The History of Nova Raiders Cycling Club
In December 2008 several friends decided that they needed a challenge for the forthcoming year and after some discussion it was decided that they would attempt the gruelling “Pyrenean Raid” cycle challenge. In September 2009 a group of twelve riders, many of whom were non-cyclists before their training began, completed the 450 mile challenge and in the process raised over £11,000 for charity.
As a result of this success, in early 2010, we decided to form Nova Raiders Cycling Club specifically to carry on raising money for local and national charities. In May 2010 around twenty Raiders completed a Newport to Newport (Gwent) to Newport sponsored relay challenge and were able to donate £1,500 to help facilitate the staging of the nationally-famous Newport Nocturne cycle race.
A year later, in June 2011, twenty six cyclists and support crew completed a 300 mile cycle challenge from Portsmouth to Newport, on a circuit taking in services installations and military hospitals, raising over £12,500 for the “Help for Heroes” charity.
In May 2012 Nova Raiders organised the “Route 66 Sportive” which attracted over 300 cyclists and raised £4,500 towards Newport RUFC’s new clubhouse. Next years “Route 66 Sportive” will be held on Saturday, May 11th 2013 and along with their flagship 66 mile route there will be 10 mile and 33 mile courses too. The HQ for the 2013 sportive will be the sports pavilion at Longford Hall, a beautiful Georgian mansion set in one hundred acres of grounds, with magnificent views of the surrounding Shropshire countryside.
Each year, in early spring, Nova Raiders run a week long training camp in Majorca and this is becoming increasingly popular with club members. Whilst there last April, six club members took part in the iconic “312 Mallorca Sportive”, arguably Europe’s longest one day sportive with all riders finishing well within the 13 hour cut off time.
Nova Raiders Cycling Club has grown rapidly and now has over 45 members. The Raiders pride themselves on being a friendly, social club that welcomes all ages and abilities. The club has monthly meetings at “The Phez” to which all newcomers are more than welcome to attend.
Once or twice a year Nova Raiders organise a weekend jolly and this year a dozen or so members cycled to Betws-y-Coed in Wales, staying the night in a bunkhouse and cycling back the following morning, some rather the worse for wear!!
To date, Nova Raiders have raised over £35,000 for local and national charities and, with the kind support of local people, we will endeavour to carry on raising much needed funds for good causes.