29 July 2014
On 14 June, 230 cyclists of all ages and cycling ability came to Leighton Bromswold to pedal for charity and helped to raise a fantastic £4614 for three great causes - Macmillan Cancer Support, Samuel Pepys Special Needs School, St Neots, and Dreamdrops, Huntingdonshire Children’s Charity.
In addition to charity fundraising, the aim of the event was to encourage people to bring their bikes out from hibernation and appreciate the attractive west Cambridgeshire countryside from their cycle seat. With four signed routes ranging from 7 up to 50 miles, there was something to suit both keen cyclists and families. Around 100 cyclists completed the 25 and 50 mile routes with a special mention to the two intrepid girls from Peter Lane & Partners who completed the 25 mile circuit on a tandem.
The 7 mile route was the popular choice for families with 90 adults and children setting off with enthusiasm and returning with beaming smiles and a certificate of achievement to show off at school. The liveliest start of the day was the under-6’s setting off on their 2 mile ride along the ridge. After their ride cyclists relaxed in front of The Green Man with BBQ burgers & sausages, homemade ice-cream, beer, tea & cakes, jazz from Saxology and entertainment in the form of face-painting and fete-style games.
Bromswold Bike Fest organisers Carol Greed, Peter Mallace, Mary Kinaszczuk and Andrew George commented, ‘We’re delighted that the Bike Fest was such a resounding success in its first year. Everyone really enjoyed the day and there was a wonderful atmosphere. It was very satisfying for us to see so many people setting off on their bikes, in particular the younger ones. We wanted to organise a cycle event that would appeal to all ages whilst raising money for charity and in this we have achieved 100% success. The Cycle Legacy grant from Cambridgeshire County Council was aptly awarded as we’ve had many positive comments and requests to run another one next year! A big thank you from us to our sponsors, to the willing helpers and supporters from Leighton Bromswold and all the cyclists who turned up to make this an event to remember.