Organised in partnership with British Cycling, Lancaster University Students’ Union (LUSU) are hosting a free bike ride open to all on Saturday Week 2 to promote cycling and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Roses inter-varsity tournament. Olympic gold medallist Jason Queally will open the ride, which is the first of its kind in Roses history, and will allow participants to cycle alongside the Olympian in a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Designed to suit people of all abilities, three different route options with various mileage are available: an easy-going 1.8 miles for children and beginners, a 6 mile gentle ride for intermediates, and an 18 mile cycle for those seeking a challenge. The start time depends on the route chosen, but it is expected that the 18 mile steady ride will begin at 10am, the six mile at 10.45am and the 1.8 ride to begin from 11am.
The rides will take place around campus and surrounding local areas, including the River Lune, and Lancaster city centre, along designated cycle tracks and road routes that will be marshalled by volunteers until approximately 2pm. Participants will ride in groups led by experienced guides from Lancaster University Cycling Club and all riders must adhere to the Highway Code, and wear a cycle helmet, and under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Visitor’s parking is available on campus in Alexandra Park. The ride will support St John’s Hospice through fundraising, and participants are encouraged to actively help raise sponsorship money. Anyone interested in participating must register via Eventbrite, which can be accessed through the official Roses Ride 2014 event Facebook page.
Roses 2014 will take place from Friday to Sunday of Week 2, with tickets for the Opening Ceremony now completely sold out. The ceremony will be accompanied by live music and performances, before the Mens first football teams kick off the tournament on Friday evening at the Roses stadium. The current score stands at York 25 – Lancaster 23, with one draw in 1974, and Lancaster hopes for a home victory during the 50th anniversary of both the University, and of the Roses tournament. For up to date information from SCAN, LA1:TV and Bailrigg FM, visit the Roses Live and tweet your support using #IAmLancaster.
LUSU are also looking for volunteers to help support registration, marshalling, and other important tasks key to the success of the day. Anyone looking to volunteer or simply for further information can email Kate Jackson (firstname.lastname@example.org).