And they’re off!


And they’re off! Cyclists from Gloucester Cathedral join launch of the Cathedrals Cycle Route

Cyclists from Gloucester Cathedral will be taking part in a nationwide relay ride on a new cycle route linking every Church of England cathedral! The route is launching on 30 May to coincide with the start of Bike Week, the annual celebration of cycling delivered by Cycling UK.

Team Gloucester will set off from Gloucester Cathedral on Thursday 1 July, taking the Cathedrals Cycle Network baton to not one but two Cathedrals - Hereford and Worcester. The baton has been specially commissioned for this relay event to launch the new 2,000-mile loop, which links all 42 English Cathedrals to promote greener travel and mental and physical wellbeing.

The first group of cyclists will set out from Newcastle Cathedral on Sunday 30 May and a group is expected to return to Newcastle 42 days later having cycled to every Church of England Cathedral. The start of the relay will coincide with The World’s Biggest Bike Ride, marking the opening day of Bike Week (30 May – 5 June 2021).

Team Gloucester includes members of Cathedral staff and volunteers, Diocesan staff and volunteers, congregation and community members involved in the Cathedral and wider parish.  The Team are passionate about raising awareness of cycling as a way to improve overall physical and mental health but also for the benefits to the planet that greener transport can bring.

Canon Andrew Braddock, who will be blessing the cyclists as they leave the Cathedral, said “The wellbeing benefits to people and planet of cycling are significant. We are delighted to be supporting this event and look forward to welcoming pilgrims and visitors following the launch of the Cathedrals Cycle Route”.

Gloucester, along with each of the Cathedrals involved, now has a dedicated Cycle Champion to improve the cycle-readiness of the building, ensure a warm welcome for visiting cyclists and increase the number that currently arrive on two wheels. Gloucester Cathedral’s Cycle Champion, Helen Jeffrey, is working with the Cathedral’s Green Team to promote cycling as a sustainable way to travel, contributing to the Cathedral’s goal to reduce carbon emissions, whilst also promoting sustainable and health living through improved physical and mental wellbeing.

The relay ride will raise money for Cycling UK’s Break the Cycle appeal, which aims to improve people’s wellbeing and tackle social isolation through the charity’s community cycling clubs, activities and projects nationwide.


Press/Media opportunity

Team Gloucester will leave Cathedral Green via the Cathedral’s main gates to College Street at 9.30am on Thursday 1 July. Press are welcome to attend. Please contact for interviews/photograph options.


More Information

Gloucester Cathedral

For more information about the events and activities we offer, including physical activity for wellbeing, visit our website For more information about our wider Community Engagement and Social Responsibility work including the Cathedrals Cycle Route and Cycle Champions contact:
Helen Jeffrey, Community Engagement and Social Responsibility Manager - 01452 229838


Cathedrals Cycle Route

The Cathedrals Cycle Route is a unique partnership between the Association of English Cathedrals, the British Pilgrimage Trust, Cycling UK and Sustrans

The Cathedrals Cycle Route is the invention of academic, entrepreneur and keen cyclist Shaun Cutler, from Northumbria University, and is designed to help us all out of lockdown with opportunities for short cycle rides between cathedrals, new partnerships and fundraising for activities to support physical and mental wellbeing. Contact Shaun Cutler via email


Cycling UK

(includes Break the Cycle and Bike Week)
For more information contact the Press and Media Team: Sam Jones, Communications and Media Manager -  07584 271 300

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