Ever Seen A Farmer On A Bike?


>Well you have now as four of them got on their bikes to launch an initiative to encourage visitors to this year’s Suffolk Show at Trinity Park, Ipswich, on May 27th and 28th to travel there on their bikes.

There will be a new and free cycle park at the main entrance on Felixstowe Road with storage racks where bikes can be locked up; from there it is just a short walk into the show. This has been organised with the team from Suffolk’s Year of Cycling who have prepared a series of cycling maps which are available online which have suggested routes from across the Ipswich area to Trinity Park.

Pictured (L-R) are deputy show director George Harris, senior steward for health and safety Mike Warner, show director Bill Baker, and Collecting Ring steward Nick Watts, together with Tanya Griffiths, elite cyclist, member of Velosure Starley Primal racing team and founder of the Women’s Eastern Racing League from Suffolk’s Year of Cycling.

Bill said: ”Suffolk is a wonderful county for cycling, thankfully relatively flat and full of the amazing sights and sounds of nature as you travel along, which fortunately we as farmers are close to most of the time. We want to encourage families to enjoy these, get active and visit the show on two wheels. I would be delighted if we almost ran out of space on this first venture!

“It’s also a great way to work up an appetite for some of the fantastic locally produced food that will be available at the Show. Remember to bring a good sized rucksack to transport it all home! We are grateful to the Suffolk Year of Cycling team not just for bringing this idea to us, but also for the displays about the elite cycle events visiting our county later this year, the cycle maintenance and advice workshops and help for cyclists which will all be found on the Suffolk Sport stand.”

“We are really excited by this new feature at the Show and Suffolk’s Year of Cycling,” said Colin Grogan, Sport, Health and Inclusion Development Manager for Suffolk County Council. “There are lots of ways people can get on their bikes and really involved. This way is free and we hope people will take advantage of the opportunity to beat the traffic both travel to the Show and during the year!

“At the Show visitors will be able to join the team’s workshops on bike maintenance, discover their nearest clubs, how to raise money for charity through cycling and embrace the sport in a way that suits them. Not everyone feels the need to be an elite cyclist, but Suffolk is a fantastic county to get out there enjoy the exercise and fresh air, “said Colin.

If you plan to cycle, which for many visitors to the show will be faster than sitting in the traffic queues for this ever-popular event, note that the show’s organisers accept no responsibility for lost or stolen bicycles.


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