EVESHAM’s first ever Cyclefest has got off to a great start after a group of enthusiastic riders completed a gruelling journey from Evesham to London.
The group, which included Evesham Mayor Coun Charlie Homer, completed the challenging 270 mile ride which took them from Evesham’s landmark Bell Tower to London’s famous Big Ben and back in just three days.
The event was the first of a series events marking the festival with all funds raised going towards the Evesham Bell Tower Appeal.
Ride organiser John Webster had worked out a scenic route, largely on B roads, taking the riders through picturesque Cotswold villages, canal tow paths, rural lanes of the Chilterns and the Thames Valley, to get the riders to Maidenhead – their base for two nights.
The route into London took in Eton, sightings of Windsor Castle, and Richmond Park, before the riders had to navigate many
speed humps and traffic to Big Ben.
The riders already raised in excess of £3,000 for the Bell Tower Appeal with the sum likely to increase.
More riding will take place on Sunday (September 14) when the festival’s second event The Family One’, a scenic 20-mile circular ride from Evesham to Pershore and back, takes place.
Riders can enter on the day from 9am and will depart between 10.45am and 11.30am.
Registration forms are available in the Almonry and Library, or can be downloaded from the Bell Tower Appeal website at www.eveshambelltower.org.uk/Cyclefest.