As cycling festival HSBC UK Let’s Ride gets ready to roll into Nottingham, British Cycling and HSBC UK, in conjunction with Nottingham City Council, have confirmed the traffic-free route at the Meadow Recreation Ground for this year’s edition of the event.
The free-to-attend event will get underway at The Meadows Recreation Ground at 11am on Sunday 15 September, with the 3.8km course taking participants riverside on Victoria Embankment, crossing over the River Trent, and eventually looping back via Wilford Suspension Bridge. Finishing at 3pm, riders are invited to cycle the course as many – or as few – times as they wish, and at their own pace, whilst enjoying a host of family-friendly activities, refreshments and entertainment along the route.
The range of attractions within the festival zone includes live music, a sports activation hub with come-and-try opportunities, a MTB stunt show, face painting, pedal powered fun with Cyclone Works, and coaches from HSBC UK Go-Ride and Ready Set Ride – British Cycling’s development programmes for children and young people.
Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture said: “This is a great way for the whole family to explore our beautiful city in the open air in a safe environment. There will be no hustle and bustle from everyday traffic, so plenty of time to sightsee and to do things at your own speed. There will also be plenty of people around to offer advice on cycling in the city after the event which is something we want to encourage.”
Steve Johnson, British Cycling’s Cycling Delivery Manager for the East Midlands, said: “Nottingham played host to a fantastic event last year, and we’ve worked hard – alongside Nottingham City Council – to ensure that HSBC UK Let’s Ride Nottingham will again be a truly enjoyable, free and family-friendly day out which showcases the real benefits of cycling and our commitment to get more people enjoying cycling.”
Luke Harper, head of HSBC UK’s partnership with British Cycling, added: “Taking part in an HSBC UK Let’s Ride event is a great opportunity to get on a bike in Nottingham without traffic and enjoying cycling in a traffic free environment.
“These events provide a great day out for families, those who want to get back on their bike after allowing it to collect dust at home, or for the more regular or serious bike user who wants to try something a bit more relaxed. Plus, you will be doing your bit to help create a greener, fitter, healthier Britain.”
Full details are available at www.letsride.co.uk, where people can also register for the event.
About British Cycling
British Cycling is the national governing body for cycling as recognised by the UCI – the international federation for the sport. Based in Manchester at the National Cycling Centre, British Cycling works across all levels and six disciplines of the sport (BMX, Mountain Bike, Cyclo-cross, Road, Track and Cycle Speedway), from providing the support and encouragement people need to get riding their bikes for the first time, to being home to the hugely successful Great Britain Cycling Team. Continued success at the highest level is inspiring a boom in participation across the nation. There have never been more opportunities to ride a bike, be it for fun or sport, and British Cycling is at the heart of this growth. British Cycling also works hard to represent cyclists’ interests at all levels, including campaigning on important issues including road safety. As a membership organisation, British Cycling provides a suite of benefits and support to its members who currently number over 162,000. All membership revenue is invested back into cycling.
For more information, visit www.britishcycling.org.uk