Well done and thank you to everyone who took part in the 1st Great Pedal Away Event

Published on: Friday, 02-October-2015

Upward of 100 cyclists of all ages enjoyed the first Knowsley Great Pedal Away Ride on Sunday 13 September.

The ride, delivered by leading cycling charity Cycling Projects offered a choice of two routes, an eight-mile family ride and a longer, more challenging 34-mile route.Pedal Away event cyclists
Over 80 riders pre-booked online with more enthusiastic cyclists registering on the day, keen to support the charity which delivers inclusive cycling opportunities throughout Britain.
Light rain in the morning gave way to bright sunshine and, after a welcome and safety briefing, riders left the event headquarters at the idyllic National Wildflower Centre in Huyton and were soon on the Trans Pennine Trail.
Following a checkpoint and tea/cake stop at Halewood Triangle Country Park visitor centre, the routes split, the more adventurous headed out on quiet roads and cycleways of Knowsley, while others enjoyed the traffic-free Liverpool Loopline, which led back to the event HQ.
A mobile mechanic was also on hand to ensure that all participants could enjoy a worry-free ride.
Entry to the event cost just £5, with all proceeds going towards providing specialist cycles for the inclusive cycling charity.
Cycling Projects’ director Ian Tierney manned the Halewood checkpoint and was thrilled with the response to the charity’s first challenge event.  “This is a fabulous way of showcasing our communities and our initiatives whilst raising funds for a good cause”.
Event Organiser Kevin McCann oversees the development of community cycling across Knowsley through the Pedal Away initiative
"We were genuinely bowled over by the support we received on the day. It was fantastic to see so many cyclists out enjoying the wonderful routes we have on our doorstep. And to get so much positive feedback about the day has convinced us we'll be back to do it bigger and better next year!!"
To find out more about the work of Cycling Projects go to www.cycling.org.uk, search for Cycling Projects on Facebook or follow @pedalawayCP or @CyclingProjects on Twitter.