We've covered some of the UK’s best cycling festivals that welcome cyclists from all different abilities to meet new people, have a laugh, and get stuck in with their unique races and events.
From a Brompton folding bicycle challenge, to a 70 mile endurance road ride and a quirky seafront downhill MTB race, it’s safe to say that there’s more than enough to keep you satisfied. You can also expect plenty of entertainment off the bike too with pedal-powered cinemas, children’s cycling proficiency zones and live music to boot.
Here are our top pick of the best on offer this summer.
[part title="Edinburgh Festival of Cycling"]
12-22 June 2014, Edinburgh
Last year Edinburgh, the infamous city of festivals, saw the exciting launch of their newest entry, the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling. Expect to see arty attractions, from a Marco Pantani play reading to a pop up cinema, in the midst of 10 days of rides and races around the city.
The Lochs and Castle Cycling Tour (even the name itself sounds incredible) and the contest to see who can fold a Brompton bicycle up the quickest must not be missed.
There’s even a workshop for cyclists who would like to start practicing yoga. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, check out this: Yoga for cyclists, part 1: The Core. And if you’re new to cycling, pop into one of their bike mechanic workshops or immerse yourself in a leisure ride around the city’s traffic-free paths.
[part title="Eastbourne Cycling Festival"]
13 June 2014, Eastbourne
Now in its fourth year, the Eastbourne Cycling Festival has a lot to offer for passionate cyclists in all areas of the sport.
Featuring a road race on a closed road circuit, Penny Farthing races, an urban cyclo-cross and an off-road charity mountain bike ride, there’s plenty for you and your party to choose from. Revitalise yourself at the Cosmic Caravan (which is where the grub’s at) and finish the day of nicely at their 360 Degrees Brewery.
And if you’re wanting to take your little ones with you then head to the heart of the festival’s village where you will find a variety of entertaining family-friendly events, including a skills course hosted by British Cycling Go-Ride which will be helping to teach kids how to handle their bike.
3-6 July 2014, Kilnsey, Yorkshire Dales
Velofest is probably one of the best places to watch the 2014 Yorkshire Grand Depart, situated beside stage 1 of the route. And whether you’re bopping away to a live band, taking a pop up spinning class, or guided cycle tour, the treat at the end of each day is their outdoor cinema screening.
With a large variety of trade stands to explore, including Evans Cycles and Cyclemiles. So if you’re looking to treat yourself there will be all types of accessories and bike parts available to purchase.
[part title="Dare2b Yorkshire Festival of Cycling"]
4-6 July 2014, Harewood House, Yorkshire
Kicking off the ceremonial start to the Tour de France, the Dare 2b Yorkshire Festival of Cycling is an event anyone with an interest in cycling should attend.
Whether you bring your own bike or chose to hire from the festival, from day one you can get involved in an array of cycling events including an off-trail ride which lets you roam free and explore the beautiful grounds of Harewood House.
With professional track and road racing cyclist Lizzie Armtstead, Olympic triathlete Alistair Brownlee and professional duathlete and triathlete Jonathan Brownlee on board as event ambassadors, the event is bound to impress everyone that attends.
Make sure you check out The Handlebars, who will be performing iconic Shakespeare plays whilst on their saddles!
[part title="Bristol Cycle Festival"]
5-13 July 2014, Bristol
Spend an afternoon in a cycle-in cinema, attend a bicycle ballet and squeeze in watching some coverage of the Tour de France whilst sipping a coffee in a quaint community bike café in the heart of Bristol. If this sounds perfect to you, then you must head to the Bristol Cycle Festival.
If you have cycled or even just walked around Bristol before you will know how strenuous their many steep hills are to climb. And if you’re up for the challenge you can join other brave cyclists in the Dundry Drubber race, described by the festival as being “Short on distance, but high on pain".
With many interesting attractions on offer, their vintage velo ride (a spin on the London Tweed Run), speed dating on bicycles and cycling around the beautiful Blaise Castle must not be missed!
[part title="The Brompton Cycling Festival"]
26-27th July, Goodwood Moto Circuit, Chichester
The Brompton Cycling Festvial provides fun for all the family and welcomes all types of cyclists, from all abilities to join in with their mega weekend of Brompton madness!
The must watch main event will include a Brompton fold up challenge, followed by a 15km race around the Goodwood Moto Circuit, which saw over 800 riders take part in last year. Other races to look out for include the Brompton Meander and Brompton Sprint.
Expect picnic and kids activities areas for the little ones, bling bike events and BMX displays to keep everyone on their toes.
[part title="Isle of Wight Cycling Festival"]
13-28 September 2014, Isle of Wight
The Isle of Wight may is the perfect location for a cycling festival, with over half the island designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
After entering the ‘Hills Killer’ mountain bike orienteering endurance challenge or 70 mile endurance road ride race at the Isle of Wight Cycling Festival, you can jump off the bike and spend the afternoon scoffing popcorn in their pedal powered cycling cinema.
And if you're up for the test, you and your party can enter the Wightlink Wight Challenge, a 19 mile MTB ride, followed by a two mile open canoe race and ending on an eight mile running challenge.
Does that sound like enough to keep you on your toes? With over 60 rides varying in pace and difficulty in the programme, you will be spoilt for choice.
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