Why should I come on the Blazing Saddles Performance Ride?
It’s a great opportunity to get out on your bike, explore the Redways network in a fun, sociable group, & enjoy a unique performance.
Is bike hire available?
Audience members can join the Ride using their own bikes or hire from Santander Bikes. The nearest dock is by the Premier inn on Willen Lake. An additional dock & bikes will be located nearby for the event. Register here: https://santandercyclesmk.co.uk Please note, riders are required to wear a helmet for the Performance Ride.
How fit & fast do I need to be?
You need to have a good level of cycling competency sufficient to be able to ride in a group on the ride. The route will be entirely on MK’s Redways routes, & is broken into short, manageable sections. It is generally fairly flat, with a long, uphill slope up to the Peace Pagoda, followed by a fairly steep downhill to the canal – we anticipate walking & pushing bikes up & down.
If you have not ridden for a very long time, we would recommend you meet & watch the performance at one or two of the locations. For example, start atthe One4Six Cafe on Willen Lake, then walk to the Stone Circle, the Tree Cathedral & back to Willen Lake for the finale.
Will I lose the group if I’m too slow?
No, the pace of the ride will be very relaxed. The group may split on junctions but the ride or ride leaders will wait & regroup at each stop.
Do I need to be an experienced rider?
We do recommend that you have basic experience of cycling eg are able to cycle with one hand whilst signalling. This is a sociable ride, a perfect opportunity if you are not a regular cyclist.
Would I be welcome if I’m not experienced riding in a group?
Yes, this is a sociable ride & will be a great experience
Do I need to do anything special with my bike?
The most important thing is that your bike is well maintained & roadworthy.
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What else should I bring?
We recommend you bring a spare inner tube & a pump. We aim to have a Dr Bike expert available for emergencies, but this is to be confirmed.
Please bring food &/or drink to join in with the picnic in the amazing Tree Cathedral, or money to buy something from the nearby David Lloyd Cafe.
Where are there toilets on the route?
Public toilets are available as follows:
One4Six Cafe, Willen Lake
Disabled toilet at the Splash n Play complex
David Lloyd Centre