The 11th annual Reach Ride had a huge turn out of over 800 people on the May Bank Holiday.
The ride, organised by Camcycle volunteers, saw nearly 300 people of all ages and with all kinds of cycles join the main departure from Market Square at 10 am. As the ride progressed along the river more participants were collected, including a significant number at the Newmarket Park and Ride meeting point. At least 847 ‘saddles’ were eventually counted at the Reach Fair cycle park.
This year people came from far and wide including Leicester, London, Peterborough, Kings Lynn and Whittlesey to join the Ride which has now become quite famous. A group of 20, led by Ely Cycling Campaign also departed from Ely to meet with the Cambridge group at Reach.
Lily (9) said about the ride “I really enjoyed cycling along with a lot of other people and keeping up with the leading orange flag. The fair rides half way is a real bonus for me!!”
The Reach Riders enjoyed the fair in Reach with plenty of options for lunch and all the features of the fair including the maypole, Morris dancing and dog shows.
The ride was supported with funds from the City Council’s Cycling and Walking Promotion fund and Outspoken Delivery provided leaflet distribution around Cambridge.
Roxanne De Beaux, Cycling Campaign Officer for Camcycle reported on the ride “We were very pleased with the turn out for this year’s ride, the second best we have had in 11 years of organising this event.
We must thank our dedicated volunteers who again worked for months to organise this event and for those on the day who helped to guide the many people on bikes from Cambridge to Reach.
It was quite surprising to hear how many people came from other towns to visit Cambridge for the ride. Clearly we are doing something great here and the word is out that Cambridge knows how to organise a welcoming, inclusive and fun ride. "
In 2016 around 720 ‘saddles’ were counted at the Reach Fair cycle park. The record number of 988 ‘saddles’ was in 2014 for the special “Le Reach Ride’ which formed part of the Tour de France celebrations.
Camcycle, Cambridge Cycling Campaign, works for more, better and safer cycling for all ages and abilities in and around Cambridge. With over 1200 members the charity is one of the largest membership organisations in Cambridge. To support the Campaign’s work and to be kept up to date with cycling issues and events you can join at www.camcycle.org.uk/membership