…Probably not until today (Tuesday April 21, 2015) when four of them got on their bikes to launch a brand new initiative encouraging people to cycle to this year’s Suffolk Show at Trinity Park on May 27th & 28th.
A new and free cycle park will be situated at the main Entrance on Felixstowe Road, equipped with designated storage racks for people to lock up their bikes and take a short walk into the body of the Show. It will be run in conjunction with the team from Suffolk’s Year of Cycling that has also drawn up and launched a series of cycling maps available online at www.suffolkshow.co.uk/suffolkshow/howtofind us.
Unsure of the best route from home to the Show, or how to travel most of the route on purpose made pathways? These colour maps show suggested routes from starting points across the area to Trinity Park.
Pictured (L-R) are deputy show director George Harris, senior steward for health and safety Mike Warner show director Bill Baker, and Collecting Ring steward Nick Watts, together with Tanya Griffiths, elite cyclist, member of Velosure Starley Primal racing team and founder of the Women’s Eastern Racing League from Suffolk’s Year of Cycling.
Bill said: ”Suffolk is a wonderful county for cycling, thankfully relatively flat and full of the amazing sights and sounds of nature as you travel along, which fortunately we as farmers are close to most of the time. We want to encourage families to enjoy these, get active and visit the show on two wheels. I would be delighted if we almost ran out of space on this first venture!
“It’s also a great way to work up an appetite for some of the fantastic locally produced food that will be available at the Show. Remember to bring a good sized rucksack to transport it all home! We are grateful to the Suffolk Year of Cycling team not just for bringing this idea to us, but also for the displays about the elite cycle events visiting our county later this year, the cycle maintenance and advice workshops and help for cyclists which will all be found on the Suffolk Sport stand.”
“We are really excited by this new feature at the Show and Suffolk’s Year of Cycling,” said Colin Grogan, Sport, Health and Inclusion Development Manager for Suffolk County Council. “There are lots of ways people can get on their bikes and really involved. This way is free and we hope people will take advantage of the opportunity to beat the traffic both travel to the Show and during the year!
“At the Show visitors will be able to join the team’s workshops on bike maintenance, discover their nearest clubs, how to raise money for charity through cycling and embrace the sport in a way that suits them. Not everyone feels the need to be an elite cyclist, but Suffolk is a fantastic county to get out there enjoy the exercise and fresh air, “said Colin
The announcement comes as Suffolk gears up to be the host county for the Grand Depart of the Friends Life Women’s Tour in Bury St Edmunds on June 17 and sees the penultimate stage of the Men’s Tour finish in Ipswich on September 12.
And you could be there! If you’d like to be part of the VIP enclosure at either of these events look out later this week for a one off competition at www.suffolkshow.uk where you could win a pair of tickets to either the finish of the men’s tour in Ipswich or start of the women’s tour VIP enclosure in Bury St Edmunds.
About 58,000* people aged 16-74, that is only 13 per cent of the county’s population cycle about once a week, so this is a chance to dust down your bicycle and start pedalling for a reason. (*source Suffolk County Council)
Don’t forget under 15 s come for free, discounted tickets are on sale now at www.suffolkshow.co.uk and you can take your dog!