"Back2Fitness" Event: Pitshanger Park, Ealing - 31 August 2014

What a great day had by all!

 Officially our first outing with our new gazebo, flags, banners & cool kit

Officially our first outing with our new gazebo, flags, banners & cool kit

In collaboration with "Will to Win" Pitshanger Park & ourselves, we invited a few like minded friends to ensure this long glorious Summer continued for just a little bit longer & to encourage those who have let their fitness program slide some what to get back on the saddle, so to speak, and boy did the Sun do us proud.

 Will to Win, Pitshanger Park, Ealing HQ & Coffee House

Will to Win, Pitshanger Park, Ealing HQ & Coffee House

The others that were part of the "Back2Fitness" event were, Ealing Cycle Campaign, London Bike Hub, VeloMec & Ealing Metropolitan Police Service , W5 Physio . . and finally the Community of Ealing. Our objective was to bring Cycling & Tennis together on one day and to make the local community become aware as to the resources that is on their doorstep via these local businesses & associations.

 The lovely boys from London Bike Hub, Ealing Cycle Campaign & Ealing MPS

The lovely boys from London Bike Hub, Ealing Cycle Campaign & Ealing MPS

London Bike Hub provided minor bicycle maintenance & advice, whilst Ealing Cycle Campaign (part of London Cycle Campaign) were there to advise cyclist about group rides, safety & other aspects of cycling. And Ealing MPS were offering free security registration for bicycles. They were all kept busy.

 David of VeloMec with Richard of Ealing MPS

David of VeloMec with Richard of Ealing MPS

VeloMec, deal with full bike maintenance, re-builds, customs builds & cycle-fits. We recently met David on a SaddleDrunk ride-out from PaperBack Coffee in South Ealing Road & we discussed a project we were working on, which was our very our SaddleDrunk bike. David was up for the challenge & the result is a fabulous full carbon bike weighing at 7kg!

 The Beast built by David of VeloMec

The Beast built by David of VeloMec

Tom of Will to Win had put on free tennis session for the next generation of tennis players. Many young children were having great fun led by two of Will to Win's excellent coaches.

 Great lob attempt by the young player

Great lob attempt by the young player

 Don't argue with me, that was definitely IN! (where's HawkEye?)

Don't argue with me, that was definitely IN! (where's HawkEye?)

 The Calm before the Racquet!

The Calm before the Racquet!

Hundreds of people from the local community turned-up enjoying the pleasant surroundings and the facilities available. Many were surprised that such a park existed on their doorstep together with high quality tennis courts and a coffee house which serves a mean Flat White!.

We met many people, some we knew but many that we didn't and it was a treat meeting & and speaking with them all. It was great to meet Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Environment & Transport, on his new steed. We look forward to working with the Councillor and other key members of the Ealing Community & Commerce in achieving a safe environment for cyclists as well as encouraging health & fitness in the borough.

 David (No2) of VeloMec fitting someone Pride & Joy

David (No2) of VeloMec fitting someone Pride & Joy

We love cycling, we also love running (every Saturday 9am from PaperBack Coffee) but what we love most of all is helping you get fit but if cycling and running "ain't your thang" we can point you in the right direction. We are based in Ealing & we know people who can help you.

We like to thank all of those that took time to set-up their gazebos & share their experience & knowledge, all of the lovely folk of Ealing that came to see us to make worth while but mostly we like to thank Tom Fairhead of Will to Win, Pitshanger Park for allowing us to use make this event happen. Cheers Tom.

 We are SaddleDrunk

We are SaddleDrunk

Thanks for the love Ealing & until next time "Cycle Safe"

Stefano & Panayiotis XX