2017 Tetbury Community Bike Ride
This is a sponsored charity cycle ride for everyone along quiet lanes round Tetbury on Sunday 11th June 2017, in aid of the Dolphins’ Hall refurbishment, the Goods Shed Arts Centre, Tetbury Cycle Path and Jole Rider (based in ‘The Bike Shed’ on Hampton Industrial Estate).
The Community Bike Ride will be raising money for the four Tetbury community projects by involving as many people in Tetbury as possible. It also aims to raise awareness about the different charities and improve fitness by encouraging people to cycle.
The Community Bike Ride is registered as an official ‘Bike Week’ event. Bike Week is held annually to promote cycling, and show how cycling can easily be part of everyday life by encouraging cycling for everyone. Demonstrating the social, health and environmental benefits of cycling, Bike Week aims to get people to give cycling a go all over the UK, whether this be for fun, as a means of getting around to work or school, the local shops or to visit friends.
Bike Ride Routes
The Community Bike Ride will start at the Bike Shed, Hampton Street, Tetbury, and finish at the Goods Shed where cyclists can buy refreshments and look round the stalls.
There will be two routes, both following the quiet lanes around Tetbury and finishing along the Cycle Path. The Bike Shed can be found at the back of Hampton Street Industrial Estate, off the end of Hampton Street (the road to Avening). The Goods Shed can be found on the right of the long stay car park located in Cirencester Road. Water will be provided and toilets are available at both locations.
Short Route: A short 6½ mile route for children and people of all abilities, taking about an hour:
The Bike Shed → Chavenage Lane → Hermits Cave → Chavenage House → Star Farm → Cherington Lane → Cirencester Road → Tetbury Cycle Path → the Goods Shed.
Long Route: A longer, 22-mile route for the fitter, taking about three hours including a pub stop:
The Bike Shed → Long Street → Newnton Road → Long Newnton → Crudwell → Oaksey → Kemble Wick → Kemble (pub stop) → Tarlton → Rodmarton → Cherington → Tetbury Cycle Path → the Goods Shed.
There is an optional pub stop about half way round the long route at the Tavern Inn in Kemble. This is located about 300 yards from the route through the village. After crossing the A429 via the pedestrian controlled crossing turn left into Station Road (signposted for the station). Cross the small bridge and then turn to your right to find the Tavern Inn. They will be open from 12:00 on the day of the Bike Ride and drinks and bar food will be available for cyclists.
Both routes will be fully signed with marshals at strategic crossings.
The cycle ride will finish at the Goods Shed which is located at the end of the Cycle Path in the Long Stay Car Park. There will be refreshments, displays and toilets there. The event will close at 4pm.
Safety and support
A breakdown rescue service will be operating all day. A cycle mechanic will be present at the start to check and repair bicycles. If you're not sure whether your bike is fully road worthy, click here for the Dr Bike Checklist or here for Ten Top Bike Maintenance Tips.
There will be prizes for the children and adults raising the most sponsorship money. All participants who hand in their completed entry form will be entered into a free prize draw.