Get on your bike, in the nicest possible way of course.
Bike week runs between 15th-23rd June and the organisers hope to encourage more people to dig out the helmets and shin pads and see how easy cycling is to do. Cycling is better for the environment too. It’ll reduce your carbon footprint and help you get fit at the same time. The week is organised by Team Green Britain who want to make it the largest cycling event in the UK.
There are thousands of events happening across the country. It doesn’t matter if you’re a budding Chris Hoy or not, all abilities are welcomed.
If you go to Horwich on June 16th, then you can take your bike for a free health check. It will be looked over by an experienced Cy-Tech mechanic to see if there any faults or repairs need doing to it. A group from the Nationwide Cycling Academy will be at St John Street next to Station Park. If you would like to replace your bike, then you can donate your unwanted ones on the day. They will then be recycled or reused.
The Horwich Festival of Racing will be running throughout this days too. Here there will be lots of different races of varying lengths. Olympians Jason Kenny and Laura Trott have taken part in the races in the past.
For something a little gentler, come along to the family friendly bike ride on Wednesday 19th June.
The event starts at 6.30pm, but participants are asked to arrive at 6pm to give time for preparation. Meeting point is Victoria Hall in Bolton. You will ravel en masse to Bolton Arena. It’s only 5 miles long and unlike the other event (see below) it’s pretty much flat. Don’t worry about getting lost, the Lancashire Road Cub are acting as marshals along the route. The journey passes the town hall and the Middlebrook Valley before ending at Bolton Arena. Hot and cold drinks and warm snacks will be for sale here.
Anyone under the age of 16 must be with an adult to take part in the ride.
Free parking is available at the Arena up to a maximum of 3 hours, but you can register at Bolton Arena’s reception if you’re going to stay longer. Bike parking will be present too. It is recommended you bring you own lock for your bike. Parking here is optional, lots of people will be heading back to Bolton Town Centre as well.
The other event Bolton will be doing is installing a mountain bike trail in the centre of Bolton. Yep, you read that correctly. There might not be any large hills there normally, but a specially layed track will be going up with big bumps, hairpin bends and tight corners. It’s another free event and you don’t even have to provide our own bike. A friendly team will be on hand to tell you exactly what to do and how to approach mountain biking if you’ve never done it before. This will be on Sunday 30th June.
So, Freddie Mercury wanted to ride his bicycle, he wanted to ride his bike. But do you now?
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