Wanted – riders for charity ride

We were recently contacted by Parity for Disability who provide life-changing services for profoundly disabled people living in Berkshire, Hampshire and Surrey.

They are looking for an enthusiastic team of local cyclists to take part in their fundraising ride from Farnborough to its French twin town, Meudon, which is on the outskirts of Paris.

Participants will leave for Portsmouth on 5th September 2013. After an overnight ferry crossing to Le Havre, they will travel through scenic Northern France, stopping overnight at Vernon before arriving on Saturday 7th September at Meudon.

The event will be a real adventure, and will help raise thousands of pounds towards services for local people with multiple disabilities.

For more information, please contact organiser, Kimberley Norris, on 01252 375581 or kimberley@parityfordisability.org.uk


EuroVelo 2 – Galway to Moscow (via West Berkshire)

Have you ever got on a cycle route and wondered how far it goes or where you would end up if you followed it all the way to the end? Many people will be familiar with National Cycle Network Route 4, which goes from London to Fishguard. NCN4 runs east-west through West Berkshire and is well used by local cyclists and long-distance tourers alike.

However, what you may not know is that most of NCN4 also forms part of EuroVelo 2, which connects Galway with Moscow, via many of Europe’s major / capital cities, including: Dublin, London, The Hague, Berlin, Warsaw and Minsk. EuroVelo incorporates national and regional cycle routes into a single European network. It currently consists of over 45,000 km of bike paths with more planned – when completed it will total over 70,000 km.

The aim behind EuroVelo is to encourage large numbers of people to give cycling a try, and promote a shift to healthy and sustainable travel for daily trips and cycling touring. Cycle tourism is big business in Europe, with increasing numbers of our European cousins coming over to the UK. So next time you are pottering along the K&A towpath, you might just meet someone who’s doing a much longer journey!