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Five Valleys sees the return of premier Cycling event – Cotswold Cogfest


Following the inevitable missed year of 2020, Cotswold Cogfest returns on Sunday, June 27.

Boasting fantastic routes, the same friendly and welcoming atmosphere and free homemade cakes.

Cogfest is all about encouraging everyone to come and have a go at cycling, said event director Dave Land: “Our goal is to get more people riding more bikes, more often. We even have a ‘Couch to Cogfest’ plan on our website and on Facebook, aimed at helping people come and ride with us.” 

Cogfest offers three routes for riders to choose from:

  • First is the family ride, suitable for everyone, across and around the stunning Minchinhampton Common, about 6miles/10km.
  • Second is the 30 mile/50km route. Rolling countryside, no big hills, out to the Cotswold Water park on quiet lanes, with lovely views and the cake-tastic feed station at the halfway point.
  • Third is the 60 mile/100km route. For those who want a fast ride out this is the one. Or for those who want a more leisurely ride and a decent day in the countryside. The route follows the 30 miler to the feed station, where you can refuel, before setting out on a further 30 mile loop, and returning to the feed station for another refuel, and then the journey home. 

Land added: “Once riders get back to base there will be tea, coffee, more cake, and fantastic bacon rolls, with veggie/vegan options. Reward yourself with a treat and a pat on the back for a good day in the saddle.

“We’ve made Cogfest accessible, affordable and friendly. Our goal is to encourage everyone from the racers to the tandems to the first-timers to come and have a great day out on the bike. For new riders, I’d say you might surprise yourself how far you can cycle with encouragement, a lovely route and plenty of opportunities to refuel!” 

The event is backed up by a mechanic crew, and Cotswold Cogfest is a British Cycling registered sportive.

Sign up through their website today: https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/237744/2021-Cotswold-Cogfest
For more information: www.cotswoldcogfest.org

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