It seems as though everyone in Britain has gone cycling crazy after a British cyclist stormed to victory in the world’s most famous bike race, the Tour de France, for the second year in a row.
On Sunday Chris Froome won the iconic race after Sir Bradley Wiggins pedalled his way to victory in 2012, setting the country alight with Wiggo mania and prompting people up and down the country to look in their garages and dust off their trusty Raleighs.
Keeping up the theme of cycling and France, Kettering mayor Keli Watts managed to persuade 30 keen and not-so keen cyclists to “beat the bounds” by bicycle on July 14, France’s national day, Bastille Day.
The route, designed by Max Scott of the local Cyclists Touring Club, covered 47 miles around Kettering’s borough boundaries, not sparing the riders from any hills but taking in two tea and cake stops, and ending with a welcome pint at The Star Inn in Geddington.
Matthew Wrigglesworth, 14, took part in the ride with his aunt and uncle, who live in Kettering.
He said: “I loved it, the weather was a bit hot at the end, but I enjoyed stopping at the village halls and eating chocolate biscuits, and it was a lovely route. I hope the next mayor runs it again next year.”
The event raised more than £300 for the mayoral charities.
There will be no escape for criminals in Wellingborough after the town centre McDonald’s sponsored a new mountain bike for PCSO Chris Asante-Ampaduh. And staff from various Marks & Spencer stores took part in a 24-hour charity cycle ride at Rockingham Speedway.
Taking on a rather longer challenge was the new chairman of Thrapston and Raunds Rotary Club Alan Dodds, who has cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats for charity.
Other charity cycle events included staff from Westlands Care Home in Wellingborough who raised money for the Alzheimer’s Society, and Kerry Ashworth and Sharon McHarg, the mother and aunt of Corby soldier James Ashworth VC, who had a cyclethon in Asda, Corby, in preparation for a charity ride from London to Belgium in September.
Meanwhile, daredevil cyclists rode the Wall of Death as part of a Ministry of Bikes event held outside The Cube in Corby.