Cyclists came from all over Dorset and there were also groups from the New Forest, Salisbury and even one person from Surrey. All age groups were represented with 10% of the attendees being under 16 and 45% over 50.
A wide variety of bikes were on show on the day: high specification road racing bikes, shared the circuit with hand propelled bikes, E bikes, mountain bikes, tandems, cruiser bikes, bikes with stabilisers and children’s balance bikes; demonstrating the wide appeal of the venue for people wanting a safe, traffic free place to ride.
The organiser, Carol Tilley who is Managing Partner of the Blandford GP Practices, said ‘The response today has been amazing. It really shows the potential of this site to be a major asset for local people who want to get out in the fresh air, to walk, run and cycle; whether their aim is to improve their health, have fun or for competition. Improving the surface will make the site more accessible to people with disabilities and it was great to see people with physical impairments coming to support us here today. We also really value the historic significance of the site and many here on the 8th June have family stories that link to the D Day history of the site.
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