Ripon Cycles To The Moon
The Ripon Cycles to the Moon project was my first major involvement with Ripon Together & came about following a community meeting in March 2019.
It was during this meeting that the 50th anniversary of the moon landings & the imminent arrival of the UCI Road World Championships somehow became merged. Following a bizarre but constructive discussion, an idea quickly formed to encourage Ripon's residents to attempt to run, walk, cycle or wheel the distance to the moon and back with the grand mileage total to be announced at the end of the World Championships in September.
So began a summer of unique events.
The Dean of Ripon, the Very Reverend John Dobson & Group Captain Blythe Crawford, acting base commander of RAF Leeming formally launched the Ripon Cycles to the Moon initiative at an exclusive reception held at Ripon Cathedral.
One of my own intiatives for the summer was to host a Ripon & cycling themed photography exhibition in Ripon Cathedral to showcase & celebrate the work of Ripon's local photographers.
Working in collaboration with Ripon Cathedral & Ripon Together, I approached as many local photographers I could to ask them in person to display their work & also utilised social media to encourage people to submit their entries.
The exhibition was a huge success with multiple prints sold and hundreds of miles racked up on the in situ excercise bike.
The first of the public events was officially opened by serving mayor of Ripon, Eamon Parkin on Saturday 29th June 2019.
The event proved to be popular with the Ripon Community bringing their own bikes for a free health check & racking up countless miles on three Watt bikes loaned to Ripon Together by a local gym.
The final Ripon Together event of the summer was held on Wednesday 18th September and involved year 6 pupils from all of Ripon's Primary Schools battling each other on Watt Bikes.
The event proved to be very competitive & was topped off with a cycle stunt show by a world famous award winning cycle stunt team.
(Faces blurred in interests of safeguarding)
To make it easier for the general public to get involved, I designed and printed 4000 trifold leaflets to provide information as to how people could log their mileage, get involved with events or volunteer themselves or their organisation.
It quickly became apparent, however that there were not enough leaflets and so with no budget left to print more, I was tasked with creating downloadable user guides containing step by step instructions to help people log their mileage.
Over the course of the summer, there were over 11,500 downloads of the leaflet and resources from the hosting website.
With a large final push, helped by the arrival of the UCI Road World Championships, the Dean Of Ripon announced Ripon's 'arrival' on the moon on the final Saturday of the week long event.
The only problem was there was no way to get back!
Cue 2020's initiative.