SEASONED cyclists, families and friends have been invited to join a cycling challenge around Cirencester Park next month. 

This year's Bathurst Gravel event is providing residents with opportunity to ride their bikes through the historic grounds of the Grade one listed parkland, which is usually a bike-free zone, between 10am and 4pm on Saturday, May 11. 

Attendees will cycle around a 12km traffic free mainly gravel route and can complete as many laps as they like during the course of the day. 

Cirencester's twin town, the City of Bathurst in Australia, will also be running a similar event on the same day on the other side of the world.

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Seasoned cyclists, young families and friends are invited to the very first Bathurst Gravel event in Cirencester Park Seasoned cyclists, young families and friends are invited to the very first Bathurst Gravel event in Cirencester Park (Image: Bathurst Gravel)

This event has been inspired by the Cirencester Bathurst Friendship Initiative, which was set up to create opportunities and connections between the two regions through education, commerce, sport, the arts and tourism.

Lord Bathurst said: ‘’I’m pleased that the Bathurst Estate can provide access to Cirencester Park to ride bicycles for this exciting one-day event alongside our friends in Australia.’’ 

Riders can cycle leisurely or set themselves targets to raise money for charities close to their hearts.

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: The route The route (Image: Bathurst Gravel)

Tickets cost £12.50 per person or £25 for a family and are available on

Andy Kirk, local event organiser of Velo Events, said: "Join us on a spring day for an exclusive opportunity to cycle a purpose designed dedicated seven mile route based within the grounds of the Bathurst Estate. 

"The Bathurst Gravel event not only gives existing riders a challenge but also new riders and families the perfect opportunity to enjoy a day of safe riding on a mainly gravel, traffic free circuit.’’

There will also be an event village for spectators to look around which will be offering refreshments, bike services and cycling information. 

Simon King, international lead for the Bathurst Cycling Festival, said: "We are indebted to all our partners and supporters in setting up this new event; so, come along and set yourself a challenge and raise money for our local charities Cirencester Housing for Young People, The Churn Project and The Cirencester Bathurst Friendship Initiative to make it an even more special day out.’’