May Day Bank Holiday Monday morning and cyclists of all shapes, sizes, ability and ages gathered in the Market Square for the 6th annual Ride to Reach. It is organised by Cambridge Cycling Campaign to promote issues concerning the estimated 35,000 cyclists in Cambridge.
They all put their best pedal forward with encouraging words from Cambridge City Mayor Ian Nimmo-Smith ringing in their ears. The colourful flotilla of cyclists, which included the mayor, set off to cover the 14 miles to the village of Reach.
Reach hosts one of the oldest fairs in Britain. The annual event (originally celebrating the festival of Rogantide) has taken place for over 800 years since being granted its charter by King John in 1201.
Cambridge did not become a city until 1951 and the city coat of arms can be seen on the front of the Guildhall above the cyclists heads.