Search for Chichester cycle routes a wheel success

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Winners have been announced of a competition to find people’s favourite cycle rides in the Chichester district.

Five routes suitable for riders of all abilities were selected to be turned into cycle leaflets for other cyclists to enjoy.

Two of the rides in the Midhurst area have been produced and are available to download or will be available to buy for 50p from local cycle shops and the district’s tourist information centres. The three remaining winning routes will be produced during the summer and autumn to create a total of nine cycle routes in the leisure series.

The competition was organised by the district council, and the winners are:

- John Andre, from Woolbeding, a member of Midhurst Area Cycling. His ride is a circular 16-mile route that meanders west along the lanes of the Rother Valley starting and finishing in Midhurst.

- Anne Connor, from Rogate. Anne’s ride is called the ‘Foot of the Downs’ route and starts and finishes in South Harting, passing through the villages of Treyford, Dumpford and Nyewood.

- Colin Chatfield, from Midhurst Area Cycling. His winning 15-mile ride to the east of Midhurst is suitable for adventurous cyclists who enjoy combining quiet country lanes with bridleways across varied terrain.

- Cllr Simon Oakley, who represents Tangmere on the council. His six-mile ride is ideal for families and is a circuit around Tangmere aerodrome and the villages of Aldingbourne and Oving.

- Alison Beckett, from Chichester Harbour Conservancy. Her 11-mile loop south of Chichester takes in country lanes to link elements of the Salterns Way and the Bill Way cycle routes.

“Entries were received from across the district and the winning routes are very different,” said a council spokesman.

“Some routes involve off-road bridleways and tracks while others meander gently through the district’s lanes.”

Cllr John Connor, council cabinet member for environment, said: “Well done to all our winners and a big thank you to everyone who submitted routes.”

The winners’ names are printed on each map. The winning routes were selected by a council judging panel which also included leaflet sponsor Summit Bikes of Selsey.

As well providing a map, the leaflets also include local facts and information about nearby attractions, such as places to eat, village shops, cycle shops and bike hire locations.

The council also has three established leaflets in the leisure series, featuring Centurion Way, Bill Way and the Itchenor Bosham Circular route. See www.chichester.gov.uk/cycling for more details.