Bears on Bikes will be a highlight of Bournemouth’s Wheels Festival

Bournemouth Echo: Giles Crist and Rob Benepal from Bournemouth Round Table with four-year-old Annabelle Corbett and a bear on a bike! Giles Crist and Rob Benepal from Bournemouth Round Table with four-year-old Annabelle Corbett and a bear on a bike!

ORGANISERS of the Bournemouth Wheels Festival are hoping to set an unusual record at the event in May.

As part of the Wheels Night Ride on the evening of the final day of the three-day festival, Monday, May 26, thousands of ‘Bears on Bikes’ will be setting off from Boscombe Pier, the Daily Echo can reveal today.

Starting at around 6pm, they will head for Bournemouth town centre to complete a circuit on closed-off roads for the Bears on Bikes community ride, with the aim of making it the most ever seen.

The Bournemouth Wheels Festival is working with Bournemouth Round Table to raise money for the Round Table Children’s Wish charity, which grants wishes to young people with life-threatening illnesses.

Mark Smith, Bournemouth’s director of tourism, said: “This fun and unique event is open to everyone from cycling groups to families, locals and those who have travelled from across the country.

“All you have to do is attach a bear to your bike – or even dress up as one – and register through Round Table Children’s Wish to take part and help make a child’s dream come true.”

Rob Benepal, vice president of Bournemouth Round Table, added: “Bournemouth Round Table is thrilled to be part of the groundbreaking Wheels Festival and look forward to setting a new record with the BoB event. We’re encouraging Round Table members worldwide to get involved by raising sponsorship and supporting Round Table Children’s Wish.”

Bears on Bikes will be the start of the Wheels Night Ride, an evening of entertainment for families.

The community event will feature a fast-paced racing circuit, nightglow spectacular and fireworks to end the evening with a bang.

Register by visiting www.rtcw.org.

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6:10am Mon 24 Feb 14

Bournemouth100 says...

Let's hope this record attempt goes better than the firework record attempt a few years ago!
Let's hope this record attempt goes better than the firework record attempt a few years ago! Bournemouth100
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11:27am Mon 24 Feb 14

Packersfan says...

Unless it is my problem the link doesn't work!
Unless it is my problem the link doesn't work! Packersfan
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10:32pm Mon 24 Feb 14

sprintervanman says...

Nice to see a news section that mentions cycles and closed roads that has not as yet been shouted down by the anti-cycle mob.I've got my wee bear all I need to do now is get a bike.Count me in on this one and lets raise some cash for the kids.
Nice to see a news section that mentions cycles and closed roads that has not as yet been shouted down by the anti-cycle mob.I've got my wee bear all I need to do now is get a bike.Count me in on this one and lets raise some cash for the kids. sprintervanman
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