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Cycletta Launch 2014 Events with Title Partner Macmillan Cancer Support

by Nick Gregory

Cycletta, the UK's leading women only cycle series welcomes Macmillan Cancer Support as title partner of the series which will now be known as Macmillan Cycletta. The series returns in 2014 following its most successful year ever in 2013, as almost 4000 women were encouraged to get on their bikes. The series has seen growth of more than 130% since its inception just three years ago, which is reflective of the surge in popularity of women's cycling.

Olympic champion, Victoria Pendleton, who will continue as an ambassador for the series said, "It has been such a pleasure to be involved with Macmillan Cycletta so far. I'm proud to have been a part of it since the very beginning and I'm delighted to see more and more women continue to take up cycling."

Macmillan Cycletta 2014 caters for cyclists of all ages and abilities, and will feature Novice, Classic and Challenge distances, as well as the new Macmillan Cycletta 100km distance at the New Forest and Scotland events. The new, longer route has been created due to demand from Macmillan Cycletta participants for a longer women only cycle route.

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All Macmillan Cycletta routes will wind through sensational surroundings on quiet, safe and well-managed roads. The Novice distance will be a manageable 20km route which is perfect for beginners and is a similar challenge to running 5km. The 40km Classic route is ideal for anyone with a little more confidence on their bike. Finally, the Challenge distance is aimed at somewhat more experienced riders, who are seeking a sterner test, or for those in training for longer sportives, as the distance ranges from 60-70km. Macmillan Cycletta is also open to girls aged 12-16 when accompanied by an adult. 

The series will start at the prestigious Wiggle Dragon Ride on 8th June, in South Wales. This event is the toughest in the Macmillan Cycletta calendar as it takes in some steep climbs and more technical sections. Next up is the Bedfordshire event which takes place on 29th June at the stunning Woburn Abbey. The New Forest then takes centre stage on 21st September at the beautiful Beaulieu Palace, which is set in rolling countryside, allowing riders to take in spectacular views. On 28th September the Macmillan Cycletta series will travel to the beautiful Tatton Park, Cheshire before making its return to Scotland, and Scone Palace, for the second year in a row on 5th October. The curtain will come down on the 2014 series on 12th October at Loseley Park, Surrey.

Each event will feature all the unique touches that made the 2013 events so popular, such as regular and well stocked feed stops along the route, fantastic goodie-bags, friendly and knowledgeable marshals and buzzing event villages. The Macmillan Cycletta Spa by Unlisted will also be providing a complimentary spa experience for all entrants after the events.

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At Macmillan Cycletta events younger children will also be able to get involved through the Scootathlon, which takes place on the day at each of the venues. The Scootathlon is a mini triathlon for children between the ages of 4 and 8 involving a scoot (150m), bike (600m) and run (200m). Girls and boys will race together in various age categories, completing the three disciplines.

Cycling Programme Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, Liz Hemming said: "Macmillan Cycletta is really exciting for us as the series continues to grow in 2014 and we look forward to seeing more women at the events. Macmillan Cycletta is a great way for female cyclists nationwide to raise money to help people affected by cancer through taking on a cycling challenge. The new title of Macmillan Cycletta reflects our commitment to encouraging more women to get on their bikes, and use their challenge to help others." 

The full Cycletta 2014 line-up is as follows:

Macmillan Cycletta at the Wiggle Dragon Ride - 8th June, South Wales

Macmillan Cycletta Bedfordshire - 29th June, Woburn Abbey

Macmillan Cycletta New Forest - 21st September, Beaulieu Palace

Macmillan Cycletta Cheshire - 28th September, Tatton Park

Macmillan Cycletta Scotland - 5th October, Scone Palace, Perth

Macmillan Cycletta Surrey - 12th October, Loseley Park

Secure your place now by logging on to www.humanrace.co.uk/cycletta.





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