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Why is cheese like a bicycle? Believe it or not, this is not one of the Mad Hatter's riddles. There is in fact a very good - if somewhat bizarre - answer.

Legend has is that the first bicycle was invented in Seething. There is a folk tale that claims that large cheeses used to rolled great distance. This was very hard work, so one day, two brothers came up with the idea to join to cheese wheels together using breadsticks for the axle and crossbar. They then rode the cheese across the countryside, making transportation much easier. The brothers then went on to manufacture mechanical version in the town of Seething.

The slightly more accurate, if somewhat boring, explanation of Seethings history with cycling is that a man called John Keen set up a bicycle manufacturing company in Surbiton during the 1870s. Which ever story you prefer to go by, it has paved the way for The Seething Trycyclingathon on the 15th September.

It is the chance for everyone to get on their bikes, enjoy fresh air, and get some exercise. There are three different routes to choose from, depending on what kind of ride you want. Experienced riders will set off at 10am for a forty-four miles ride through beautiful countryside, and part of the Olympic cycling route. If you want to spend the day with the family, then the Family Ride will start at 11.30am, and take you on a ten mile trip along the river.

Then for those of you who have a slightly eccentric style, you can choose the Vintage ride, which begins at 11.45am. Cycle on a vintage bike in period clothing on a five mile route that takes you around key areas of historical interest,

Everyone will meet back at Claremont Garden between 1pm-1.15pm for celebrations. Although the event is free, you need to register by emailing You also have the choice of getting sponsorship if you want to.
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Why? Fun for families
When: 15th Sept, 10am onwards
Where: Claremont Gardens
Cost: Free, but you can get sponsorship
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