ORGANISERS of Evesham’s annual Cyclefest event have hailed the event as a success after Vale residents young and old once again saddled up for the occasion.
The curtain raiser to the Cyclefest was again a ‘Big Ride’ which saw seven cyclists doing 280 miles in three days, following ‘Via Magna Carta’ to Salisbury and Runnymede.
A week later, that was followed by the new Mountain Bike Challenge, which took place on a newly-created course at The Valley.
Forty nine competitors took part in a range of age-related categories, from under-eights up to adult enthusiast.
Organiser John Webster said: “It was great to see so many keen mountain bikers with a specially-designed course that they could ride safely.
“Everyone had the chance to have two runs, with trophies awarded based on the fastest time.
“We couldn’t have done this without the great support of The Valley and British Cycling.
“We’ve had great feedback from everyone who took part, including the marshals and other helpers,” he added.
John’s grandson, James, was thrilled to win the U8s category and returned the next day to ride the new Town Ride, a three-mile route along the river and back.
Together with his sister Ava, who at two and a half was the youngest participant, James was among 14 rides who took part in the route.
The 20-mile Family Ride went to Pershore and back, with a shorter option for those who just wanted to do 12.5 miles.
Once back the riders and others had the chance to see a range of stalls and activities such as the ever-popular pedal-powered smoothie bike.
Kim Dunn and her group of scooter riders put on a great demonstration of jumps and twists while Kevin Harrison’s ‘Cycles in Amsterdam’ picture won the photo competition.
Sue Ablett, chair of the Cyclefest Committee said “Organising events like this is a lot of hard work but there was a real buzz at the mountain bike event. It was great to see so many toddlers on the new Town Ride.”
Visit www.cycleeveshamvale.org for more information on monthly cycle rides.