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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Celebrate National Bike Week with two great cycle rides on Gower

Get fit for summer at the UK's biggest cycling event!

Celebrate National Bike Week with two great cycle rides on Gower

image depicting Cycling along the Swansea Bay seaside promenade cycle path
Cycling along the seaside promenade cycle path
Cwmtawe Cycle Group, who are celebrating their 10thanniversary this year, are marking National Bike Week with two organised bike rides. 
The first one on Saturday 25th June is the Gower Beast MTB ride. It starts at the Gower Heritage Centre, Parkmill and takes on the five highest peaks in Gower - two on Cefn Bryn, Ryer's Down, Llanmadoc and Rhosilli which is 196 metres above sea level.  It finishes at the Gower Heritage Centre and costs just £2.00 per person to enter the ride and entry to the Gower Heritage Centre is free for riders.  All riders taking part in this ride must wear a helmet and have a reasonable level of fitness.
The second ride is the Annual Family Fun Bike Ride "Route-43-to-the-Sea" which takes place on Sunday 26th June and starts at 11:00am.  This ride is aimed at families and riders of all abilities with the emphasis on fun and enjoyment.  Leaving from the Pontardawe Inn in the heart of the Swansea Valley, the ride follows the course of the river Tawe along Route 43 of the national cycle network down to Swansea Marina.  After a break for refreshments, riders proceed at their own pace back to Pontardawe where entertainment, music and food are on offer at the Pontardawe Inn. Riders will need a serviceable bike (a bike doctor will be available to deal with any minor problems) and be capable of riding the total course length of 14 miles.  There is no time limit and marshals will be available at all times to assist where necessary.  Any riders under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. 
Chairman Richie Saunders formed the group ten years ago to promote and encourage safe cycling and campaign for more cycle paths.  This year the ride is a charity event in aid of the Ty Hafan Family Hospice for Young Lives.  Riders will be encouraged to raise money through sponsorship or pay a small entry fee.
Cycling is convenient - door-to-door with a  guaranteed arrival time
Cycling improves fitness, and fitter just by cycling regularly
Cycling opens your eyes to new surroundings - explore your local area and see what you discover
Cycling is great for commuting to work or school - arrive refreshed, alert and more productive
Cycling is green - every journey you make on your bike is one less in a car
For more information please contact Richie on 07891 508688 or emailsirseanesquire@gmail.com
For the Gower Beast MTB Ride you can also contact the Gower Heritage Centre on 01792 371206 or email reception@gowerheritagecentre.co.uk. Or visit the Bike Week websitewww.bikeweek.org.uk

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