Cheshire Gears Up for Major Cycling Event | Knutsford Times

Cheshire Gears Up for Major Cycling Event

By on February 26, 2013

Victoria Pendleton at mass start lineCycletta, the UK’s only cycling series especially for women, has announced its first event of the 2013 series at Tatton Park, Knutsford on 12th May 2013.

Last year, Cycletta Cheshire saw nearly a thousand women, including Victoria Pendleton (CBE) take to their bikes in this successful ladies only cycling series. This year the event is back with even more on offer encouraging women to come along and have a go, including a shorter distance to help novices and a fun ‘scootathlon’ for kids on the same day.

With the added incentive of raising vital funds for Official Charity Partner, Macmillan Cancer Support, and the backing of Olympian Victoria Pendleton (CBE), ladies across Cheshire and beyond are being urged to get on their bikes at Cycletta Tatton, organised by mass participation events company Human Race. There’s never been a better reason to get on your bike.

Cycletta Cheshire 2013 is open to women of all ages and abilities and includes different distances starting from just 20km. This includes a Classic distance of 40 km and a Challenge distance of 52-82km. However, with the Olympics inspiring a whole wave of new cycling participants, Human Race have added a new shorter 20km distance at all venues, to develop the core motivation behind Cycletta: to make cycling participation accessible for as many women as possible.

Girls aged between 12 and 16-years-old can also take part when accompanied by an adult, opening the event up to as wide an audience as possible. So Mums are welcome to get their daughters involved too and make it a real family occasion.

Continuing the family theme, for the younger kids Cycletta Tatton will also host a Scootathlon taking place on the same day. The Scootathlon is a mini fun triathlon for children between the ages of 4 and 8 where they scoot, bike and run.

Cycletta ambassador, Victoria Pendleton (CBE) will be aiming to take part in as many of the events as she can, and encourages women everywhere to give the events a go.

She said: “I’ve been involved with Cycletta since it launched with two events in 2011. I am so passionate about this series and it is fantastic to see Cycletta continue to grow in popularity, with events now taking place all over the country and launching in Scotland, where the scenery is fantastic and the welcome for cyclists warm and friendly.

There are many reasons why women should get out on their bikes – whether it’s to commute to work, keep fit, socialise or to raise money for a good cause like Macmillan Cancer Support. Some cycling events can feel intimidating, particularly if you haven’t been on a bike for years and that’s exactly what Cycletta aims to change.”

Each Cycletta takes place in stunning surroundings, on safe well-managed roads and with loads of fun for all the family. Ladies are encouraged to bring the whole clan along to cheer them on.

Each event will feature all the unique touches that made the 2012 events so popular, like treat stops along the routes and the popular pamper zone offering ladies free post-ride pampering to make sure they leave looking as glam as when they arrived.

Ian Lulham, Macmillan’s Cycling Events Programme Manager, said: “We want as many ladies as possible to take to two wheels, get outdoors in the great Scottish countryside and take part in Cycletta for Macmillan in 2013. Not only will you have a great day out, but you’ll be helping us on our way to raising much needed funds to help support people affected by cancer, every step of the way.”

The Cycletta website offers a host of information on training, race day advice and bike maintenance. Also keep an eye on the Cycletta blog, Twitter (@cycletta) and www.facebook.com/cycletta to stay up-to-date with the latest news and developments.

Cycletta is part of the Human Race Women Only series which includes triathlon, swimming, running and cycling events. To find out more go to: www.humanrace.co.uk To book your place visit: www.cycletta.co.uk

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