Families and cycling enthusiasts are being encouraged to participate in a special Spring weekend of cycling excitement.
Cycle Wiltshire, part of Wiltshire Council’s Legacy for Wiltshire partnership, is an opportunity for people to take to the road on their bikes, as well as experience the excitement and thrill of top-class cycling in their local community. People are being encouraged to visit Cycle Wiltshire to find out more.
The Cycle Wiltshire Sportive event is being staged, for the second year running, on Saturday 9 May and Sunday 10 May and gives people of all cycling abilities the chance to take part in a picturesque ride through Salisbury and the surrounding area.
On Saturday 9 May people will have a choice of three distances to ride: 20 miles for the beginners and 64 miles or 100 miles for enthusiasts and those looking for an extra challenge. There is also a planned one mile route for youngsters and their families keen not to miss out.
The events all start at Salisbury Community Campus at Five Rivers, Salisbury. Rides start from 8.30am, with registration between 4pm and 8pm on Friday 8 May, and from 7am on Saturday 9 May.
There will also be displays and exhibition stands as well as entertainment for all the family to enjoy at the Sportive Village at the leisure centre.
The weekend’s cycling fun continues on Sunday 10 May with the Cycle Wiltshire Grand Prix. This elite cycle race, part of the British Cycling National Road Race series, will see about 100 elite riders from top professional teams taking part.
Local people can line the route to support some of the best riders in Britain as they compete.
The riders will set off under non-race conditions at 11am from Fiver Rivers Community Campus. The peloton will head to Salisbury city centre, before the official start in Wilton. The circuits will then take in Burcombe, Barford St Martin, Compton Chamberlayne, Fovant, Ebbesbourne Wake, Bishopstone and Broad Chalke. The race will finish back in Wilton.
It is the second year running that Cycle Wiltshire has been staged. Last year more than 500 people took part.
The event is part of the council’s Legacy for Wiltshire initiative, aimed at encouraging people to keep fit and active, bring local people together and boost the local economy.
Jane Scott, leader of Wiltshire Council said: “Last year was a really great year for cycling in Wiltshire, not least with the Tour of Britain passing along the county’s roads, which inspired many people to get on their bikes, get fit and enjoy themselves.
“I hope people will come out to support the elite cyclists as they race through the county. I would also encourage people of all ages and abilities to take part in Cycle Wiltshire by challenging themselves to take part in a ride.
“Our Legacy for Wiltshire partnership is all about invigorating the local economy, bringing communities together and getting more people active.”