Dashing or bashing . . . choice is yours with Bike Fest
FANCY the Grimshaw Grueller or the Bolly Bash? Or is Twenty is Plenty your thing?
The names are the three routes in the Bollington Bike Fest on Sunday, September 3.
Cycling enthusiasts of all abilities are being urged to sign up for the charity event, which is in its sixth year.
Organisers are hoping more than 300 riders will take part, raising funds for East Cheshire Hospice and other local causes.
The Grueller is a tough 68-mile challenge with more than 7,000 feet of climbing across Cheshire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire. The flatter 46-mile Bolly Bash has a few short sections of climbs around Rudyard but is a gentler ride.
Twenty is Plenty is more of a fun 20k (12-mile) along the Middlewood Way giving beginners and families a sense of the occasion of the event, sharing the Grimshaw Lane, Bollington, start/ finish with the road races. All rides have a food station with barbecue and drink at the finish.
The event is organised by Macclesfield and District Lions, Cheshire Border Girl Guiding and Bollington town council.
Co-ordinator George Cann, of the Lions, said: “It’s a great day out and the courses are designed to suit cyclists of all standards. It’s extremely well organised and the routes are spectacular.”
The Fest has raised more than £5,000 for the hospice and part of this year’s proceeds will be used to buy a defibrillator for outside Bollington Town Hall.
Between £15-20k annually is donated to good causes overall by the Lions Club. Main sponsors are Co-op Food, Bollington, with support from Roller Banners, Adelphi Mill Properties, Bollington Brewery and Rudyard Lake Hotel.
Advance entry is £20 Grueller and Bash (£25 on the day); £8 (£10) Twenty.
To enter and download a hospice entry form go to bollingtonbikefest.com. An Early Bird discount of 25 per cent applies for bookings before August 7.
MACCLESFIELD and District Lions meet twice monthly and are looking for new members aged over 18, to help develop and continue their charitable work. They are part of an international organisation and their area is Macclesfield and surrounds including Rainow, Gawsworth and Poynton.
There’s a choice of routes at Bollington Bike Fest, which is raising money for East Cheshire Hospice
The Grueller is a tough 68-mile course, with the Bolly Bash at 46 miles
Cyclists of all abilities are invited to join in