Saddle up for Harborough cycling festival

Festival of Cycling organisers Brian Corcoran and Amy Handford test out the snowy route in Lubenham this week
Festival of Cycling organisers Brian Corcoran and Amy Handford test out the snowy route in Lubenham this week

March in Market Harborough: otter pups along the river,

daffodils in the parks and blooming bikes everywhere!

That’s the prospect next month anyway, as the town saddles up for its first ever Festival of Cycling event, on Sunday, March 29.

The family-friendly event is aiming to provide a safe cycle ride over two courses starting and finishing in Market Harborough – a 50km (29.6-mile) course and a 100km (59.5-mile) route.

Organisers say the event is about celebrating cycling, promoting health and completing a challenge as a family.

Co-organiser Amy Handford said: “It’s about celebrating cycling from childhood onwards. It gets you outside, it’s fun and it’s good for you.”

The cycling festival is being sponsored by Alden Electrical, of St Mary’s Road, Harborough. Chosen charity is the local safe cycle route to school campaign group, Adam’Smile.

The 50km ride is ideal for beginners to aim for as a realistic distance. The 100km route is a bigger challenge – or an ideal training ride for the cycling season ahead.

The event is being masterminded by the Race Harborough group, which was responsible for the town’s first ever Harborough Triathlon event last September and the inaugural Harborough Santa Fun Run in December. The group is also bringing back the Carnival Fun Run on June 13 after a hiatus of five years.

And next Sunday, February 15, the cycling festival organisers Brian Corcoran and Amy Handford will be testing the 50km route with sponsors Steve and Linda Alden.

This “sociable, steady” ride will start from Harborough’s Robert Smyth Academy, in Burnmill Road, from 9.30am.

Anyone is welcome to join this ride – but you need to register your interest in advance or join its Facebook page.

To sign up for the proper March event, which costs £20 (50km) or £22 (100km) visit www.raceharborough.co.uk/cycling.