The rise in popularity of cycling in the UK over the last 10 years has been meteoric. From a glut of gold medals at Olympic games in both Beijing and London, to Tour de France victories courtesy of Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome, the sport has grown from strength to strength.
If you’re a keen cyclist then there’s one event in September you won’t want to miss, as one of the largest cycling events in South Cumbria is set to return.
The Tour de Furness is one of the largest mass participant events to be held in the region. 630 riders of all ages and abilities signed up to take part in last year’s event, raising money for 35 charities. At this moment in time 100 people have signed up already – that’s an increase in numbers from the same point last year.
It’s hoped that the final number of confirmed riders will exceed last year’s total.
There are 4 routes to choose from this year suitable for adults and children:
For Ultra enthusiasts there is a 50 miles long route that will see cyclists travel along the coast road to Ulverston, then take the A590, the A5902, around Coniston Water and back.
A 23-mile route is available for riders looking for a challenge and a 13-mile route is available which is suitable for families and the leisure cyclist alike.
A 5 mile route to Rampside and back is open for children too.
Anyone over the age of 10, of average fitness and with a bike in roadworthy condition, can enter the 13, 25 and 50 mile routes.
The entrance fee for adults is £10. Under-16s go for free (but must be accompanied by an adult) Over-65s can take part for just £5.
You can register and get your sponsor forms by visiting http://www.tourdefurness.co.uk/