The Jennings Rivers Ride Sunday 16th September
by Henry Peacock
The Jennings Rivers Ride reveals some of the UK’s finest scenery and cycling terrain from the heart of the Lake District all the way out to the Irish Sea. This sportive is set to be one of the friendliest on the calendar.
Ride On Water
It is actually a series of three bike rides, which start and finish in Keswick. It is called the Rivers Ride because sections of the routes follow the affected river courses and criss-cross over many of the bridges that were either destroyed and replaced, or were badly damaged during the floods in 2009.
The family fun ride is an all-inclusive event that challenges youngsters (and their parents / guardians) to ride a distance of 11 miles around the beautiful Derwentwater. The entry price is a bargain as up to four members of one family can ride as a team.
Rides For All
The medium route has been designed to be an achievable cycling challenge for both novices (with some preparation) and experienced riders alike. 40 miles of lovely Lakeland roads heading west to Cockermouth via Ouse Bridge, returning to Keswick via the rebuilt Lorton Bridge and finishing with a climb over Whinlatter Pass.
The longest route of them all is a challenging ride designed for the more experienced rider. Don’t be deceived by the flat start, which heads out to the Irish Sea at Workington via twisting country lanes. The route returns to Keswick via three of the Lake District’s majorroad passes - Whinlatter, Newlands and finally Honister - to complete an epic ride of over 85 miles with a sting that is most certainly in the tail. The Jennings Rivers Ride appeals to a wide range of people: regular and club cyclists looking to test their fitness, seasoned cyclists looking for some sociable training miles, newcomers to the sport and families who want to take on the family ride.
There Are Some Tough Climbs To Get Up
Matthew Wilson, M-Sport Ford World Rally Driver and accomplished cyclist said: “The scenery is breathtaking and the band of smiling volunteers that cheer you on makes this an event you will never forget.”
There’ll be a Family Fun Day in Fitz Park, Keswick at the start / finish point of the event. On the field you’ll find a large marquee with entertainment, food and drink and a wide array of family-friendly games and things to do. The Jennings Rivers Ride is a charity fundraising event organised by, and to help support the work of, Cumbria Community Foundation. We help older people keep warm in the winter, we support aspiring young athletes we help young people explore their potential, we encourage the disadvantaged to overcome barriers and we support community projects. You are helping us simply by taking part in the rides, as a little bit of the entry fee goes straight to our charity.
Anyone who raises more than £100 will receive a Jennings Rivers Ride Yellow Cycling Jersey. There are also prizes for the adult, junior and team that raises the most money for Cumbria Community Foundation. If you would like more information go to www.cumbriafoundation.org.
The Jennings River Ride
- 16/09/2012 - Keswick
- The Jennings River Ride - 15/09/2013 - Fitz Park, Keswick
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