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Thursday, 23 September 2010

Gearing up for a two-wheeled weekend of family fun
in the New Forest National Park

Cyclists young and old are gearing up for a festival with a difference in the New Forest National Park.

As well as three popular on and off road events on 2 and 3 October - part of the nationwide Wiggle Super Series – the two-day cycle festival will appeal to beginners and experienced riders of all ages.

The festival will include children’s competitions, live music, bike safety checks, face painting, fun cycling skills sessions, food and stalls at Brockenhurst College and is open to everyone.

Participants can choose from a mountain bike/cyclocross event, a hill climb event, and the main road sportive event, with three different levels of difficulty:

Saturday 2 October
Mountain bike/cyclocross riders will be able to choose from a 44-mile route, a 25-miler or a family fun 10-mile option.

The hill climb event on Saturday afternoon could be the perfect warm down for those in action earlier in the day – or a warm up for the road sportive riders. Prizes will be awarded to the top 10 riders in two categories (road and ‘knobbly tyred’) as they climb the 1km course near Brockenhurst. The event is being run in partnership with New Forest Cycling Club.

Sunday 3 October
The road sportive remains the main event. Three routes are on offer: the Epic 100-mile route, the Standard 66-miler or the 44-mile option. The course takes in some challenging but short hills such as the 25 per cent Blissford Hill.

Entry fees include electronic timing, feed stations, free sports nutrition, event photography, bike wash facilities, and well-signed courses. To sign up to these cycle events visit http://www.ukcyclingevents.co.uk/.

Chris Gregory, Transport and Tourism Officer at the New Forest National Park, said: ‘We are pleased to be supporting the first New Forest Cycle Festival – a weekend of fun and excitement with superb cycling in the heart of the New Forest. There are opportunities to explore the best of the off-road gravel track network and to challenge yourself in the Wiggle Super Series road sportive. Back at the College there’s a chance to celebrate cycling and to have fun while encouraging people to cycle safely.’

For more details about the cycling festival visit: www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/cyclefestival

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