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Cyclists get set for the Reach Ride on May 1

By Ben Comber

The Reach Ride 2014. Picture: Mike Clark
The Reach Ride 2014. Picture: Mike Clark

Camcycle is organising the annual family-friendly and free ride to the fair in the village of Reach.

Hundreds of cyclists are expected to congregate outside the Guildhall in Cambridge city centre on bank holiday Monday, May 1, for the Reach Ride.

This year the ride leaves Cambridge at 10am, but riders will gather in the market square from 9am.

Organisers Camcycle say there’s a sense of excitement and anticipation as the groups of friends come together, marshals make themselves known and when last minute adjustments to bikes are made.

Roxanne De Beaux, Cycling Campaign Officer for Camcycle said: “I am really looking forward to the Reach Ride this year. It’s a relaxed and sociable ride through the fens and a nice way to catch up with friends and make new friends along the way.

“It’s a real festival of cycling and I love to see cyclists of all ages and abilities and the many different styles of cycles they choose to ride including tandems, recumbents, cargo bikes and even unicycles.

“There are also plenty of great options for lunch at the Reach Fair to fuel the journey home.

“After many years organising the ride, Camcycle has made it easy for people to join in the fun. Just meet us at The Guildhall in the morning and we will lead the way.”

Participants follow the national cycle network (NCN) route 51 to Bottisham from where the riders then take NCN route 11 to Reach arriving in time for the opening of the fair. A field is provided to park bikes and most people lock their bikes together in groups.

The fair officially opens at 12 noon with proclamations from the dignitaries and the throwing of pennies.

The return ride to Cambridge is also led along the same route home and leaves the bike parking area at 2pm, arriving back at Guildhall by 4pm.

For more information or to request assistance on the day email contact@camcycle.org.uk


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