Wantage to Winchester Bike Ride 2012
Hyde900’s Cycling Challenge
On Sunday July 15th 2012, cyclists from Hampshire & Oxfordshire will take part in the fifth Hyde900 Wantage to Winchester Bike Ride. There’s still time for you to join them!
The Wantage to Winchester Ride celebrates the historic connection between Wantage, King Alfred the Great’s birthplace, and his final resting place, Winchester. It regularly attracts over 100 entrants, many of whom return year after year, riding anything from the latest carbon-fibre racers to shopping bikes with baskets on the front.
Starting at the foot of King Alfred’s statue in Wantage market place, the 50-mile route winds through quiet country lanes, taking in glorious downland scenery and winding rivers before arriving beneath Alfred’s other statue in Winchester’s Broadway. Copious amounts of food and drink await the finishers in Winchester Guildhall.
‘It’s not a competitive event,’ says organiser Andy Key. ‘We want people to enjoy their day, so there’s no set time limit and no-one will mind if you choose to stop for coffee or walk up a hill or two.”
The route is signposted, all riders get route guides, and there are refreshment points along the way (two of them helpfully placed at the top of the two big hills on the route!)
Transport is available from Winchester to the start before the ride, but space is limited so book early.
Entry is £10 at www.hyde900.org.uk or phone 01962 620989.