A POPULAR cycling event is set to take place this summer.
Sign up for Bike Bath 2021 is now open, with cyclists having the opportunity to start and finish in Bath, Frome and Devizes.
After a Covid-19 affected 2020 event, Iconic Cycling Events are giving 1,000 cyclists the opportunity to ride 25, 50 of 80 miles around the Somerset and Wiltshire countryside.
Refreshments will be supplied by local businesses. In recent years, HPH Property, Cyclescheme, Road.cc, Peloton Design, Bath Ales, Carter Jonas, Fyffes bananas and many other businesses have given their support.
“The idea behind Bike Bath has always been to provide something for everyone,” said Jacko Jackson, event director of Bike Bath.
“This year we are keen to promote all things active travel and are encouraging businesses to promote their own active initiatives at the event – and to get a team together to take part.
“The event will be welcoming a range of electric bikes for the first time.
“The 25 mile short route was designed with families, new cyclists and new cycle-commuters in mind, looking to spend an enjoyable day trying out cycling for leisure.
“For regular cyclists or those looking for something more adventurous, we have designed longer routes of around 50 and 80 miles to take in some of the more challenging lanes across the Somerset and Wiltshire countryside.”
Members from VC Walcot, a local cycling club, are volunteering on the day and will organise training rides to prepare cyclists for the event.
Dorothy House is this year’s supported charity, but all charities are invited to take part and use the event as a fundraiser.
“We provide a package for corporate teams and charities looking to offer sponsored places to employees and supporters,” added Mr Jackson.
“Last year, our riders supported 18 separate charities both individually and through charity-organised entry.
“We’d encourage any businesses and charities looking to support their employees and sponsored riders to get fit or raise money to get in touch.”
Bath Recreation Trust are supporting the ride.
CEO John Flint said: “Bike Bath has become a key event in our calendar and provides a fantastic opportunity for people to enjoy riding from the City through the surrounding beautiful countryside.
“We are delighted to support the event to reach out to more people and promote positive lifestyles through active recreation.”
To find out more visit www.bikebath.co.uk.