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Cycling festival is a tour de force!

Broughton Castle cycling festival. Pictured, Graham Morris, Chris Clayton, Gary Hawtin and Jordan Crouch show off their medals NNL-140714-100816009

Broughton Castle cycling festival. Pictured, Graham Morris, Chris Clayton, Gary Hawtin and Jordan Crouch show off their medals NNL-140714-100816009

The cycling craze hit Banbury at the weekend with the second annual Broughton Castle Cycling Festival bringing out the crowds.

Cyclists powered their way around 36-mile and 72-mile Cotswold routes in the event organised by the Rotary Club of Banbury Cherwell in collaboration with Banbury Star Cyclists Club to raise funds for Style Acre – a charity for people with learning disabilities.

Families took on a more sedate five-mile route which included a quiz.

The castle grounds were abuzz with charity stalls and family games and Jake the stilt-walker who entertained children with his juggling skills.

Town Mayor Sean Woodock set the first cyclists off at 7.50am. Organiser Tony Carney said the event was a huge success with 100 families taking part in the family route and 400 cyclists taking part overall.

He said: “We were delighted with the response.

“We’ve had lots of complimentary comments with people saying they enjoyed it.”

The festival was sponsored by local firms including Norbar, the Hawkins Group, Prodrive and Banbury Charities.

Mr Carney added: “I would just like to thank everyone who helped organise it and turned up, as well as the cyclists who took part.”

He said the event is set to become a key annual fixture in the Banbury calendar with plans for the third festival already underway.

 

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