Statue to Statue – the Wantage to Winchester Cycle Ride 2015
This annual Wantage to Winchester Cycle Ride, now in its eighth successful year, will take place on Sunday 19 July. Already riders from different parts of the country have registered to ride the 50 mile route which winds through quiet country lanes and ancient landscapes.
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 120 riders, many of whom return year after year, riding anything from the latest carbon-fibre racers to shopping bikes with baskets on the front.
The ride leaves the statue of King Alfred in Wantage’s historic market place at 10.00 a.m. Heading east along the Vale of the White Horse, riders then cross the Marlborough Downs, the Thames Valley and North Hampshire Downs, before a gentle descent into Winchester through the picturesque villages of the Bourne Valley. The ride finishes at Winchester’s statue of Alfred in the Broadway.
The ride is non-competitive and there is no sponsorship requirement unless participants wish to support their own charities. The route is sign-posted and marshalled, with refreshment stops on the way, and at the finish where riders will be welcomed with tea and cakes at Winchester’s Bike Hub at the YMCA café.
For more details and to register for the ride visit www.Hyde900.org.uk.