Saddle up for cycling fun

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Residents in March and Wisbech can saddle up for the start of the Cambridgeshire Festival of Cycling this weekend with two free events.

In Wisbech, local residents can be in with a chance of winning one of 50 sets of bike lights – which will be given away on a first come, first served basis to those who peddle along with their light-less bike. The lights have been jointly funded by Cambridgeshire County Council and Wisbech Town Council to encourage cyclists to stay safe and be visible at night. They will be fitted by festival staff at the event.

Everyone is invited to the free family events organised by Cambridgeshire County Council - even those that do not usually cycle. The first takes place in March on Saturday 13 April at the City Road Car Park. The event in Wisbech takes place on Sunday 14 April at the market place, where local cycling group Wisbech Wheelers will be on hand to share their expertise. Both run from 10.30am-4.30pm.

The events will showcase a number of cycle related activities, including a Bike Try-Out, with children’s, tandem, folding, electric and wacky bikes available to try. There will also be specially adapted bikes which turn pedal power into fresh fruit smoothies.

Residents can bring along their bikes for a free maintenance check and staff will carry out basic repairs. Bike competitions and stalls selling cycle crafts will also feature, making a fun day out for all the family.

March Veteran and Vintage Cycling Club will be attending both events, bringing with them rare bikes ranging from 1830s-1940s. Dressed in period costume, they will be a great addition to anyone interested in the history of cycling.

Mike Davies, Cycling Projects Team Leader at Cambridgeshire County Council said: “The Cambridgeshire Festival of Cycling is a great opportunity for everyone to find out more about cycling, from the keen cyclist to those who have never ridden before. We’re also keen to speak to local residents for their views on cycling facilities in March and Wisbech.”