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It was an early start at Castle Combe for the Andy Cook Cycling team, and as the sun rose and the Sportive riders were signed on and set off (left) it was time to transform the circuit into the venue for the Family Cycling Day.
From 11.30am we began to welcome the many people – young and old, on bikes or just there to enjoy the sunshine – to the Circuit for a day of pedaling, picnics and fun. We said hello to newbies to cycling or to the event, and also welcomed returning customers from previous years, some of them eager to take part in our famous ‘Lap Challenge’ – where the family that does the most laps cumulatively wins an exciting prize. This year, that prize went to a family of 6 who managed 64 laps in total!
When having a break from riding around the car-free, 1.85 mile track, there was plenty to enjoy: We had Strider balance bikes for toddlers (right), Go-Ride skills training in the middle of the circuit throughout the day (below), the Tavern Cafe was open, there was ice cream for sale and the lovely volunteers from Help For Heroes – our official charity partners this year – were there to try and raise awareness and funds for their important cause.
We also welcomed back the fantastic team from Really Useful Bikes in Bristol, with their Cargo Bikes who did timed laps on their specialized machines and even let the uninitiated try them out!
By 4pm most of the Sportive riders had arrived back at HQ, enjoyed their bowl of pasta and some of them had then joined their families on the circuit, or relaxed in the sunshine with an ice cream. The last keen participants of the Circuit Lap Challenge were still racing round trying to do the most laps possible and prizes were being handed out to all the children (and some of the adults!) who had taken part during the day. We received some lovely comments about what a fantastic event it had been from lots of parents and children, and have since had even more excellent feedback from riders in the Sportive:
Thank you for organising and running the Sportive. It was challenging but there was definitely a great feel good factor at the end. This was the longest distance we had ever ridden. The feed station had a wonderful range of foods and was very welcome.
This year’s route to the Severn Bridge was most enjoyable, together with fabulous weather, the perfect day cycling.
Would just to say thanks once again for a fantastic event and route!!
FAB route today, glad I survived… and probably a new PB over 100 miles! Thank You to you and All the team for being so supportive as usual!
All in all, we can safely say that a great day was had by everyone at Castle Combe Circuit on Sunday! The sun shone on everyone as families, friends, colleagues, grandparents, mums, dads, children, racers, commuters, first-time cyclists, and old-timers enjoyed a day of riding, learning new skills, taking part and having fun, plus the odd ice cream! We all had a great time and we hope you did too! We hope to make the day even bigger and better next year, so watch this space for updates and a potential new date… Thanks for coming.
Thanks also to all the businesses that made the day such a success: