First chance to Bike Blenheim Palace

New event mixes cycle racing and socialising

On Sunday September 28 BlenheimPalace, in conjunction with British Cycling, is opening up its 2,100 acres of stunning parkland to cycling for the first time.

Set in the heart of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds just eight miles from the city of Oxford, the event will have a competitive element as well as being designed to offer a great family day out. Proceedings will kick off with a 20km Time Trial which is open to seasoned riders and first timers alike.  The focus then turns to an Elite level race organised by British Cycling. 

Thereafter the day becomes more family-oriented with cycle access around the beautiful Blenheim Estate being made available to the general public for the first time in its history.  It's a rare opportunity to enjoy the challenge of one of three planned routes of varying distances which take in some of the spectacular landscaped parkland that has helped BlenheimPalace achieve its World Heritage status.

The Brompton World Championships will also be held on the day, taking place in Britain for the first time.  The inaugural competition took place in 2006, in Barcelona, and this year up to 1,000 competitors, from all over the world will race around the Queens Pool in their jackets and ties in this competitive cycling challenge that doesn't take itself too seriously.

The day will be based around an event village from where all the cycling routes will start and finish and where food and drink vendors as well other stalls and exhibitors will be based. An arena area will have displays of vintage bikes, unicycling, bike polo, a mountain bike stunt team, and cycle skills for children.

As well as the two-wheeled fun the event this offers the perfect opportunity to visit the unique Palace, the exciting visitor experience ‘BlenheimPalace: The Untold Story’ and stunning FormalGardens.

To find our more visit the event website or call the operations department on 01993 811 091.

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