Summer Festivals 2014: Edinburgh Festival of Cycling
Ten days of bike-themed rides, talks and challenges
Following an inaugural outing in 2013, the best fest on two wheels returns for ten days of bike-themed performances, workshops, rides, races, talks, challenges and assorted what-have-you. Among our favourite picks from the programme are Strictly Cycling, a choreographed Bicycle Ballet production featuring volunteers from the public; talks by amateurs-turned-long-distance adventure cyclists Naomi Johnson and Chris Oliver; and a pedal-powered promenade performance from Visible Fictions entitled The Spokesmen.
Our prize for quirkiest event of the programme goes to the ‘How Fast Can You Fold a Brompton Bicycle’ competition, in which five finalists (having completed a series of qualifying rounds) will compete to win the title of fastest folder at the fest. And that’s not even mentioning the plethora of organised rides exploring every corner of the capital’s cycling network, from Cramond to the Crags and beyond (those who feel up to the challenge can embark on a group cycle to St Andrews).
The festival aims to promote cycling as an activity for all ages and abilities, with numerous events and rides catering specifically for families and people with disabilities. The idea of cycling as an economically efficient way to travel is also supported, with many events free or by donation.
Various venues, Edinburgh, Thu 12–Sun 22 Jun.