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Event Report: Midsummer Bike Night

News Posted: 19 June 2008

Event Date: 17 June 2008


Above: Chippenham Wheelers' young guns celebrate their club's Clubmark award during the Bike Night

A day of cycling activities involving over 400 people was organised by North Wiltshire District Council and Chippenham Wheelers to recognise National Bike Week. Midsummer Bike Night at Castle Combe was preceded by an afternoon of cycling provided for special educational needs students at Frogwell School, St Nicholas School and Springfield School.


Above: Cycling Projects demonstrated a range of cycles for people with disabilities

Cycling Projects, a charity who specialise in adapted bikes for children and adults with learning and physical difficulties, travelled down from Manchester and spent three hours with local students giving them the opportunity to try out trikes, quads, hand cycles and a variety of other adapted cycles. Andy Cook, from British Cycling and Chippenham Wheeler's was moved by the experience and commented, 'it was fantastic to see the pleasure on the young peoples' faces as they tried out different bikes. Everyone was involved and some of the children experienced an activity that was totally new to them.'

The evening event at Castle Combe race circuit, organised to promote all forms of cycling, both competitive and recreational was supported by Wiltshire County Council and DC Leisure and saw 362 people ride around the circuit. 4014 miles were completed by participants on the night which was a great achievement.


Above: Rich Johnson wowed the crowds with his trials display

Rich Johnson from RJ Ride Guide performed one of his trademark trials displays with some extraordinary stunts, young riders had a go at the junior Go Ride circuit and the Sustainable Transport Rangers provided support and information to riders throughout the evening.

During the evening Chippenham Wheelers were presented with their Clubmark award from Mark Adams, British Cycling's South Regional Manager, an award that puts them in a select group of 70 cycling clubs across the country to have achieved the award. Clubmark is a high quality mark identifying those clubs with junior sections that have worked hard to ensure that their club is safe, well structured and well managed. A great achievement for the club and recognition of a lot of hard work over the past 12 months.

North Wiltshire Sports Development Officer, Alex Muse, who organised the event in partnership with Chippenham Wheelers, thought the event was a big success and said, 'bringing a number of cycling partners together and showcasing the activity on a night like tonight will hopefully encourage more families and young people to get involved in cycling on a more regular basis. It's a great activity for health and leisure and tonight has shown that cycling can be great fun as well!'

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