Blenheim bike riders in gear for palace pursuit

Cyclists head off from Blenheim Palace

Cyclists head off from Blenheim Palace

First published in News

MORE than 1,000 riders set off from the scenic grounds of Blenheim Palace as part of a family cycling festival on Sunday.

The Blenheim Palace Sportive, held in support of Oxford charity Oxfam, is set to become an annual fixture according to organiser Eiger Events.

There were timed 60-mile and 100-mile routes through the Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire Cotswolds, finishing back at the palace.

The event replaced Bike Blenheim, last held two years ago.

The first rider back was Ian Green, from Chard in Somerset.

He completed the 60-mile route in three hours and 40 minutes.

Mr Green, 50, said: “The roads were beautifully quiet, and we had a short sharp shower, but I enjoy cycling in the rain.

“The long final straight to the finish line was spectacular, with Blenheim Palace in the background and the sun finally out.

“It was great to ride down there alone knowing that the race was nearly over.”

Event spokesman Andy Townsend added: “The routes gave riders a rolling, hilly course to tackle, but I think most came through to the finish with smiles on their faces.

“And the family cycle day also proved a success.

“To see people of all ages and abilities on their bikes taking the unique opportunity to cycle in this historic estate was fantastic.”

Our top stories

Tackling self-harm prioritised as hospitalisation figure rises

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Wednesday 1st July 2015

THE number of young people self-harming in the county has risen by more than 100 in a year.

Police helicopter search for man who fled after being stopped at Seacourt Park and Ride

Oxford Mail: thames valley police helicopter

3:20pm Wednesday 1st July 2015

THE police helicopter was scrambled into action after a motorist stopped on suspicion of using his phone at the wheel fled from traffic officers.

Internal investigation at ambulance service call centre in Bicester

Oxford Mail: Ambulance stock image

3:02pm Wednesday 1st July 2015

An internal investigation is under way at South Central Ambulance Service regarding the way it operates its call centre in Bicester.

Drowning confirmed as cause of death of Aown Dogar who was pulled from the Thames near Donnington Bridge

Oxford Mail:

1:34pm Wednesday 1st July 2015

AN INQUEST has been opened this afternoon for 13-year-old Aown Dogar who died last week.

Man taken to hospital with chest and arm injuries after 'fear for welfare' incident in Jericho

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

11:05am Wednesday 1st July 2015

A man needed hospital treatment last night after suffering chest and arm injuries at a house in Jericho.

Temperatures expected to soar to scorching 30C in Oxford today as the heatwave continues

Oxford Mail:

10:58am Wednesday 1st July 2015

SUNBATHERS will need to put on plenty of sun cream in Oxford today as temperatures will hit a maximum of 30 degrees celsius, according to the Met Office.

Comments (1)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

12:23pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Robie says...

It would be lovely if the estate allowed cycling on some of their paths all year round. Even if just on week days, living local it is tempting just to jump in the car.
It would be lovely if the estate allowed cycling on some of their paths all year round. Even if just on week days, living local it is tempting just to jump in the car. Robie
  • Score: 1

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree