Edinburgh Festival of Cycling, 12 – 22 June 2014
By Sidse Fjeldsted Sorensen
2014 is a historic and exciting year for cycling in Edinburgh, as well as in the UK and throughout Europe. With a record- high Pedal on Parliament turnout, the first ever women’s Tour of Britain and the Tour de France start in Leeds it’s obvious that the bikes are here to stay.
For the second year in a row, Edinburgh Festival of Cycling offers a programme packed with cycling themed events spread from the 12th -22nd of June. With events for kids, families, commuters, events for athletes, and events for people that simply share our common interest for bicycles; the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling is for everyone!
On June 12th Carlton Reid will give a talk on how motorists should be thanking cyclists and how the roads were built for bicycles originally – not cars. The event is free off charge, but tickets must be booked in advance and a small donation would be appreciated.
As a part of the Women on Wheels day, there will be a Women’s Cycle Forum where you can meet some of the women that are changing the world of women’s cycling as we know it. The event includes talks from different female cycling activists as well as riders, including Dr. Rachel Aldred, Senior Lecturer in Transport at University of Westminster. The night also includes a glass of wine and tonnes of ideas and inspiration for you to bring home and on your bike. 14th June, tickets £5.
Why not prepare for the Yorkshire Grand Depart with a dramatic reading of the play “Marco Pantani- The Pirate”? Let Stuart Hepburn take you on a journey through a world of professional cycling and all it entails. He will be telling the story of one of the greatest Italian riders, Marco Pantani, who became a national hero after winning two of the greatest Grand Tours but five years later, was tragically found dead and drug-ridden, in a lonely hotel room. 18th June, tickets £5/4.
After last year’s success, the Original Edinburgh Night Ride is back! Despite the Scottish weather playing the bully, the 2013 ride was described as a “magical experience”. The ride starts at 23.00/20th June and is a scenic journey through East Lothian, passing through Dunbar and ending back in Leith for a well disserved full breakfast! Riders will be split into groups according to pace, and refreshments and mechanical support will be provided. 20th June, tickets £20. Currently the event is sold out, but there is a waiting list for anyone who is interested.
If any of this tickles your fancy, then have a look at the event calendar online or get your own print programme and pop along for some of the free events, or book your tickets for some of the great talks, rides and workshops!
Tickets for the events are available online via Hub Tickets.