Camcycle’s annual Reach Ride, a leisurely cycle through beautiful countryside to the historic Reach Fair, returns on Bank Holiday Monday 2 May. With kind support from Continental Tyres and Cambridge City Council, the ride is back after a two-year hiatus and the local cycling charity is ready to lead the citizens of Cambridge and beyond on a lovely springtime ride through the Fens.
The route covers a distance of around 15 miles each way and is free to join for all ages and abilities with no registration or booking required. Participants gather in front of Cambridge Guildhall from 9am to depart at 10am, but may also join at other locations along the route. An alternative group, led by Ely Cycling Campaign, will be departing from Ely station at 10am for a scenic, off-road route across the Fens. A team of mechanics from Outspoken Cycles will be available to help out with minor bike fixes between Cambridge and Reach.
The ride aims to arrive in time for the traditional opening of the historic Reach Fair at noon by the Mayor of Cambridge, where participants will also find a maypole, Morris Men, stalls, food and entertainment. Led rides depart from the Reach cycle park to Cambridge at 2.30pm and to Ely at 3pm. The ride and fair were even recognised in the Guardian this year as one of readers’ top carnival experiences.
Camcycle’s Executive Director, Roxanne De Beaux, said:
We’re so pleased that the Reach Ride is back this year. We know many have missed this annual tradition of a ride through the Fens to visit the fair. I know that I’m looking forward to catching up with people whom I may not have seen since the pandemic began; it will be a wonderful reunion and we welcome everyone, whatever type of cycle you ride.
The Reach Ride is the perfect event for people who may have taken up cycling during the pandemic. If you’d like to explore new cycle routes, try cycling a little further or meet like-minded people, then this is a safe and supported way to do so. The ride is family-friendly and travels via off-road cycle routes or quiet, low-traffic roads. Camcycle marshals and signage will help guide the way.”
The weather for the Bank Holiday looks mild and sunny, so participants are reminded to bring suncream, weather-appropriate clothing, water and snacks to ensure they are safe and comfortable on the ride. A bike lock and cash for refreshments (there is no cash machine at Reach) will also be needed. It is also advisable to bring a few bits of basic repair kit including a cycle pump and to ensure all cycles are in good working order before setting off. Toilets are available at Reach Fair and Newmarket Road Park & Ride.
Find out more about the ride at camcycle.org.uk/reachride