Reach Ride 2014
Planning for this year’s ride has started and will take place on Monday 5 May 2014. It will be similar to last year’s event, which is described below – let’s hope we get equally fantastic weather!
Reach Ride 2013
Superb weather on the day ensured we had a great turnout – the official count was 585 – thank you everyone who enjoyed the event and especially our marshals who helped it run as smoothly as possible.
There are some photos at these locations…
- http://www.flickr.com/photos/fotoinsight/sets/72157633440494991/ (small subset)
- http://www.flickr.com/photos/fotoinsight/sets/72157633421634209/with/8717054962/ (full set)
Previous Details follow
We start from in front of the Guildhall, Market Square, Cambridge on Monday 6th May 2013, from 9:30am for 10am prompt departure. Plan your ride to the start.
We follow National Cycle Network route 51 all the way to the historic fair in the village of Reach, 12 miles away. Much of the ride is on cycleways but does include some on-road sections and places where we have to cross busy roads. We arrive in time to watch the Mayor of Cambridge open the fair at Noon.
There’s time to relax and enjoy the various activities at the fair such as beer and food tents, maypole, fairground rides and entertainments.
We lead a group back to Cambridge at 2pm via Tubney Fen and the eerily quiet fen roads leading to Lode, rejoining the outgoing route at Bottisham.
We expect to return to the Guildhall by 4pm.
Follow tweets about the ride using the #ReachRide hashtag.
The ride takes place on the day of the historic country fair in the village of Reach at the end of Devil’s Dyke. The Mayor of Cambridge will lead the ride from the Guildhall at 10am and will arrive at Reach in good time to open the fair at noon. This tradition goes back over 800 years, and is accompanied by the throwing of pennies for ‘the poor villagers’. Children love to catch as many as they can. There are stalls, fairground rides, a maypole, morris dancing and food and drink tents. It’s perfect for a family day out. The ride back to Cambridge will leave at 2pm on the very quiet roads towards the fens, via Lode and rejoining the outgoing route at Bottisham.
Come prepared for stunning views of open country, all the fun of the fair and changeable weather. Bring water, snacks, a bike lock and money to buy food. The pace will be leisurely: the riding time to Reach is a bit less than 2 hours each way. This ride is organised by Cambridge Cycling City in partnership with Cambridgeshire County Council’s Bike Friendly Cities project, Cambridge City Council, Outspoken Cycle Training, Cambridge Cycling Campaign and Bike Week. They are open to everyone, and this includes accompanied child cyclists who are strong enough to ride for around 27 miles. Children under age 10 may find the full distance challenging, but you can do shorter rides by joining the ride along the route, at Newmarket Road Park and Ride site for instance. The ride will be accompanied by marshals who are able to help with simple bike problems. You are of course free to ride independently. This is a ride just for fun, there is no charge and there is no sponsorship.
Our leaflet is being taken to as many bike shops in Cambridge as we can find, and the tourist information centre, or you can download it by clicking on the above picture.
- How many people are you expecting on the ride?
- It really will depend on the weather on the day. In previous years there have been more than 350 riders, and this year we are hoping for between 300 and 500 riders.
- Are children welcome on the ride?
- Children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Accommpanied children are welcome on the ride – but you will be responsible for looking after them. We travel at a pace which should easily accommodate most children who are regular cyclists. Children under about 10 might find the full return distance a bit much, but if they’re on trailer bikes they should be ok. You can make the ride shorter by joining the ride along the route, at Newmarket Road Park and Ride site for instance. You must be prepared to bail out and go back with them! The route is almost all along quiet roads but there are some sections on roads shared with motor traffic.
- Are you on Twitter?
- Yes, for the latest tweets: http://twitter.com/search?q=ReachRide. Add your own by mentioning the hashtag #ReachRide in your tweets.
Ride from Ely to the Fair
Another ride to Reach Fair meets outside Ely Station at 9.30am to depart at 10am for Reach. This is a free ride led by Ely Cycling Campaign which follows the National Cycle Network and is suitable for the whole family.