Camcycle’s Reach Ride returns on 6 May

Participants on the 2022 Reach Ride. Image: Jeremy PetersLocal charity Camcycle is offering an open invitation to join its guided ride to Reach Fair on Bank Holiday Monday 6 May. The ride is a leisurely cycle through beautiful countryside and takes a route using mostly quiet roads and off-road paths. It’s free and open to all ages and abilities, with no registration needed: just turn up and join in!

The route to Cambridge and back is around 15 miles each way. Ely Cycling Campaign also provides an alternative guided route to Reach across the Fens (around 13 miles each way). 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. The Cambridge ride sets off from outside Great St Mary’s Church on King’s Parade, with official joining points at the Green Dragon Bridge (leaving around 10.15am) and Marleigh’s Jubilee Square, near the Newmarket Road Park & Ride (leaving around 10.30am). The Ely ride departs from Ely railway station.

Return rides depart from the Reach cycle park to Ely at 2pm and to Cambridge at 2.30pm, although you may wish to travel home independently. While in Reach, there is plenty of time to enjoy the delights of the traditional fair, from the maypole and Morris dancers to fairground rides, stalls, food and entertainment. Camcycle recommends that participants bring weather-appropriate clothing, water and snacks to ensure they are comfortable on the ride, plus a bike lock and some cash for the fair.

Camcycle’s CEO, Roxanne De Beaux, said:

The Reach Ride is one of the highlights of Camcycle’s year. We love to welcome back familiar faces and to see new people discovering the delights of this special ride. We’re always excited to see a growing range of cycles on the ride and we hope this kicks off a happy summer of cycling for all those who take part. Thanks to Cambridge City Council for their support of this event and to all the brilliant Camcycle and Ely Cycling Campaign volunteers who make it possible.”

Participants are reminded to ride safely and responsibly during the ride. It’s advisable to ensure that your cycles are in good working order before setting off and to bring a few bits of basic repair kit including a cycle pump. Thanks to support from Cambridge City Council, a team of mobile 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