Saddle up for town's first ever bike festival

By Steve Hayes 03/02 Updated: 16/02 09:06

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PEOPLE are being urged to saddle up for Stratford's first bike festival this spring.

The Cycling Festival was the idea of fund-raising Stratford man, Mike Grisenthwaite, and will be held at Stratford Racecourse on May 26.

Avid cyclist Mike started the charity Cyclists Fighting Cancer - which raises money to give children with cancer specialist bike equipment. He wanted to give the community a free bike extravaganza while raising money for the charity and the Cycling Festival was born.

The event was launched this week in association with Stratford Specsavers - who have committed to support the charity over the next year.

It aims to offer something for everyone with stunt displays, demonstrations and ride events, together with food, drink and refreshments, from local suppliers, on Saturday May 26, ahead of the Wheel Heroes charity ride the following day.

Mike said: "This is an event for the whole family and we aim to show cycling and all its benefits in a refreshing light.

"There's nothing like this in the area and I already have lots of support from sponsors and people who have agreed to attend on the day so its already shaping up to be a great event.

"It'll all be very relaxed, the main thing is that people have a good time. Entry is free but there will be donation buckets around if people want to make a donation."

Stratford Specsavers director, Paul Griffiths, said staff were delighted be supporting the charity.

He said: "We’ve got several keen cyclists within our team here and we’re all rallied up to help fundraise for the charity over the next 12 months.

"It does such fantastic work donating bikes to children and young people affected by cancer to encourage them to get active again."

On Sunday May 27 cyclists are being encouraged to take part in the ‘Wheel Heroes’ non-competitive ride through the beautiful countryside around Stratford, Chipping Campden and Stow on the Wold, with a choice of distances over ten, 25, 60 or 100 miles.

For more information visit www.stratfordcyclingfestival.org.uk or contact 01789 262606.

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