Camcycle’s annual Reach Ride, a leisurely cycle through beautiful countryside to the historic Reach Fair, returns on Bank Holiday Monday 1 May. It’s free and open to all: participants can cycle with the local cycling charity from Cambridge or with Ely Cycling Campaign from Ely. Both rides meet from 9am to depart at 10am and aim to arrive in time for the traditional opening of the Fair at noon by the Mayor of Cambridge. There will be time to enjoy the fair including a maypole, Morris dancers, stalls, food and entertainment before led rides return at 2pm to Ely and 2.30pm to Cambridge.
Camcycle’s Executive Director, Roxanne De Beaux, said:
We are delighted to bring this much-loved Bank Holiday tradition back for another year. It’s a great celebration of our region’s cycling culture and we always enjoy seeing the wide range of riders and cycles taking part. Thanks to Continental and Cambridge City Council for their support: we hope that this ride helps many participants explore our rural routes for the first time and marks the beginning of a happy summer of cycling.”
For the Cambridge ride, participants should meet from 9am outside Great St Mary’s Church on King’s Parade for a departure at 10am. There are additional meeting points on the Stourbridge Common side of the Green Dragon bridge (departing around 10.15am) and at the Marleigh Community Centre in Jubilee Square, near Newmarket Road Park & Ride (departing around 10.30am).
Hilary Bannerman, Marleigh’s on-site ranger said:
The Land Trust, the national charity which looks after Marleigh for the benefit of residents and the environment, is delighted to be part of the 2023 Reach Ride and to welcome others who love being outdoors. Our Jubilee Square stop will offer toilets, water and a pop-up Signorelli’s refreshment stall (an on-site café opens here in Summer 2023).”
The route from Cambridge covers a distance of around 15 miles each way on off-road routes and quiet roads. The Ely route is around 13 miles each way. Participants should meet Ely Cycling Campaign outside Ely railway station and come prepared for a mainly off-road and unpaved route. For a shorter route, cyclists can join and leave either ride at any point.
Participants are reminded to ride safely and responsibly and to bring weather-appropriate clothing, water and snacks to ensure they are 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. A team of mechanics from Outspoken Cycles will be available to help out with minor bike fixes between Cambridge and Reach.
Find out more about the ride at camcycle.org.uk/reachride