Record numbers due at Festival of Cycling

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A record number of cyclists are expected this year for Market Harborough’s third annual Festival of Cycling.

Up to 400 cyclists are expected in an enlarged event, after two ‘sell-out’ years.

Entries are now open for the event, which takes place on Sunday, April 2, beginning in the grounds of Robert Smyth Academy, Market Harborough.

The Festival of Cycling, which is sponsored by NFU Mutual Market Harborough, celebrates cycling and promotes its benefits for all.

This year - in addition to the kid’s coaching sessions, the 50km and the 100km options that have been available in previous years - there is a new 100 mile route.

All routes begin in town and take riders out into the Leicestershire and Northamptonshire countryside.

Entry fees are £4 for the kids coaching, £20 for the 50km and 100km options and £25 for the 100 mile route.

The entry fee includes a medal, a choice of hot meals provided by Waterloo Cottage Farm, hydration support from Nuun and Clif Nutrition and a free massage. The fee is dropped if you are sponsored for £50 or more for one of the approved charities.

“We are really excited that the Festival of Cycling will be returning for a third year” said Amy Kingston from Race Harborough.

“The event attracted great feedback from participants about the course and including the new 100 mile option will broaden the appeal.”

Welland Valley Coaching Club will be delivering Go-Ride coaching activities for young people aged between four and 12. All proceeds will be donated to Whizz Kids.

Proceeds from the three cycling routes will go to support local charity Adam’Smile and Cyclists Fighting Cancer.

On Sunday, March 19 at 8.30am, there is a free social ride from Robert Smyth Academy for riders of all abilities to practice the 50km route.

To find out more or to book a place visit www.raceharborough.co.uk. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis with registration closing around one week before the event.