The inaugural ‘Cycle Touring Festival’ has been announced for the weekend of 2-3 May 2015.
In an age when organised cycling events are more and more common, not least the endless sportive calendar and numerous local cycling festivals, the relaxed art of cycle touring has been a notable omission. The CTC’s long-standing York Rally was last held in 2012.
The new event will take place at Waddow Hall in Clitheroe, Lancashire – a picturesque location on the banks of the River Ribble. The organisers explain:
“We've been busy putting together the programme of events and can promise that the festival will have an exciting line-up. There will be talks from intrepid cycle tourists to inspire you, workshops on all things bike-related, and the latest bicycles and kit to try out. Above all, it will be a chance for cycle tourists to get together, share knowledge, plan future trips and have a jolly good time.”
They’re also keen to hear ideas from prospective attendees: “Whether you want a weekend filled with talks and films, or prefer a weekend of cycling with like-minded folk, get in touch with your thoughts.”
Overall, the festival aims to bring together existing cycle tourists and encourage new people to try it. You can find out more at the event website.