Cyclists get in the saddle and gear up for fest finale

Ribble Valley Ride event (s)
Ribble Valley Ride event (s)
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Cycling fans are gearing up for the finale of the Ribble Valley Cycling Festival on Sunday (June 12th).

The highly acclaimed Ribble Valley Ride is expected to attract up to 500 riders of all abilities who will tackle routes of 25, 60 and 100 miles through the stunning countryside of the Ribble Valley and the Yorkshire Dales.

Starting at the headquarters of one of the event sponsors, The Fell Bike Superstore in Clitheroe, the Ribble Valley Ride will once again be supporting the Rosemere Cancer Foundation and Dan’s Trust. And this year a contribution will also be made to the North West Air Ambulance Service.

Event Organiser Bill Honeywell said “Once again we’re looking forward to a great day out which will

suit casual leisure cyclists and the more serious long-distance day riders.

“We have had great support from entrants and sponsors alike and hope to raise even more than the £10,000 which was donated to our charities last year.”

To enter the event website at www.ribblevalleyride.org and follow the links from there.

A major event in Clitheroe’s calendar, the festival kicked off last Thursday with a bike skills and family bike ride event and the Citheroe Grand Prix which came to the town for the first time in 11 years.

This Sunday the Ribble Valley Try and Tri event will be held at Ribblesdale Pool. This is an introductory triatholon event for beginners and junior to give swimming, cycling and running a go. Events throughout the festival have also included spinnin classes challenging people to cycle the full Tour distance and MOT sessions for bikes at various cycle shops throughout the Ribble Valley.

The borough is fast becoming a hotspot for cycling enthusiasts according to festival organiser

Peter Fletcher, who is Ribble Valley Borough Council’s sports development officer. He said: “Last year’s cycling festival was a huge success and the buzz it created was fantastic.”

Ribble Valley Borough Council leader Stuart Hirst said: “Ribble Valley is one of the UK’s premier visitor destinations, with a national reputation for fine food and drink, outstanding independent shops and stunning countryside.”