Impressive turn-out for Bicester’s annual bike day extravaganza

Girl on cyclocross

A2Dominion’s 2016 annual Bike Day took place on Sunday 24 July at the Field behind Bicester Leisure Centre – attracting approximately 300 local residents, and budding cyclists enjoying the day with cycling activities that truly catered for everyone.

The 5th Bicester Bike Day started with the ‘Tour de Bicester’ treasure hunt style family ride around the town, incorporating Elmsbrook this year, with a record breaking 130 participants collecting answers from yellow jerseys along the route. Once ‘home’ they went on to complete a Bicester themed cycling quiz and claim their medals, presented to them on a podium made from recycled pallets.

For another year, A2Dominion, together with local groups and charities, teamed up with Legacy Leisure Bicester Leisure Centre who hosted Bicester’s Cycling Sportive on the day. This event attracted 200 cyclists signing up to complete a 65 or 100 mile route – many of whom joined in the fun of the main event on their return.

Following previous success, Bicester Millennium Cycle Club (BMCC) also organised it’s thrilling and well attended cyclo-cross event again this year. The course included a new wooden bicycle track with various twists and turns – making it the most challenging and popular yet with races for all age groups.

The day comprised of an action-packed programme and included newly introduced activities. Fun day attendees were able to enjoy: a climbing wall, a penalty shoot-out, a ladies Breeze ride, face painting, a Toddler’s Inflatable Activity Centre, a Watt bike challenge and lots more.  Cycle UK also had 10 new beginner riders take part in a five mile loop of the Town while Earthline promoted cycle road safety with an HGV for cyclists to sit up high in to get a driver’s view of the road

Thames Valley Police were also on hand to provide advice to cyclists about bike security and safeguarded over 50 bikes with its free anti-theft security marking and cycle registration scheme.

Commenting on the day’s event Louise Caves, A2Dominion’s Strategic Partnership Manager for NW Bicester, said:

“Once again this year’s event was a fantastic day and a great success in promoting cycling in the Town. Good weather was a bonus helping us to attract generous numbers. It’s great that the cyclo cross course was even more successful this year, it’s clear to see there’s a real enthusiasm and appetite for cycling in Bicester. It’s great to grow the bike day year on year and include new attractions. The climbing wall, Penalty shootout and crafts meant that there really was something for everyone to enjoy for free at the start of the school holidays.

“The bike day is a real team effort and we are proud to organise such a fantastic partnership event in the town to celebrate Bicester’s community spirit and encourage residents to get out and about by bike. The day combines fun and competitions with support and guidance to make cycling in Bicester safe, accessible and fun for all.  Promoting cycling in the Town as a sustainable mode of travel is paramount to us at NW Bicester.”

Residents also enjoyed a BBQ in the sunshine with 20% of the caterer’s profits (PRP Catering) donated to local charity, Greenfields, who offer support and therapy to those suffering with a terminal or life threatening illness and their families/carers.

Local charity Grassroots Bicester also had a great bike day, raising funds from the sale of drinks and delicious home made cakes.

The event was organised by North West Bicester developer, A2Dominion, working in partnership with, Grassroots Bicester, Legacy Leisure Bicester Leisure Centre, Bicester Millennium Cycle Club, Bioregional, Cherwell District Council, National Cycling Charity CTC, Earthline, and Bicester Green.