BikeRadar Live: Scenic family rides for all

Marshalled routes for families in the splendour of Donington

What better way to explore the beautiful countryside surrounding DoningtonPark than to join us on one of our family rides?

The choice of two distances – 30 mile and 8 mile – should suit both the beginner and more experienced riders alike, and led by the Derby Group of Sustrans Volunteer Rangers, will use parts of the National Cycle Network Route 6 – a converted railway path – which runs close by DoningtonPark.

The 8 mile short ride takes riders over to the market town of Melbourne passing by Melbourne Hall, once the home of Lord Melbourne, who was Prime Minister in the 1830s. For riders who need refuelling there’ll be a stop at the café next to the Melbourne pool.

The long ride will take riders on the reclaimed railway path across the River Trent, alongside the Trent and Mersey Canal and into the outskirts of the City of Derby, where you’ll then ride alongside the River Derwent, stopping for a break at the Gothic style Elvaston Castle, one time home of the Earl of Harrington.

Riders will then return to Melbourne Hall, Melbourne Pool, through the grounds of Calke Abbey, Staunton Harold and Worthington village, before returning to DoningtonPark by way of Route 6 of the National Cycle Network.

It’s going to be a perfect chance to ride through beautiful countryside, on a mostly traffic-free route in the company of experienced Sustrans Rangers.

Depart times

8 miles: Saturday 11am, 3pm and 4:30pm; Sunday 10am, 12pm and 2pm

30 miles: Saturday 2pm; Sunday 9am and 12pm

About BikeRadar Live

BikeRadar Live is the biggest ever mass-participation cycling event to hit the UK, and will take place on the weekend of 30–31 May 2009 at DoningtonPark in Leicestershire.

The weekend will be packed full of races and challenges, with something for everyone, whether you want to compete, watch your friends and family or just check out some of the world’s best riders.

Entry into any of the events gives you full access to the festival’s many attractions including spectacular all-weather stunt displays, invitational dirt jump and dual slalom comps, a cycling film festival, live big top entertainment and the Scott Sunset DJ Sessions. Test yourself against pro and celebrity riders in the Procycling Hot Laps, post a time in the Wattbike comp or take the kids along to the Islabikes Children's Skills School. A purpose-built bikes and accessories expo will give festival-goers the chance to ride the latest bikes from leading brands and grab show-only deals on bikes and accessories.

Events include the Cycling PlusSportive in association with the Geoff Thomas Foundation (100km and 100 mile), Whyte Night night-time enduros (12hr and 4hr), MBUK Eliminator dual-slalom and the Devil Takes the Hindmost circuit race. Click here to sign up.

BikeRadar Live’s world-class facilities include on-site camping with a kids and family area, secure bike lock-up, showers, bike wash, workshop, picnic area, medical centre, viewing stands and food and drink market.

BikeRadar Live is brought to you by Future, the makers of Mountain Biking UK, Cycling Plus, BikeRadar.com, What Mountain Bike, Cyclingnews.com and Procycling. For more details, go to the BikeRadar Live website.

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