Families across the county are being encouraged to take part in a popular Kent sporting event which takes on a new dimension this year.
The Good Friday Sportive, which starts and finishes at the KCC-backed Cyclopark, will be raising money for the Kent Community Foundation, the charity supported by the current KCC Chairman, David Brazier.
Mr Brazier is himself a keen cyclist and will be among the riders for the event which is now in its fourth year.
Publicity for the Sportive, on 30 March, began with a launch at County Hall attended by Mr Brazier, Chatham and Aylesford MP Tracey Crouch, pupils from Five Acre School, Maidstone, and Amy Nash from Kent Community Foundation.
The Sportive offers a choice of two distances and thereby provides an opportunity for riders of all standards and experience. This year families are being encouraged to have a go, and the shorter route is perfect for those wishing to try out something new over the Easter weekend.
After a warm-up lap of the Cyclopark circuit, the routes head into the quiet lanes of the surrounding Kent countryside and offer a challenge to both experienced and recreational riders who can expect some testing climbs, fast flats and exhilarating descents.
Once riders have finished the event, they can enjoy a celebration back at Cyclopark – the county’s premier cycling facility in Gravesend – where each participant will be treated like a winner and rewarded for taking part.
Mr Brazier said: “We want to make sure that this is a fun-filled day for all the family. It is not about who comes first or last, it is about finishing the event, knowing that you have had a good time and maybe even made the odd friend or two by the end of it. Who knows?
“This year it is also about raising money for a good cause – the Kent Community Foundation, which assists charities by linking them with appropriate fund-raisers and events.”
Josephine McCartney, CEO of Kent Community Foundation, added: “We are honoured to be chosen as David Brazier’s charity of the year for 2017/18. The proceeds from all the fundraising activities will support the valuable work we do in strengthening local communities across Kent and Medway. We are very grateful for this support.”
The family ride is over 14 miles and, for more serious riders, the elite route is over 54 miles. Cost of entry is £16.45 or £27.02, with booking via the website: www.eventbrite.co.uk