Over 160 people of all ages turned out for the inaugral Four Village Challenge last Sunday. Billed as a day for the casual and family cyclist, we rode between Bar Hill, Dry Drayton, Madingley and Coton. With an initial target of 10 miles, many went further because the English summer smiled on the event. The ride ended with a BBQ outside Madingley Village Hall. The event was sponsored by the Cambridge County Council and to promote cycling for all, especially in the run up to the Tour de France.
While it was organised as a fun day out, there was a serious motive – promoting the concept of a safe bike path to enable more casual cyclists cycle between the four villages and Cambridge. Edward Byam-Cook, one of the event’s organisers, said “The excellent turn-out and enthusiasm for this day out shows the latent demand for casual cycling. There is a real onus on local landowners and councils to meet this demand. Trinity College and the University have both agreed in principle to allow permissive paths on their land which neighbours the most dangerous parts of this route. We now need to step on the accelerator and make it become a reality.” Bunty Waters, local South Cambs District Councillor and another event organiser, commented ‘The community support for this bike route is quite clear. Interest in bicycling locally is strong and increasing. The local bodies need to put their heads together to come up with solutions.’
Thank you for all the support and coming along with so much enthusiasm for cycling. It was great fun!