Cycling, camping, bike expos, food stalls, and live entertainment? Cycling festivals combine a wide range of activities to provide visitors with a wealth of entertainment to keep them busy.
[related_articles]There's something for everybody - with most events incorporating sportives, mountain bike rides, children's entertainment and often pro races or criteriums to feast your senses on.
Check out these festivals - most of them are merely weeks away, so book up quickly!
From 2 - 4 May, the coastal town of Holkham in Norfolk will be taken over by cyclists. The festival, hosted in the 25,000-acre, 17th century Holkham Estate, has something for everyone. There are daily sportives - from 20 to 100 miles, off road and BMX courses, as well as a time-trial, and a traffic free loop of the park.
There will be plenty of food stalls (you'll need to top up your energy levels!) and tons of great bikes on show at the exhibitor stands. Check out everything that's on offer here.
Aber Cycle Festival
The Aberystwyth Cycle Festival will bring downhill mountain biking, sportiving, and pro-racing to Mid-Wales from 21 to 24 May.
Over the weekend there's a 'Welsh Wild West Sportive' (will Will Smith be setting the riders off?!), the chance to watch a round of the Tour Series and see some amazing downhillers in action as they race the 'Conquer the Cliff' event.
Other activities will take place in the week leading up to the main event, and include a film night at the library, and Roller Racing - here's the full line up:
- Monday 18th May - MTB evening ride with Summit Cycles at Nant yr Arian (6.30pm)
- Tuesday 19th May - Cycling night with Roller Racing at MG's cafe with special guest
- Wednesday 20th May - 10 mile Time Trial with Ystwyth Cycling Club (6.30pm Cwmrheidol Butterfly House Car Park SY23 3NB)
- Thursday 21st May - Film night & talk at the National Library of Wales Drwm 6.30pm. 'Battle of the Bikes (Boardman vs Obree Hour Records - 1993)' & Manpower (Milk Race - 1982)'
- Friday 22nd May - Pearl Izumi Tour Series Criteriums & local support races
- Saturday 23rd May - Conquer the Cliff Downhill Race at Constitution Hill
- Sunday 24th May - Continental Welsh Wild West Sportive
Read up on the finer details here.
Eastbourne Cycling Festival
Taking place in the seaside Sussex town, the festival on 13 & 14 June includes a sportive organised by the local bike shop, The Tri Store, closed road circuit races, a more novel Penny Farthing race, urban and beach cyclo-cross events, as well as school relays and a MTB race.
Edinburgh Festival of Cycling
Edinburgh goes the distance with this festival, that runs from 11-21 June.
Designed to demonstrate that cycling is for EVERYONE, there are all sorts of events - from sporty rides, to tours of the historical city by bike, to cultural plays (and dances - such as the bike ballet, pictured).
There are off-road adventures, kids activities, a very special Women's Forum meeting, and a 'commuter challenge' where cyclists can race cars, trains and buses. Basically -there is everything fun - check out the calendar here.
Tuscany's L'Eroica is the original vintage cycling festival - it's a celebration of vintage bikes and style that draws in riders from far and wide. Last year, Eroica Britannia was launched, giving Brits the chance to enjoy the celebrations without the travel.
The three day festival from 19-21 June consists of a mass ride - with 30, 50 and 100 mile route options - the catch being that you must enter into the spirit and ride on a pre 1987 bike, in traditional vintage clothing.
Guests will also be able to enjoy sporting lawns, plenty of nibbles, and a traditional British Bazaar as well as live music - find out more here.
Staffordshire Cyling Festival
The 2015 Staffordshire Cycling Festival takes place on the 3rd and 4th July and hosts the Stafford GP which forms part of the British Cycling Elite Circuit Series.
This festival, running over 3-4 July, begins in the town centre with a children's Strider Bike activity, a £0 Free Ride for the public, and the exciting Stafford GP race.
Over the weekend, the festival moves to the grounds of Shugborough for two sportives, a mountain bike race, Women's Grand Prix (which forms part of the British Cycling Women's Road Series), and a professional closed circuit race.
Check out all the details here...
The Chiltern Cycling Festival
For 2015, the Chiltern Cycling Festival, once one event, has been split into two.
On July 12 there will be 30, 60 and 100 mile sportives over the beautifully hilly Chilterns, a hill climb event, as well as 30 and 65 mile MTB routes - both with the option to go vintage in bike and dress.
There will also be a Family Fun ride, and a 'Vintage Concors D'elegance' for those who want a sunny family ride with friends, plus vintage stalls, a bike expo and farmers market.
On 31st August, the events really go back in time, with the Chenies Velo Classique, where the road events will swoop over retro inspired Chalk Roads and the MTB riders will tackle a course designed specifically for the bikes of the 1980s and 1990s - check out all the info here.
Isle of Wight Cycling Festival
This is a full-on celebration of cycling that takes place through September, starting on the 5th and finishing on the 27th.
The complete program is yet to be announced, but events have previously included a 'Hills Killer' sportive, the 'Chevy Chase' off-road adventure challenge, and 'Cycle the Wight' 70 and 50 mile routes.
Find out more about the event here.