Cycling has been a mainstream leisure activity for a long time. It has been and is now returning to be an important part of our personal transport system. At a professional sporting level our country has led the world in recent times. Riding a bike is simply part of growing up and is arguably more important today than driving a car.
The numerous benefits of cycling are fairly obvious and the few drawbacks, with care, can be minimised. Almost everyone can benefit from using a bike.
Retford Lions Club are presenting you with an opportunity to join in their local cycling event — Le Tour de Retford Sportive on Sunday 15th April, 9.00am start. There is a long (70 mile) route and a short (35 mile) route. This is a ride and not a race and is open to all, but cyclists under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult riding with them.
Retford Lions Club volunteers marshal the event and will be at four checkpoints along the route, with water and bananas to keep the riders fuelled. Look out for the riders and give them a cheer as they travel through, Sutton cum Lound, Mattersey, Clayworth, Gringley on the Hill, Wheatley, Sturton le Steeple, Leverton, Headon, Upton (the short route returns to Retford from here), Askham, East Markham, Tuxford, Egmanton, Normanton, Sutton on Trent, Carlton on Trent, Ossington, Laxton, Kirton, Tuxford (again!), East Drayton, Upton (again!) and then back to Retford.
Serious cyclists will relish the longer 70-mile course, but many others might consider the lesser 35 mile route which even the occasional cyclist should manage easily. Both routes take in the beautiful North Notts countryside, starting and finishing on the Market Square in Retford.
This is a well-managed established ride overseen by British Cycling. Interested riders need to apply to British Cycling, event number 167808. Bridgegate Cycles and Retford Lions Club are the ‘on the day’ organisers and all the proceeds will go to the Lions’ continued good work in the community over the last 38 years.