This article was published in 2013, in Newsletter 107.
The Reach Ride itself has been simplified a little more this year. We have one single departure time of 10am from the front of the Guildhall. We’ll be gathering there from 9.30am and we’re hoping to be sent off on our way by the Mayor of Cambridge, who we expect will be riding with us again. There are no earlier departures, but a shorter ride leaves from Newmarket Road Park & Ride site as late as 10.30am, and usually the ride is very well spread out by then as people join us on the way.
We ride at a leisurely pace, but aim to arrive in time to watch the Mayor open the fair at noon. We’ll stay at the fair until 2pm when we begin our return journey, starting through the eerily quiet fen roads to the west of Reach, rejoining the outgoing route at Bottisham.
Follow national cycle network route 51 to Reach, and don’t cheat by making a short-cut at Swaffham Bulbeck where it is all to easy to miss the right turn up the hill to the summit.
At Reach the cycle parking can be accessed by a gate very near to the fair. It is just a field so lock bikes together in groups. We’ll have a marshal overseeing that cycle parking area from 12 until 2pm but bikes are left at your own risk.
Your paper newsletter should come stuffed with a few copies of the promotional leaflet. These are for you to give out to friends and family or put up at your place of work or study, so please do help us to promote this ride.