What’s it like to cycle one mile? Find out. Bring your bike along for the one mile fun Cycle Run ride on Saturday 3rd September between Astbury Mere Country Park visitor centre and Congleton town centre, following shortcuts and quiet back streets that are part of a national cycle route (the 573). No hills!
Come along to Astbury Mere between 11am and 2pm, pick up your free Congleton Cycle Network map from the team, who will show you how to find the way into town along the quiet back streets, following the blue cycle route 573 signs. Once in the centre, look out for the Cycle Tour of Britain information point to collect your free drink and biscuit, browse the information and freebies, and pick up your competition booklet to ‘Find the Jersey’ in local shops. Get your booklet stamped at each shop to earn a prize.
If you can’t make the date, you can still take part by picking up a cycle network map in town (library and tourist information centre) or the railway station. You can collect your ‘Find the Jersey’ booklet from the Tourist Information Centre and Shakeez milkshake shop from now until the 6th September. Hand yours in by the 7th September to claim your prize.
This is just one of many events connected with local cycling, leading up to the Tour of Britain 2016, which sets off on stage 3 from Congleton on Tuesday 6th September. More details about this stage, the route and the tour will be available at the information point on the 3rd September, and is also online (www.cheshiretourobritain.co.uk, www.tourofbritain.co.uk and www.congleton-tc.gov.uk).
The Congleton Cycle Network map is so useful because cycling is not just a great spectator sport, but a quick and healthy way to cover short distances locally, to get to school, work or the shops. You just have to know where the back streets and shortcuts are, which are shown on the map.
Congleton Town Council, Congleton Cycling Campaign voluntary group and Sustrans have joined forces to create the Cycle Run. Sustrans aim is to give people the choice of healthier, cleaner and cheaper journeys, with better places and spaces to move through and live in. The 573 is just one of many cycle routes throughout the country that are off-road or along quiet streets and lanes, providing pleasant access to many places.