Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Aviva Tour rides this coming Sunday

Whether you're interested in a family ride, or something longer - at 40/75/100 miles, Aviva have the race for you on Sunday 4th October in Worcestershire. Check out our What's On page for details....

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Evesham's Second Cyclefest is over

Push Bike! volunteers were pleased to help out colleagues in Evesham on Sunday 13th September at their second annual Cyclefest. Here’s a short report on the full range of cycling events they organised.

Evesham’s second annual Cyclefest is over for another year. There were some new elements to the Cyclefest this year and the organisers were delighted with how well they went. The curtain raiser to the Cyclefest was again a ‘BIG Ride’ which saw 7 cyclists doing 280 miles in 3 days, following ‘Via Magna Carta’ to Salisbury and Runnymede. A week later that was followed by the new Mountain Bike Challenge, which took place on a newly created course at The Valley. Forty nine competitors took part in a range of age-related categories, from under 8 up to adult enthusiast. John Webster, who organised the event, was delighted with the result. “It was great to see so many keen mountain bikers with a specially designed course that they could ride safely. Everyone had the chance to have two runs, with trophies awarded based on the fastest time. We couldn’t have done this without the great support of The Valley and British Cycling. We’ve had great feedback from everyone who took part, including the marshals and other helpers. There is huge enthusiasm for it to be repeated.”

Evesham Cyclefest

John’s grandson, James, was thrilled to win the Under 8 category. The next day he was back on his bike to ride the new Town Ride, a 3 mile route along the river and back. This time he was accompanied by his sister, Ava, who at two and a half was the youngest participant. It was great to see fourteen riders on the Town Ride, which was introduced following requests for a ride that young toddlers would be able to do. The 20 mile Family Ride went to Pershore and back, with a shorter option for those who just wanted to do 12.5 miles. All 36 came back over the ferry, which is always a popular end to the ride.

Evesham Cyclefest
Once back the riders and others had the chance to see a range of stalls and activities.  Using the pedal powered smoothie bike is always popular.  Kim Dunn and her group of scooter riding lads put on a great demonstration of jumps and twists.  There were 24 entries in the Photo Competition – the brief was a photo of any sort as long as it had a cycling theme.  Congratulations to Kevin Harrison for his artistic photo, entitled ‘Cycles in Amsterdam.’

Sue Ablett, Chair of the Cyclefest Committee said “Organising events like this is a lot of hard work – something that Nigel Huddleston acknowledged when he declared the Cyclefest open – but there was a real buzz at the mountain bike event, it was great to see so many toddlers on the new Town Ride, and to hear the comments of those returning from The Family Ride. Some enjoyed it so much they were keen to do the route again, new friendships were made, and for some they achieved their longest ride. The Cyclefest was organised in partnership with Cycle Evesham Vale, who are keen to build on the success of the Cyclefest and encourage more people to get on their bikes and start riding. See their website for details of the popular monthly social rides.” (www.cycleeveshamvale.org).

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

The Tour Ride - Not Just for Mamils

On  Sunday 4th October Worcester will host the Aviva Tour Ride. Its the official ‘sportive’ associated with the Tour of Britain and gives amateur cyclists the chance to experience what its like to be in a professional cycle race.

This year the organisers have gone out of their way to broaden its appeal. The challenging 100 and 75 mile routes will certainly appeal more to those Middle Aged Men in Lycra but don’t let that put you off.  There are two shorter routes.

A gently undulating 40 mile route will circle the City passing through Pershore and Droitwich. Developed in consultation with the local Women On Wheels cycle club it is also the ride cycling commentator Hugh Porter has chosen to invite his friends to join him on as part of his 75th birthday celebrations. To sign up for any of the above visit www.tourride.co.uk

There’s also a free to enter 3.5 mile family ride. The route starts on the Racecourse and follows Worcester’s picturesque riverside between the Sabrina and Diglis cycle bridges before returning on the east side of the Severn beneath the dramatic backdrop of the cathedral.  Being almost flat and traffic free the family route will appeal to cyclists of all abilities. Entry is on the day.

As well as the spectacle of over 1,000 riders starting their challenges from outside The Arena there will be mechanical bike support at the start and an event village on the Racecourse.

Push Bike! will have a stand in the event village with lots of information and advice on cycling locally. www.pushbikecampaign.org

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Worcestershire's Weekend of Cycling 7 Sept 205

Cycle challenges and charity rides are great for encouraging people to get on a bike. In case last Thursday’s ‘National Cycle to Work Day’ didn’t tempt you to get your trusty (or should that be rusty?) steed out of the shed there’s lots of local cycling events to suit all tastes next weekend, 12-13th September.

The second annual Evesham Cyclefest offers Off-Road Mountain Biking at Evesham Country Park on Saturday and on Sunday there’ll be lots of cycle related activities in the town centre and Push Bike! volunteers will be manning the registration desk for three led rides of 3, 12 and 20 miles. For full details  www.cycleeveshamvale.org.

There’s also another three cycle events next Saturday.

The annual Ride and Stride event raises funds for The Historic Churches Trust and a charity of your choice. Many of Worcestershire’s most historic churches will be open and offering refreshments on the day. You decide which churches you want to visit and plan your route accordingly www.rideandstrideuk.org.

The second Ride for Rory offers a one-way 18 mile or two-way 36 mile sponsored ride between Worcester and Redditch Hospitals to raise funds for ‘Rory’, their prostate cancer fighting robot. www.worcsacute.nhs.uk.

If your kids aspire to being the next Bradley Wiggins there’s an under 16 ‘Go Ride’ circuit racing event at Stourport Sports Club www.severnvalleyvelo.co.uk.

On Sunday Malvern sees a welcome return of The Elgar Vintage Ride. For those prepared to either dress up in period costume or ride a vintage bike, (or both), there’s the usual 6 mile family ride and a new 44 mile ‘Sportive’ ride to the Elgar Birthplace Museum and back. www.malverncycles.org.uk.

Push Bike! produces a regularly updated What’s On Guide to cycling events around Worcestershire. You can download the latest copy for free from our website http://www.pushbikecampaign.org/p/whats-on.html
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