Reach Ride 2018 smashes event records

 

On Monday 7 May, record-breaking temperatures were recorded for the early bank holiday and Camcycle was busy breaking its own records too, on our 12th annual Reach Ride. A huge band of cyclists of all ages assembled at the Guildhall for the official send-off and the number increased along the route with more and more leisure cyclists keen to join in the fun. More than 100 cyclists, including many young children, joined us at the Green Dragon bridge, giving us a clue that the sunny day would bring out an unprecedented number of attendees.

 

After an enjoyable sunny ride out to Reach, we counted an amazing 1092 saddles in the village’s cycle park. As one supporter pointed out on Twitter, if most of those cyclists had completed the return trip from Cambridge, the aggregate distance pedalled was greater than the entire length of the equator! You can see some of them on our video from Stourbridge Common and on this great bike-mounted video from Rad Wagon.

 

We had some great feedback and lovely photos shared on social media. Below are a few of our favourites. We didn’t have an official photographer this year so are still putting together a collection of photos from our team of volunteers. If you have any great pictures you’d be happy to share, please get in touch!

 

 

Rosi Jack‏ @rosij

Loved our first go at the #ReachRide today – kids’ longest ever cycle. Next year we’ll be aiming for the whole distance

 

Jason Day‏ @dayjn

Great job today to everyone who helped make this ride happen! What a massive success!

 

Rad Wagon‏ @RadWagon

The kids on #ReachRide are just awesome. The size of them determined to pedal their hearts out.

 

Our Executive Director, Roxanne De Beaux, spoke to Ian Daborn at Cambridge 105 radio before the event: you can listen to their conversation again on the Cambridge 105 website. And don’t forget to save the date for next year’s ride: we’ll be hoping to set a new record in 2019 on bank holiday Monday 6 May.