A host of cycling events to get everyone involved is being planned for the weekend the Women’s Tour race finishes in Bury St Edmunds.
May 11 sees the finish of the five day tour, the country’s first international stage race for women cyclists, but the fun starts the day before when Abbeycroft Leisure, which runs Bury Leisure Centre, brings its ‘Get Inspired, Get Involved’ weekend to the town.
Whether you fancy yourself as a mountain bike marvel and a sprint superstar, or just want your bike checked over, you will be able to do it all in the arc’s Charter Square on Saturday May 10 from 9am to 5pm.
Total Trax, a portable mountain bike track, will give youngsters the chance to try off-road riding without even getting muddy.
If the ups and downs of that are too alarming, you can try Rollerdrome, a unique new cycle sport founded on a hundred years of cycle roller racing tradition will also be in Charter Square. It offers four participants at a time to ride genuine track racing bikes and battle it out over a fast, high energy 500m sprint
Plus cyclists are encouraged to bring their bike for a check up as Dr Bike will be in Charter Square carrying out bike maintenance and tune ups.
Then from 10.30am to 4pm on Sunday May 11, Abbeycoft will be offering taster sessions of its Schools Out leisure centre holiday camps including Dodgeball and Tri Golf.
In The Apex, local sports clubs and health and wellbeing organisations will be showcasing what they have to offer and there will be a chance for children to try the arts and craft activities.
Alison Blackwell, Abbeycroft Leisure’s Development Director, said: “We want to celebrate the fact that Bury St Edmunds was chosen to host the finish line for the very first Women’s Tour by encouraging people in the community to come and try some activities they may not have done before. We want to make this weekend a celebration of cycling and sport, using The Tour as inspiration. Supporting Suffolk’s Most Active County aspirations, we want to encourage people to get out on their bikes to explore the fantastic Suffolk countryside, getting active and looking after their health and wellbeing as a result.”
As well as those hosted by Abbeycroft Leisure, there will also be activities on Angel Hill near the finish line on the Sunday.
Bury East West Safer Neighbourhood Team will be carrying out Cycle Security Marking and Cycle Suffolk with Suffolk Sport will be asking people to test their performance on their training Wattbikes. Plus British Cycling will be holding young people’s Go Ride demonstrations including Go Ride girls team sprints.
Charter Square will also be the starting line of the Women on Wheels (WOW) charity ladies five and 20 mile cycle ride on Sunday May 11 in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care. For more details visit and to register visit www.suffolksport.com/wow