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More than 1,000 flock to Guildford cycling event

A demonstration of bike skills at the Guildford Cycle Festival that attracted more than 1,000 people. Click image to download

More than 1,000 people flocked to an event staged to capitalise on the cycling fever sweeping Surrey.

That was double the number expected to turn out for the Guildford Cycle Festival, which was organised to encourage more people to cycle.

The family-friendly event at Stoke Park included stunt demonstrations, expert advice on safety and maintenance and exhibits from cycling groups and shops. There were also free guided Sky Rides through Guildford among other activities.

It forms part of Surrey County Council’s Travel SMART initiative which aims to make it quicker and easier for people to get around in Surrey. The council is also running a cycle safety campaign with Surrey Police called Cycle SMART.

The impressive turnout comes as Britain’s first Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins prepares to ride on Surrey’s roads again after grabbing gold in the Olympic time trial.

He will be joined by British world champion Mark Cavendish in Team Sky’s bid to claim Tour of Britain victory in Surrey.

The final stage of the tour will take place in Surrey on September 16, starting in Reigate and winding through 90 miles of the county’s roads before finishing on the cobbled Guildford High Street.

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