Comments from the 2011 reCycle Sportive
Mariano Rossi, Edinburgh
I had time to reflect on it, it was my best sportive ever. It was great that we stayed together, as a group, for about ¾ of the way. It is a great feeling to be part of a fast moving group. The group exploded only on the last major hill, as far as I was concerned, I got another 2 distinctive chapters after that, about 20 k more or less on my own, where I was pleased that I still manage to keep my concentration and push it, and then the last 20 k with the youngsters where again we manage to push it. To push hard for 6 hours is unchartered territory and to come trough without trouble was a great feeling. It was great to be 10th my best result ever, great route, great marshals.
Grant Urquhart, Glasgow
Really enjoyed the Sportive - lovely route, great organisation, friendly and enthusiastic volunteers, Even the soup was superb.
Fraser Robinson, Penrith
I would like to pass on my thanks to all the organisers, volunteers and sponsors of this event. It was a superb day out, tremendous route and excellent support. The soup and bun at the end was particularly welcome. Being an 80kg rider, I find the Lake District sportives are all about killing yourself over climb after climb. I found the hills of Galloway much more suited to my physique and could attack the course from the word go. I achieved my best ever result in a ride and am looking forward to next year when I can prepare better and try to improve the time.
Alison Crooks, Dumfries
Just wanted to say thanks for the event on Saturday which I thoroughly
enjoyed. The route was lovely with not too many climbs, very little traffic
and some of the best local scenery. The organisation was excellent, from a
very efficient sign-on, through a well signed and marshalled (extra thanks
to them!) route and some very welcome and extremely tasty soup at the
finish! I do hope this becomes a regular event and that I'm fit enough for the 102
Sam Findlater, Prestwick
Many thanks for a fabulous event. The organisation was first class.
Phillip Carter, Huddersfield
Just like to say a big thanks to all Organiser's, marshall's and helpers for this great sportive really enjoyed the route and scenery and will hopefully be back next year.
John Caldwell, Motherwell
Just to say a big thanks very much for the excellent event and organisation for the Galloway Re-Cycle sportive.
Was great to cycle through such stunning areas and the route had a good balance of climbs and descents spread throughout. Traffic levels were good to us even when it came to the main roads.
The organisation was excellent with a good number of opportunities to stop and refuel. Route signing was good and always easy to pick out (must have been as I didn't get lost!) with marshalls at key areas to keep us right. Everyone was very friendly and welcoming.
With a greatfully received big welcome at the finish and a delicious bowl of soup provided by the welcoming group at the finish all I can say is - a great success.
So many thanks and I hope to see it on the calendar in the future.
Douglas Ballantyne, Hamilton
Hi, the cycle today was tremendous, my first ever cycle challenge and managed it! Just wanted to ask if the photos taken will be on the website?
Same weekend next year? :-)
Dave Moss, Dumfries
Just to say thank you to everyone involved in today's ride. Great Event, great course and super support from the volunteers.
Will definitely be back next year if I'm not away.
Richard Williams, Newton Stewart
Well done, and thank you for an extremely friendly and well organised first Galloway Sportive. The route was excellent-long, but not too challenging, and the scenery lovely. The marshals and feed stations were all very well organised, with a nice selection of food. The soup and tea at the finish was just what was required. I think I would do it again, just to try to beat my time, and hopefully do it in warmer sunshine too!
Hi, just to say very many thanks to all who helped to organise and run the Galloway sportive last Saturday ; it was a wonderful event and we hope to return next year!
Sarah Barry, Glasgow
I meant to write before to say how well organised I thought the Galloway Sportive was. The people at the food stops were lovely and had a fantastic selection of food, and the soup at the end was second to none! Thank you very much for providing that - it was wonderful to come back to.
Colin Swan, Carlisle
Thank you for hosting such a wonderful event; from your very friendly group of volunteer marshals/helpers to the fantastic route and scenery.
I really had a great day and I'm sure once the word has got out, entries will be flooding in for future renewals.
Definitely will be back next year……please reserve me a place!
Iain Ross, Kilmarnock
We had a fantastic day on Saturday, the course was perfectly signed and marshalled. Food stations excellent and volunteers very friendly and helpful. The road surface was nice and smooth. This was my first 100 mile event and will definitely be back next year. Well done!!!
Brian Harrison, Newton Stewart
The first Galloway Recycle sportive was superb. The course was really enjoyable and the event marshalls and volunteers were amazing.
The soup and rolls waiting for us on our return to Kirkcudbright were especially nice and much needed. Bring on next year.