This article was published in 2012, in Newsletter 101.
Our biggest annual event starts this year from outside the Guildhall at 9.30am on Monday 7 May 2012. We ride the 12 miles to the traditional and historic country fair in the village of Reach. All the details are on the leaflets we have enclosed with your newsletter.
Our website www.camcycle.org.uk contains the latest information about the ride.
Please do help us make this a big and enjoyable event by bringing your family and friends, by organising a group or simply joining in. Give the leaflets to friends or put them up at your place of work, school, meeting place – or wherever. If you need more leaflets do get in touch.
The ride starts on Bank Holiday Monday 7 May outside the Guildhall in Market Square. The route will be exactly the same as in 2011. We are riding to Reach Fair where we shall stay for just over 2 hours before returning via the Lodes Way. We assemble from 9.00am and departures start from 9.30am until our last departure at 10.00am. You can join the ride as we pass the Fort St. George pub on Midsummer Common, the Green Dragon Bridge on Stourbridge Common, or at Newmarket Road Park & Ride where the last riders will pass at 10.30am. Slower riders are encouraged to join the earlier starts to ensure we get to Reach in good time for the opening of the fair at noon.
Reaching our goal of 500 riders depends on the weather on the morning of the ride, and how well we can all encourage our friends and families to take part in the event. This event is an excellent demonstration of the practicality of bicycles over this sort of distance.
We do need more people to help marshal the event to make sure it runs smoothly. The main job of a marshal is to know the route, so if you want to help with that do get in touch. As many marshals as possible should come on our reconnaissance ride on Saturday 5 May, leaving from 10.30am in front of the Guildhall. We will ride the whole route to note any problems and to make sure the paths are clear of overgrown hedges and any sharps that might cause punctures.
We are delighted to have the Mayor joining in with us again this year. We hope you can make it, and look forward to seeing you there.