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Staff and student cycling event will highlight Ningbo's beautiful countryside


Staff and students at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) – as well as their friends and relatives - are being encouraged to get on their bikes for an event highlighting the beauty of Ningbo’s countryside. 

Matt Wallwork, Course Tutor in English for Academic Purposes in the University’s Centre for English Language Education (CELE) has organised a fun, non-competitive cycle ride on Saturday 23 November.

Suitable for all ages and abilities, the 40-kilometre route will skirt the edge of Henxi Reservoir, an area of outstanding natural beauty south of the University that features breath-taking views of bamboo forests and tea plantations, before heading home along the same route.

Up to 200 people are expected for the ride, which aims to encourage more people to get on their bikes and experience some of the excellent cycling routes Ningbo has to offer.

Participants will need to pay a 40RMB entry fee, which covers the cost of insurance, first aid team, and support vehicle. Those interested in taking part can register at a stall on the University High Street this weekend (16-17 November). The route will be fully marshalled and first aid will be available, although people are encouraged to bring their own refreshments.

The event, which has been organised in collaboration with local cycling club Ningbo IS Ming, is the first of a series of events Matt has planned to promote the benefits of cycling. He’s also keen to set up a UNNC cycling club for staff and students.

Matt, who has been in Ningbo for eight months and is a keen cyclist, said: “Since I’ve been living in Ningbo, I’ve discovered that one of the best ways of exploring the city’s amazing natural surroundings is by bike.

“Just a few kilometres south of UNNC, there are beautiful mountains covered in bamboo forests, which very few people manage to see. I want to encourage people, through this event and others planned, to get on their bikes and experience these hidden sides of Ningbo.

“The event will be non-competitive, open to people of all ages and abilities to have fun, meet new people and get some exercise among beautiful countryside.”

The event starts at the University Auditorium at 9am on Saturday 23 November (meeting at 8:30am) and will take roughly five hours (including an hour break before riding back) to complete. For more information, including a route map, please visit the event’s Tumblr page.

More press information about UNNC is available from Tess Humphrys, communications and marketing officer, UNNC, on +86 574 8818 0940.

Posted on 15 November 2013