Willow Wood’s Big Bike Ride is coming back for 2018 and will be bigger and better than ever. This year there will be a choice of four different routes to ensure that the whole family can take part, from the novice cyclist who may not be ready to take to the open road to the most experienced riders who relish a real challenge.
Anthony Lord, head of income generation & marketing explained: “We’re proud to announce that we’ve partnered with Tour de Manc to help us deliver the best cycling experience for our supporters. Tour de Manc is a not for profit organisation, its run by volunteers and it has a similar ethos to Willow Wood – it’s all about living your life to the fullest”.
Chris Hayden, community fundraiser agreed. “Over the past two years our Big Bike Ride has raised over £33,000 and by joining forces we are able to give our cyclists the support they deserve. There’ll be better routes, better signage and better back-up on the road – we’ll even be providing a mechanic for minor repairs along the way.”
The first of the four routes is on a 1km flat cycle track, and so is suitable for young or inexperienced cyclists; it will be totally up to them whether they stick to one circuit or go for the maximum of 8km. We may even be able to loan entrants a bike if they don’t have their own – a great offer if it’s been a few years since you’ve cycled, but would like to join the team raising funds for Willow Wood in this way.
The 16km route may be the one for you if you cycle for fun and fitness, while there are a couple of A roads it’s mainly on quieter roads and country lanes. If you’re a bit more experienced and ready for a challenge then you can continue along a 35km route which does incorporate some testing hills.
The final route is 48km with some significant inclines; at the highest point you will have reached around 400m above sea level, so it’s not for the faint-hearted!
Chris said: “We’d love to see as many of our Big Bikers as possible again this year, so put Sunday 20 May in your diaries. Online booking will be opening very soon, so keep in touch with us on social media – numbers will be limited and we don’t want you to miss out.”
Picture shows the participants at the start of the first Big Bike Ride.