Cycling festivals in the UK to visit after the Tour De France
Get on your bike and check out these cycling festivals for families, riders and racers
‘I want to ride my bicycle. I want to ride my bike. I want to ride my bicycle. I want to ride it where I like’ – Freddie Mercury loved the freedom of two wheels, and so can you, at these cycling festivals across the UK.
Scarborough Festival of Cycling
A weekend of events to suit a wide spectrum of cyclists. Let your competitive side out with closed circuit road and grass track racing, join the BMX MTB jam at the skatepark, or challenge your endurance on the Sportive D’Scarborough, with a choice between two routes of 30 miles or 50–60 miles across the rolling Yorkshire Wolds. Those wanting to relive the glory of the Tour de Yorkshire can join the Family Breakfast Cycle Ride.
Sat 22–Sun 23 Aug
Big Bike Bash
A bank holiday weekend of bikes, bands and beer the New Forest. Cycling events include cross country racing for adults and children, a night race, children’s challenge and a drag race. Parents who cycle the school run can show off in the Trailer Bike Challenge – but no swapping children for weight advantage. There are also some more niche competitions you won’t catch the likes of Bradley Wiggins practising, including bike limbo, bunny hop and a wheelie competition. The festival ends with the lake jump, described as ‘you, a bike, a ramp and a lake.’ Best bring a towel.
Fri 28–Mon 31 Aug
Isle of Wight Cycling Festival
Three weeks of countryside cycling, celebrating the Isle’s 200 miles plus of cycle tracks and trails. The festival includes a broad range of cycles, from challenging routes over hilly trails to relaxed pedals along the seaside. There’s an adventure triathlon, coaching courses, an outdoor cinema run using pedal power and family rides with stops to see farm animals and eat ice cream. Those looking to log big distances can join the 100 Here challenge – a choice of a 100 kilometre or 100 mile route. Before you start bragging, the 100 There challenge sees a group of local firefighters cycle from the Isle of Wight to Monaco and back.
Sat 5–Sun 27 Sep
Kent Cycling Festival
A new one-day festival for 2015, offering on-road and off-road challenges. Cycle the roads on 50 or 65 mile routes, or take to the trail with a 26 or 40 mile adventure through the Kent countryside.
Sun 15 Sep
Angus Cycling Festival
Two months of events across Angus, culminating in a weekend festival in Forfar. There’s the Monikie Triathlon, toddler balance bike sessions and guided mountain bike rides. At the festival serious competition gets underway, with round six of the SXC Scottish Cross Country Championship. There’s also a chance to try MTB Enduro at the Forfar Funduro, road rides and competitions for best trick and highest jump.
Sat 26–Sun 27 Sep