ONE AND ALL INVITED TO JOIN SPRINGTIME SHELTERBOX CYCLE RIDES.
Local ‘bike-curious’ and regular cyclists alike are being invited to take part in a day of on and off-road rides, organized by CTC Cornwall in aid of Shelterbox – disaster relief.
CTC Cornwall, part of the National Cycling Organisation is heralding the first official day of Spring, the very day the clocks go forward (March 21st), with their 'Equinox' rides from Cornwall's famous Coast-to-Coast cycle trail.
Shelterbox supporter and manager of the Bike Barn at Elm Farm Cycle Centre, Roger Knight said; “We want to encourage as many people as possible to get out and enjoy these fun rides, and raise funds for this very worthwhile cause.”
There will be various ride options, ranging from a gentle 5 mile family friendly amble along the Coast-to-Coast trail, to a challenging 50 mile road ride taking in coastal and countryside lanes across the county. Riders are invited to choose from the range of road or off-road rides, and either stick with the group, or set their own pace for a leisurely cycle with café and refreshment stops on the way.
If you are keen to participate, or simply turn up and watch and do a bit of celebrity spotting, more details can be found by looking at www.ctccornwall.org.uk, or visiting The Bike Barn, Elm Farm Cycle Centre, Cambrose, Portreath TR16 5UF. Information is also available at local bike shops around the County.
CTC Cornwall Secretary and event organizer Martyn Aldis said; “We want local people to get out on their bikes and enjoy some of Cornwall's most beautiful springtime countryside riding, and to show that there are opportunities to take part in healthy and fun group bike rides”.
If that isn’t enough to get you back in the saddle, Skinner’s Brewery and Elm Farm Shop will be inviting participants to try their unique Coast-to-Coast Trail Ale for free.
Trail rides starting and finishing at The Bike Barn, Elm Farm
Equinox Foal – a short trot on the tramway - 5 miles
Named for the horses that worked the Portreath to Poldice tramway past Elm Farm, this ride takes you from Elm Farm down to the sea at Portreath and back and makes an easy introduction to the mineral trails.
Equinox Miner – across Cornwall by tramway – 17 miles
Named after one of the three steam locomotives that worked the Redruth Chasewater railway between Redruth and Devoran from 1854 to 1915, this ride runs from Elm Farm to Devoran and back on the Coast to Coast trail along the route and in many places the rail bed of the old mineral tramways. The gradients of the old rail routes are gentle with just a very few steeper joining sections. There are some on-road sections and roads to cross. Devoran Scouts will be offering refreshments at Devoran Village in aid of ShelterBox.
Equinox Port to Port – cross the country twice in a day – 22 miles
This ride uses the whole of the Coast to Coast trail joining the old ports of Portreath and Devoran. The route is long enough to present a do-able challenge for the occasional rider and the route is easy to follow. The visit to Devoran for refreshments will come a little after half way through the ride.
Equinox Many Wheals – ride the mining heartlands- 28 miles
This trail ride uses more recently joined and marked trails based on mineral railways that joined the mining district around Pool and the Great Flat Load mines to the sea ports. It leaves Portreath beside the rail incline then follows a gentle section to Trevenson near Pool. A climb beside the Red River Valley brings the rider to King Edward Mine. From there the route follows the Great Flat Lode Trail past Wheal Grenville, South Wheal Francis and Wheal Buller to follow the course of the Redruth Chasewater railway down to join the Coast to Coast trail in at Twelveheads for the easy run to Devoran where the Scouts will be offering refreshments in the Village Hall in aid of ShelterBox. Return to Elm Farm is by the Coast to Coast trail.
This longer trail rides has a few steep climbs and descents although they are so short that they can easily be walked without making overall progress too slow. There are main roads to cross and the navigation is a bit more involved than on the shorter trail rides but it is greatly eased by new signs erected in recent weeks and trail improvements. There are spectacular long views to go with the close ups of engine houses and mineral colouration. The visit to Devoran Village Hall for refreshments will come well after half way through the duration of the ride so an energy bar or a few biscuits for the early part might not go amiss. This is a really memorable ride and for regular local trail riders well worth a return visit in it’s improved form.
Road rides starting at Devoran Village Hall
Equinox 25 Mile Road
This ride leaves the Carnon Valley to climb up to Stithians and Four Lanes with mainly easy gradients and long views from the high points. A steady descent to Portreath ends with a final short steep section down into the port. After a refreshment stop and ride record sheet stamping moment at Elm Farm, about 17 miles into the ride, the route runs parallel to the coast with only one short steep climb at Mawla. After that it’s back down to Chacewater and down the Carnon Valley to Devoran. This is a good warm up ride for the regular cyclist who hasn’t put in a lot of distance over the winter or just wants a shorter ride. The more occasional rider who prefers tarmac to trails will also find this very suitable.
Equinox 50 Mile Road
This ride follows the same route as the 25 until Blackwater where it presses on easily to Mithian before driving generally east into narrower lanes of a more hilly kind. Crossing the Truro to St Austell A road in Tresillian it carries on through the quiet and attractive if somewhat lumpy lanes to Ruan Lanihorne before a few more short climbs and descents bring the rider to the King Harry Ferry and the pancake flat return beside the Restronguet Creek to Devoran. The later half of the ride is more demanding in terms of gradient, narrow lanes, sharp bends and some stretches in poor repair so plenty of water and some on-board rations or energy drink is called for as the refreshment stop is quite early in the route. This ride is ideal for regular cyclists who have managed to keep some riding going over this long winter.
Contact us for an entry form - over 18 and under 18.
Contact: Martyn Aldis
Phone 01209 891498
CTC Cornwall Office
Elm Farm Cycle Centre
Cambrose, Nr Portreath, Cornwall, TR16 5UF
www.ctccornwall.org.uk Pedal Powered Charity Rides
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