Gearing up for cycling event in Harborough

Gavin Fletcher and Jo Sharman, from Sustainable Harborough, are supporting the first ever Festival of Cycling event in Market Harborough this Sunday
Gavin Fletcher and Jo Sharman, from Sustainable Harborough, are supporting the first ever Festival of Cycling event in Market Harborough this Sunday

A new cycling event taking place in Market Harborough this weekend is looking likely to be a sell-out success.

The first ever Market Harborough Festival of Cycling event this Sunday, which is being sponsored by St Mary’s Road firm Alden Electrical, will comprise several cycling distances for differing ages and ability groups.

For keen cyclists, the focus is on the two longer distance events.

These ‘Sportive’ distances consist of a 50km and a 100km ride which are both now sold out.

Activities at the festival start from 10am.

Spectators are being encouraged to look out for the participants and to cheer them along as they ride through the town, as well as Kibworth, Medbourne, Great Glen and Fleckney.

Both events start and end from Harborough’s Robert Smyth Academy in Burnmill Road.

The Robert Smyth base for the event will see a number of other activities aimed at a wider family audience, including various stalls.

Town green group Sustainable Harborough are sponsoring and organising a family trail around the school’s playing fields where children of all ages are being encouraged to bring along their bicycles and follow a set of clues that will lead to a set of prizes.

The Market Harborough junior cycling club the Welland Valley Whizz Kids will also be offering free cycling and safety advice for youngsters.

A few remaining places for these free cycling tuition sessions can be booked in advance by emailing info@race
harborough.co.uk.

Amy Handford, from event organisers Race Harborough, said: “We are delighted that more than 250 people have now registered for the various events – aged from four years of age upwards.

“We really want to make it a celebration of cycling for all ages and abilities”

Jo Sharman, from Sustainable Harborough, added: “We have had a lot of fun in putting together the cycling trail and hope that children of all ages come along on their bikes to explore, discover and win the prizes on offer for completing the course”.

For full details of the events including maps of the route and information about the planned family activities visit the website.