Hundreds saddle up for city’s first cycle festival

Richard Best of Bike Oxford, far right, and Jonny Pert with the sign of Team Bike Oxford

Richard Best of Bike Oxford, far right, and Jonny Pert with the sign of Team Bike Oxford

First published in News Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Crime Reporter, also covering Barton and Wood Farm. Call me on (01865) 425427

RIDERS are gearing up for Oxford’s first cycling festival, set to roll into the city this weekend.

More than 700 cyclists are expected to take part in Sunday’s inaugural Bike Oxford event, which will see riders tackle one of three routes around the city and county.

Bike Oxford director Richard Best said the event offered cyclists of all abilities the chance to try a range of rides in a safe and organised way.

He said: “The routes take in some beautiful Oxfordshire countryside while also allowing riders the opportunity to see some of the iconic sites around the city of Oxford.”

Mr Best said he hoped the event would be held annually and grow over the years.

Riders – who are all given a medal for finishing – are also encouraged to collect sponsorship for a charity they choose.

Mr Best added: “We felt we could bring a big cycling event that starts and finishes in the city, that would work for all sorts of charities, get people out on a bike and see historic Oxford and the region.

“It also is an economic generator: we are expecting people to come and stay, and bring their families.”

Rides on offer include a 20-mile route for families, as well as a 50-mile route and an 80-mile ride. The event, supported by Nuffield Health, starts at Oxford University Rugby Club, off Iffley Road, with riders departing from 7am on Sunday.

Related links

Local businesses have also backed the event and offered to supply food to cyclists.

Cotswold Baking is providing flapjacks, The Fabulous Bakin’ Boys has agreed to provide cakes and Hook Norton Brewery will be handing a beer to all finishers.

Katie Robbins, from Bike Oxford, said she was delighted by the interest.

She said: “It’s incredible the support we are receiving from local businesses in particular. This is our first year for Bike Oxford so it is hard to know what level of support we would receive but we also know that supplying great feed-stations for our cyclists is also really key to adding to the success of the event.”

Mechanics from Beeline Bicycles will also be on hand to fix bikes needing repairs on route or after the rides.

Cyclist Dom Shadbolt, a mature student at Ruskin College said: “I’ve signed up for the 80-mile ride and, while having a good knowledge of the area, the Bike Oxford event offers me an opportunity to cycle out with friends and enjoy the camaraderie of a sportive with riders from around the region.

The fact that it starts and finishes close to the centre of Oxford means it’s really accessible.”

  • For information on routes and how to enter, see bikeoxford.co.uk – or sign up on the day from 6.30am.

Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone's contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.

Send your Letter to the Editor

11:20am Monday 28th July 2014

What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter through the blue headline above.

  • Our top stories

Widow Twankey laces her boots for panto dates

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

PANTO season may feel like a long way off, but for some the work has already started.

‘Piazza’ dream for city’s Gloucester Green area

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

GLOUCESTER Green in the centre of Oxford could soon be revamped into a “piazza”.

Man has broken jaw after attack near nightspot

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Wednesday 1st October 2014

A 28-YEAR-OLD suffered a broken jaw and fractured eye socket when he was assaulted outside a former lapdancing bar.

MPs join call for Oxford to Bristol train service

Oxford Mail: Ed Vaizey

6:30am Wednesday 1st October 2014

MPs Ed Vaizey and Nicola Blackwood have joined a coalition of 10 MPs calling for a train service from Oxford to Bristol.

Autumn colours in all their glory

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Wednesday 1st October 2014

HARCOURT Arboretum has begun to melt into a rich medley of autumnal shades.

Protesters hope 60-year-old covenant will thwart road access plan

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Wednesday 1st October 2014

NORTHWAY people are trying to use a 60-year-old covenant to stop land being turned into an access road for the new Barton Park estate.

Comments

Post a comment

Remember you are personally responsible for what you post on this site and must abide by our site terms. Do not post anything that is false, abusive or malicious. If you wish to complain, please use the ‘report this post’ link.

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