This article was published in 2020, in Magazine 146.
Ride to Reach with Camcycle and friends on Sunday 10 May
Please note that owing to the Coronavirus pandemic, some events have been cancelled and others have been moved online. Find out more on our Events Page.
Gather your friends, colleagues or family for Camcycle’s annual Reach Ride. It’s a leisurely ride through beautiful countryside to the historic fair in the village of Reach.
This year, the ride will be held on Sunday 10 May. If you’re cycling from Cambridge, meet Camcycle at the Guildhall from 9am for a 10am departure. Alternatively, you can join us at the Green Dragon bridge on Stourbridge Common as we cycle past at around 10.15 or Newmarket Road Park & Ride at around 10.30. Those coming from Ely can ride with Ely Cycling Campaign, who will be meeting at Ely railway station from 9am for a 10am departure. Led return rides will depart from the Reach cycle park, to Ely at 2pm and to Cambridge at 2.30pm.
We encourage other local groups to collect in their communities, villages and towns and join us anywhere along the route. Do let us know if you have a meeting point that we can promote.
The route follows National Cycle Network routes NCN51 to Bottisham then NCN11 via Lode. However, there is likely to be a diversion this year owing to the construction of the Chisholm Trail. We will publish the map on our website once the route is confirmed and we will have printed maps to hand out on the day.
The ride is a leisurely 29 miles return, which children under 10, and some adults, might find challenging. If you would like to try an electric bike or a cargo bike for the ride, please get in touch as we know there are several local bike shops who offer free or affordable trials.
On the day, make sure you bring water, snacks, weather-suitable clothing (e.g. sunhats, raincoats), a bike lock and cash to buy food (there is no cash machine at Reach). It is also advisable to bring a few bits of basic repair kit including a cycle pump.
At Reach, please park your cycle in the fair’s designated area, a field on the left as you approach the village centre. Although there is a fence we suggest you lock bikes together in groups: security is your responsibility.
Thank you to Continental Tyres for sponsoring the 2020 Reach Ride.
Call for sponsors and events for the 2020 Cambridge Festival of Cycling
The Cambridge Festival of Cycling is back in September for a third celebration of the city’s cycling culture. Our monthlong programme of events is already filling up, with our social ride confirmed for Saturday 5 September and the Cargo Carnival returning on Saturday 19 September. CamcycleTech, our event exploring the science and technology of cycling, will also be back at the Cambridge Museum of Technology and we’re calling for sponsors and speakers to get involved and inspire the local community.
Cambridge Independent will join us again as media partners, providing coverage of the festival and cycling issues in their September editions.
Cambridge Festival of Cycling aims to showcase and celebrate all aspects of cycling in Cambridge, from everyday cycling, family cycling, inclusive cycling, sports cycling and cycle touring, to the history, science and art of cycling. Community groups and organisations are invited to submit their own events.
Previous events have included social cycle rides, cycle try-outs, movie nights, photography exhibitions, and guest speakers. We’re particularly keen to see events that promote and celebrate the diversity of cycling in Cambridge and events which encourage new people to try cycling. There is no charge to include your event in the festival, but donations to Camcycle are certainly appreciated to help fund the efforts to produce the festival.
Dates for your Diary
Camcycle Spring Social
Tuesday 10 March
Camcycle members and friends are invited to join us in the Garden Room at the Alex pub on Gwydir Street from 6.30pm. Food and drinks can be purchased from the bar.
Camcycle’s 25th birthday
Tuesday 16 June
Save the date as we’re planning events around our anniversary. We’d particularly like to say thank you and reach out to communities in and around Cambridge so are looking for volunteers to help us on stalls at Strawberry Fair, Arbury Carnival, Chesterton Festival and Fulbourn Feast.