Get back in the sad­dle for fun char­ity bike fest

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

RID­ERS are gear­ing up for the re­turn of the town’s mass char­ity bike ride

The Bolling­ton Bike Fest has been or­gan­ised by the Town Coun­cil, along with Mac­cles­field Lions, Girl Guid­ing Cheshire Border and Adel­phi Mill Prop­er­ties, and will take place on Sun­day, Septem­ber 7.

Last year the event raised more than £5,000 for the East Cheshire Hospice. This year the Pros­trate Can­cer char­ity will also ben­e­fit from the funds.

David Nay­lor, clerk at Bolling­ton Town Coun­cil. said: “Last year over 270 rid­ers took part and helped to raise £5,000 for good causes in­clud­ing East Cheshire Hospice and Prostate Can­cer.

“We are ex­pect­ing more rid­ers this year.”

The event in­cludes three rides of vary­ing dif­fi­cul­ties so that cy­clists of all ages and abil­i­ties can take part.

The eas­i­est route is the Twenty is Plenty, which is 20k along the Mid­dle­wood Way and back and is part of Route 55 of the Na­tional Cy­cle­way. The route is car free and safe for all ages, with pic­nic spots along the way.

The Bolly Bash takes rid­ers over 40 miles rid­ing along Cheshire Lanes and foothills, with the Grimshaw Gru­eller tak­ing in the same route plus another 35 miles and 5,000ft clas­si­fied climbs.

Mr Nay­lor added: “It’s a fan­tas­tic event, peo­ple re­ally en­joy get­ting in­volved. It’s not a race, It’s an op­por­tu­nity to ride through our glo­ri­ous countryside pos­si­bly with fam­ily and friends, to keep fit and to meet other rid­ers.

“The shorter route is rel­a­tively flat so its a fairly easy ride.”

All the routes will be fully mar­shalled with in­ter­me­di­ate feed- sta­tions, plus a post event bar­be­cue and mu­sic from Canalside The Thread.

Food will be pro­vided by The Co-op­er­a­tive Store in Bolling­ton, who are spon­sor­ing the event.

The event be­gins at the Adel­phi Mill on Grimshaw Lane, with regis­tra­tion from 8.00am.

The fam­ily ride costs £8 per cy­clist or £25 for a fam­ily of four, while the Bolly Bash and the Grimshaw Gru­eller cost £20 per person. All prices in­clude a bar­be­cue and re­fresh­ments.

To reg­is­ter, or to find out more de­tails, go to bolling­ton­bike­fest.com or email info@ bolling­ton­bike­fest.com

●● Cy­clists take part in last year’s Twenty is Plenty

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