August 9, 2012, by Harry Waddle

Get on your bike for a good cause

For many the weekend signifies freedom; the opportunity to do what you want when you want. The promise of a well-deserved lie-in, your favourite TV talent show and a Sunday roast is reward for the early starts and late finishes that have made up your working week.

But despite the promise of what these two magical days could entail, we often stay in bed too long, fill our time with those overdue chores and, on the most disastrous of weekends, only tune in in-time to see two loveable Geordies wrapping up our favourite TV treat.

To ensure that Sunday evening is not accompanied by the resultant feeling of an opportunity wasted, the University is giving you the chance to get some exercise in the fresh air, while raising money for a good cause. Whatever your fitness level, there’s something for you.

On Sunday 2 September three community events will take place to mark Nottingham Life Cycle 2 – a 1,100 mile bike ride being completed by 12 intrepid members of University of Nottingham staff.

Whether you’re an avid cyclist, been inspired by the exploits of our gold medal winning Olympians or are looking for something to do with the family, there is something for you:

Nottingham Leg Ride: cycling enthusiasts can join the Vice-Chancellor and his team as they cycle the 50 miles between Lincoln and Nottingham. Transport to Lincoln is available. Entry to the ride is FREE and riders are encouraged to set a fundraising target of £250.

Community Life Cycle: there is a shorter family-friendly route within Nottingham for less experienced cyclists and young riders. The mainly off-road route along the Big Track starts and ends at University Park. Entry to the ride is FREE and riders are encouraged to set a fundraising target of £50.

Lakeside Loop: for those who prefer to keep their feet on the ground there will be a route around Highfields Lake, which can be enjoyed at any pace. Suitable for all ages and levels of fitness; entry is FREE and entrants are encouraged to raise £25 in fundraising.

After the events, participants and their guests are invited to the free post-event celebrations, including:

  • barbecue
  • steel drum band to provide that Caribbean feeling
  • Wattbike challenges to see how much power you can generate
  • face-painting
  • free bike maintenance
  • pedal-powered smoothies and ice-creams with Pulp Friction
  • mural painting

You can also support Nottingham Life Cycle 2 on the day by taking part in the raffle. Fantastic prizes are up for grabs from a Giant Bicycle goody bag worth over £100, to a Paul Smith Jeans Messenger bag, as well as meals at The Living Room, Loch Fyne and World Service.

All of the money raised will go to Nottingham Potential, a University initiative designed to widen access to higher education among young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Find out more at, follow the team on Twitter or download a sponsorship form here.

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