This article was published in 2011, in Newsletter 94.
Cycling England has been promoting cycling in 18 English towns over the last few years. To mark the closure of that programme, a bike ride from Cambridge to Southend-on-Sea is planned for Saturday 26 March 2011.
The ride will start from Jesus Green, Cambridge, where riders can register from 7.00 am and start from 7.30 am to 9.00 am. The route will pass through the centre of Cambridge, Addenbrooke’s, Saffron Walden and on through Essex to the cycling demonstration town of Southend-on-Sea. The distance is approximately 74 miles, about 7 hours of riding time.
The ride is being organised by the two demonstration towns: Cycle Cambridge has responsibility as far as Saffron Walden and Cycle Southend will lead the ride through Essex. The ride will help raise funds for the British Heart Foundation, and so there will be a participation fee of £20 per rider, and you’ll get a t-shirt and medal. Participants will need to make their own arrangements for getting home. There will also be a much shorter 10 mile ride to Whittlesford Station. The fee for that is £5, but free for children.
The ride will also be the final event in another of the popular ‘Cycling Challenge’ promotions and so the expected number of riders is in the region of 600. Cycle Cambridge will be looking for volunteers to help with marshalling this event (volunteers will be exempt from the fees).
Register for the event on the British Heart Foundation website: http://www.bhf.org.uk/get-involved/events/view-event.aspx?ps=1001058 for more information or to help marshal the event email firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 01223 699913.