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Diss Cyclathon: Everything you need to know

PUBLISHED: 08:00 20 June 2018

A happy cyclist with their medal after completing the Diss Cyclathon 2017. Picture: Diss Cyclathon

A happy cyclist with their medal after completing the Diss Cyclathon 2017. Picture: Diss Cyclathon

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Chains are being oiled, tires pumped and the final training being carried out ahead of Diss’s biggest cycling fundraising event of the year and with less than one week to go here is everything you need to know about the Diss Cyclathon.

The Diss Cyclathon 2017. Picture: Diss CyclathonThe Diss Cyclathon 2017. Picture: Diss Cyclathon

What is Diss Cyclathon

Taking place on Sunday, June 24, Diss Cyclathon is a popular cycling event and family fun day for cyclists young and old. Returning to the town for the third time. Giving riders the opportunity to take part in family rides, of five, 10 or 15 miles or the more challenging Nine Town Sportive. The event offers different options for families, those who are new to the sport and experienced cyclists with miles of peddling under their belt.

Diss Cyclathon. Photo: Diss Town Council.Diss Cyclathon. Photo: Diss Town Council.

Is it a charity event?

Last year’s event raised £10,000 for charity, £6,700 of which was donated to the East Anglian Air Ambulance, with the remainder going towards local cycling clubs and community events in Diss. This year organisers are hoping to top this and raise even more for charity.

Where and when does it start?

Different routes start at different times, people taking part in the family rides will be able to set off from Fair Green anytime between 10am and midday.

Whilst cyclists entering the Nine Town Sportive will have staggered start times depending on the length of the route they are taking part in. The 100-mile will set off from Diss Park between 8am-9am, the 50-mile will depart between 9am and 9.30am followed by the 25-mile between 9.30 and 10am.

Is there still time to sign up and take part?

Yes - registration costs range from £5 for the family rides to £25 for the 100-mile Nine Town Sportive. You can sign up for both via the Pedal Revolution web site or pop into Madgett’s cycles in Diss. You’ll also be able to register on the day for an additional £5.

Where can I park?

Car parking is limited to a small amount of free parking on Fair Green. Competitors are being encouraged to ride into Diss rather than drive.

I’m not a cyclist is there anything for me to do?

Yes - from midday in Diss Park there will be lots of family friendly entertainment for cyclists and non-cyclists alike. There will be live music, food trucks serving everything from freshly made pizza to hog roast and fish fingers sandwiches. Children’s activities, bike trade stands and more.

I’m a competitor, where can I find out more?

For route information and organisers contact details on the day visit www.dissclyclathon.org.uk

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