News – Mildenhall Cycling Rally


The campsite at the forthcoming Mildenhall Cycling Rally is filling up fast! (Saturday 23rd – Monday 25th August)

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News – Mildenhall Cycling Rally

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The cycling festival will, as usual, take place over the August Bank Holiday weekend (Saturday 23rd – Monday 25th August 2014) at the Sheldrick Way site of Mildenhall College Academy, whose playing fields become a temporary campsite for nearly 400 caravan and camping pitches.

The organisers, Mildenhall Cycling Club, are encouraging anyone considering going to the event but who hasn’t yet booked their pitch to do so now. “Such is the popularity of this event, the campsite fills up before the Rally, so we would suggest anyone wanting to stay on the Rally site, to book early to avoid any disappointment.” said Mark Burchett, Chairman of the organising Club.

As well being able to download the booking forms from the site also provides online booking facilities making the whole process much easier and quicker. For those that prefer a bit more comfort, the Mildenhall Club will once again be providing their Accommodation List with details of local B&B’s, guest-houses, hotels and campsites.

The Rally isn’t expected to see any major changes to the tried and tested line-up of events over the three days, with the grass-track forming the centrepiece, with events everyday from 12 noon. Other competitive events will include a Madison Cyclo-Cross and especially for the under 17’s there will be the ever-popular Children’s Duathlon and for the under 16’s the Go-Ride Skilful Riding.

Although, as the popularity of cycling continues to grow, the Safer Neighbourhood Team of Suffolk Police in Mildenhall will have a presence at the Rally everyday. Part of that will include giving out free security advice and the secure marking of cycles, which will be completely free of charge and open to everyone, whether they’re staying at the Rally or local residents.

On the touring front, C.T.C. (Cyclists Touring Club) Suffolk will be organising 50, 100, 161, 200 and 300km Audax Rides on the Saturday. For those that want something more relaxing, Mildenhall Cycling Club will have their range of touring leaflets, offering a variety of scenery and varying distances.

Other attractions will include the ever-popular Cycle Jumble and Quiz Night’s. Like the camping, the Jumble sells out before the event and there are just two tables left.

The Mildenhall Cycling Rally attracts in excess of 5,000 people from across the UK who descend upon Mildenhall over the August Bank Holiday weekend, for what is widely regarded as one of the best events held in a safe environment for families.

“The trade stands at the Rally’s two-day Trade Show provide everybody, but especially local people, the opportunity to stock up on all those cycling spares, as well as look at replacement wheels to complete bikes and all at discounted prices on their doorstep” explained Mark Burchett. The Trade Show is open Sunday and Monday, with free entry.

Every day there will be the Children’s Sports, while on the Sunday and Monday there will be the bouncy castle and face painter, both free of charge. Additionally on the Sunday Adam Strange will be there with his Magic and Puppet Shows and on the Monday, there will be a circus skills-workshop and again, both are free of charge.

The Rally is a very popular event with aspiring riders that have then gone on to win National and International recognition. Riders such as Olympic champions Victoria Pendleton CBE and Nicole Cooke OBE who honed their bike handling skills on Mildenhall’s grass-track have now retired, whilst more recently Laura Trott, currently competing in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, was a regular at the Rally, until she shot to prominence at the last Commonwealth Games in India before taking the London Olympics by storm in 2012.

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