The Big Bike Ride 2014 is encouraging families to jump in the saddle and take part in a ride through beautiful Cambridgeshire scenery with fun activities along the way, including a pop-up velodrome!
The 12-mile route for this year’s Big Bike Ride has been devised by the Cambridgeshire County Council and uploaded to my.viewranger.com so you can download the route to your smartphone or tablet, via the ViewRanger app. The route includes a range of cycle paths and well-chosen roads providing maximum enjoyment for riders.
If you are taking part in the event you can mount your phone on your handlebars and see how exactly where you are along the route, or spectators can use the route to identify the best place to spectate and support friends and family.
The Big Bike Ride starts at Histon football ground, home to the first of the family friendly activities – a pop-up velodrome! StreetVelodrome offers riders an adrenaline filled insight into competitive cycling, as well as a real spectacle for supporters!
Once cyclists have finished aspiring to be Sir Chris Hoy or Victoria Pendleton, the Big Bike Ride moves from Histon into Cambridge and then out towards Coton for the second activity – a wooden pump track designed to refine your two-wheeled skills and create maximum speed around the course. The Plough, located in the centre of Coton, will be serving up a BBQ which would be a great opportunity to stop and have a light bite to eat!
After the pit stop in Coton, the route sets off back through the heart of Cambridge and out towards Jesus Green. For one day only this park will be home to a giant airbag, offering cyclists the opportunity to try out some tricks and flicks off the ramp, before falling into the safety of the air bag.
The final stage of the route heads north up to Kings Hedges and returns to Histon via the guided busway. Once finished the Histon and Impington Feast activities will be in full swing, giving riders a great opportunity to have some well-deserved refreshments.
This year’s Big Bike Ride is raising money for the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, which is building a new hospice on the outskirts of Cambridge, and Press Relief, a local community fund that awards money to a range of groups and individuals in the Cambridgeshire area.
Registration details as well as further information about the Big Bike Ride are available at: www.arhc.org.uk/bigbikeride
Scan this QR code to download the route, and get riding for these two great causes!