The first Festival of Cycling takes place in Edinburgh in June 2013
By Sidse Fjeldsted Sorensen
In a few weeks’ time, the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling will take place for the first time ever.
Starting on the 15th of June an Eldorado of cycling related events will take place, in and around beautiful Edinburgh for a total of nine days. The programme is available online . It is packed with cultural, sportive and informative events that cater to everyone from the Sunday rider to the commuter to the full time professional!
Kick starting the festival, Mikael Colville- Andersen the man in behind Copenhagenize will be hosting a talk on Bicycle culture on the 15th. Mr Andersen is followed by Mark Beaumont, the Scotsman who cycled the world and now works as a full time broadcaster and adventurer who will be speaking on the 19th. Last but not least Juliana Buhring, who currently holds the women’s world record of cycling the world, will be giving a talk on her journey and her ups and downs. These talks are ticketed and can be booked online .
During the festival there will be plenty of free events including the family picnic ride on the 23rd and the Heels on Wheels ladies day in The Meadows Saturday the 22nd. If you fancy a poetic night out, then pop in for the world’s first Bike Poetry Slam in the Forest Café on the 17th.
As it is a cycling festival, there are heaps of rides and even a few races. Scotland is filled with hidden treasures for mountain bikers and there will be plenty of opportunity to try out some off road single tracks and get some good advice from experienced riders on the 15th departing from St. Charlotte square at 2pm with a £2 joining fee.
If you enjoy climbing and legs filled with lactate, then Arthur’s Seat hill climb on the 23rd is something you wouldn’t want to miss.
All are welcome at Edinburgh Festival of Cycling to join and celebrate the joys of spinning wheels. Whether you are just learning to ride a bike, are a well experienced commuter, or compete in races the festival welcomes you with open arms.
Now get on your bikes and let it roll…..