Capital of Cycling were thrilled to be asked to support the Bradford to Wakefield leg of the national Cathedral Cycle Relay Ride during Bike Week 2021.
The Cathedral Route is a 1825 mile cycle route linking all 42 English Cathedrals which can be done on a mixture of quiet roads and cycle paths where possible. A full map of the route can be found here https://www.cyclinguk.org/route/whole-cathedrals-cycle-route
The route was launched in Bike Week 2021 with a relay, starting in Newcastle on 30th May and ending in Carlisle on 10th July. A group of cyclists were recruited by each Cathedral to test the route in their area. We were involved in the route from Bradford to Wakefield via Dewsbury Minster.
It was a lovely sunny day when a group of 25 cyclists of varying ability, from experienced road cyclists and even racers, to newly trained beginners on borrowed bikes. We are lucky in that our route is mostly off road on Sustrans cycle routes and links the Spen Valley Greenway to the Osset Greenway and into Wakefield.
It is hoped that the relay will be an annual event, and with the hope that Covid restrictions will have lifted by next year, we are hoping it will be bigger and better. So watch this space for more news in the new year about joining the 2022 Cathedral Cycle Relay…