Mountain bikers set to take on Oxfordshire Ridgeway

More than 1,500 visitors are expected to descend on the local area as cyclists of all ages and abilities tackle a range of countryside routes along the Ridgeway and local bridleways. The events range from a family-friendly ‘mini-marathon’ to the ‘Monster 100k marathon’ for experienced riders.

The event is being organised by Cycle-tech as part of the MTB Marathon Series. It is supported by Oxfordshire County Council as the lead authority within the Ridgeway Partnership, and South and Vale District Council.

Anyone wishing to take part should go along to Wantage Town Football Ground, Manor Road, Wantage. Registration opens  Saturday 1 August at 2.30pm to 7.30pm and Sunday 2 August 8am to 9.30am. For further information visit: www.mtb-marathon.co.uk/events/2nd-august-2015-wantage-oxfordshire.html

The county council’s Cabinet Member for Transport David Nimmo Smith said: “Cycling is a great way to have fun and keep fit. It’s great to see people enjoying the outdoors on The Ridgeway and events like this inspire people to get out there. Benefits will also be felt by local businesses with more than 1,500 visitors expected throughout the day.”

The event is expected to bring in around £40,000 in tourist trade to the local area.

Cllr Matthew Barber, Leader of Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “This will be a great event that that all cycling enthusiasts, no matter their age or experience, can get involved with.  It’s also a real boost for Wantage helping to bring in more people to the town and more money for local the tourist trade.”

About the Ridgeway

The Ridgeway is one of 16 National Trails across England. It was established in 1972 and stretches 87 miles over the hills from Avebury in Wiltshire to Ivinghoe Beacon in Hertfordshire. It incorporates public rights of way, including footpaths, bridleways, byways and restricted byways, as well as road sections. www.nationaltrail.co.uk/ridgeway

The Ridgeway Partnership involves 7 local authorities along the 87 mile length, with Oxfordshire County Council as the accountable body. Other Partners include The Chiltern Society, the Ramblers, the Friends of The Ridgeway, the North Wessex Downs AONB and the Chilterns Conservation Board.