On your bike for charity fundraiser
CYCLISTS young and old are encouraged to get back in the saddle for the Bollington Bikefest, which returns next month.
More than 300 cyclists took part in the event last year, and so far more than £13,000 has been raised for charity.
This is the fourth year the event has been held, and takes place on Sunday, September 6 starting at the Adelphi Mill, Grimshaw Lane, Bollington.
There are rides for all ages and abilities from the ‘Twenty is plenty’ 12-mile trip down the Middlewood Way, which is ideal for families, to the Grimshaw Grueller, which stretches 40 miles across the Cheshire Plains and the 75 miles over the hills and back.
There is a slightly new route for the middle distance ‘Bolly Bash’, and this year’s Grimshaw Grueller has also had a revamp to make it slightly more challenging.
A barbecue, refreshments and a bar will be available for hungry and thirsty riders and spectators.
It’s an opportunity to ride through the glorious countryside possibly with family and friends, keep fit and meet other riders.
The event is organised by the Macclesfield and District Lions Club, Bollington Town Council and Adlephi Health Care Solutions.
George Cann, from the Lions, said: “It’s slightly different this year, but hopefully will be as fun as ever. It’s a great event and supports the East Cheshire Hospice.”
David Naylor, clerk at Bollington Town Council, added: “It’s good camaraderie. And there is plenty of support along the routes so if anyone doesn’t quite make it they will be in safe hands.
“There are some fantastic points in the route like the ‘Devils Elbow’ so it’s a real adventure.
“And there will be a bar and bbq waiting for you at the end.”
The main sponsor is the Co-operative Society, plus support from Roller Banners, Adlephi Mill Properties, Bollington Brewery and Rudyard Lake Hotel.
The entry fee is £20 for the Grueller and bash, or £8 for the Twenty.
This includes access to toilets and free parking and food and drink support.
For more details go to the event’s website at bollingtonbikefest.com
●» Riders have a choice of three routes to tackle