There are to be planned Cycling Sportives in the East of England, throughout 2014. A cyclosportive, or often simply sportive, is a short to long distance, organised, mass-participation cycling event.
Equestrians and cyclists are vulnerable road users. Both groups share similar risks when riding on the road and both need access to more safe off road riding.
Cyclists and horse riders have a statutory right to ride on byways, bridleways and roads. On bridleways, it is important that cyclists give way to horse riders (the Countryside Act 1968 gave cyclists the right to use bridleways, but stated that they must give way to horse riders and walkers).
Cycles can startle horses if ridden too close or fast, which can result in injuries to both parties. Nobody wants this and so with awareness and consideration on both sides, incidents can be avoided.
Download the recommended practice and advice for both parties at horseaccidents.org.uk
Please note, this is not an exhaustive list and there may be others planned that this publication has not been made aware of. Click on the dates below to link you straight to the relevant website for further details:
1 March: Wiggle No Excuses Sportive 40/80miles Huntingdon Racecourse, Huntingdon PE284NL SOLD OUT
6 April: Wiggle Spring Saddle Sportive 38/73/100miles Newmarket Racecourse, Suffolk CB80TF
13 April: Action Peterborough 100 44/64/100miles The Marriot Hotel, Lynch Wood PE26GB
27 April: Ipex 14 50/100miles Park and Ride, London Road, Ipswich IP83TQ
11 May: Action Suffolk Sunrise 46/60/101miles Framlingham College, Suffolk IP13 9EY
11 May: Tour of the Dengie Cyclosportive 43/83km Bradwell Marina, Bradwell Waterside CM10 7RB
24 May: Wortwell Wanderer 20/50/100miles Wortwell Community Centre, Norfolk IPA20 0HP
1 June: Norwich 100/50/25 25/50/100miles The Forum, Millenium Plain, Norwich NR21BH
22 June: Norfolk Nobbler 60/100miles Fakenham Sports and Leisure Centre, Norfolk NR21 9HL
22 June: The Saxon Classic 50/100/160km Christchurch Park, Ipswich IP4 2BX
22 June: Wiggle Flatout in the Fens 77/112/152miles Peterborough Regional College, Park Crescent Campus PE1 4DZ
26 July: Circuit of the Fens Grand Prix Sportive 130miles Sir Harry Smith Community College, Whittlesey PE7 1XB
3 August: Suffolk Coast Bike Ride 35/60miles Glemham Hall, Woodbridge IP13 0BT
6 September: Wiggle Steeplechase 47/61/95miles Huntingdon Racecourse, Huntingdon PE284NL
28 September: Cambridge to Norwich 77miles Coldhams Common, Cambridge CB5 8NT