It’s time to get in a spin for cycle event

IF you fancy a summer of wheeling around the countryside, seeing the sights and enjoying some fresh air, all the while keeping fit and getting a tan (we can dream), then Cycletta could be the challenge for you.

The first ever women-only cycling event on September 11 starts and ends at Whipsnade Zoo, and all the roads along the 40km route will be closed to traffic.

Great Britain's Victoria Pendleton during a training session ahead of the World Track Cycling Championships at the Ballerup Super Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 23, 2010. Photo credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire.

Great Britain's Victoria Pendleton during a training session ahead of the World Track Cycling Championships at the Ballerup Super Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 23, 2010. Photo credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire.

Experts including race ambassador and Olympic gold medallist Victoria Pendleton will be on hand to offer training tips to participants, and on the day there will be mechanical support crews, drinks and nutrition along the way, helmet hair remedy centres, goodie bags and much more.

Reporter Connie Primmer, from our sister paper The Luton News, has signed up to the event. She is attempting spinning classes to prepare for the big day.

For the uninitiated, spinning involves pedalling away on a stationary bike to the beat of blaring dance music, increasing the resistance to crippling levels, whilst a relentless instructor yells at you to go faster until you are either sick, fall off, or cry, depending on what kind of person you are.

You can find out more about the event and get training tips at www.cycletta.com

If you’ve already signed up let us know by calling Connie on 01582 798505.

Spectators and supporters on the day will receive a discounted entry into Whipsnade Zoo and ZSL is also offering prizes for those who raise more than £500 in sponsorship.