Market Harborough celebrated its 2nd annual Festival of Cycling with record numbers in attendance this Sunday.

The event saw over £1,200 raised for local charity AdamSmile with nearly 300 cyclists taking part which is 50 more than the previous year.

Harborough Cycling of Festival 2016

The riders completed routes of varying distances around the Leicestershire and Northamptonshire countryside. Starting at Robert Smyth Academy, the event comprised of a 100km and 50km route and also a children’s cycling event resulting in riders of all ages and standards wanting to take part. The 100k was designed for more experienced cyclists whilst the 50k was for cyclists keen to try out a ‘sportive’ event for themselves.

“It was great to be part of it and see so many turn out enjoying themselves and raising so much for our charity” comments Kate Mugridge from the AdamSmile charity. “We continue to work hard behind the scenes to ensure that our project comes to fruition and hope to have more details on progress very soon” she adds.

“We are really thrilled with how the day went – apart from a few punctures everything ran smoothly” comments Amy Kingston from Race Harborough “We’d really like to thank the marshals, crowds and sponsors that helped to make it such a good day. The growth of the event is brilliant; we received positive feedback from participants of all abilities and ages – so much so that we’re already planning what to do for our third year!”

Harborough Cycling Festival sponsored by Alden Electrical

Harborough’s community spirit was in full force with a number of local businesses offering food stations, free massages were provided courtesy of the Training Shed, and the event’s sponsor Alden Electrical were excellent at promoting the event to the cycling community.

The Harborough Cycling Festival 2016 event provided children aged between 4 and 12 with free coaching sessions. ‘Go-Ride’ coaching activities were introduced to Festival of Cycling to teach young people cycling skills and disciplines and delivered by Welland Valley Whizz Kids.

 

Harborough Cycling Festival 2016