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FEATURE ❘ FESTIVALS


Cycle Touring Festival in Lancashire


First edition of the UK Cycle Touring Festival to kick off in the North West


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icycle travel enthusiasts and cycle-touring newcomers alike will be inspired and empowered by adventure talks, planning


workshops, group rides, films and more at the UK’s inaugural Cycle Touring Festival, to be held at Waddow Hall in Lancashire on May 1st-3rd.


Poised on the edge of the Forest of Bowland AONB, home to some of the most beautiful rural cycling in the country, the weekend-long Cycle Touring Festival will feature dozens of renowned speakers, filmmakers, planning specialists and cycle touring gear experts from across the UK, representing the full breadth of adventure cycle touring, with room for several hundred attendees to camp in the venue’s grounds. Envisaged as a celebration of the bicycle’s growing popularity among adventurous travellers, the weekend’s programme will feature talks from some of the country’s most intrepid bicycle-mounted explorers, who between them have pedalled hundreds of thousands of miles and every corner of the globe.


Alongside the lecture series will be a programme of focused workshops on all aspects of this exciting and accessible way to see the world, including route planning, equipment choice, bicycle maintenance, safety and security, and budgeting, as well as sessions on using technology to share stories from the road online.


Local and national exhibitors will have the chance to display their cycle touring products and services at the festival for a contribution to the running costs. The festival itself is not-for-profit and entirely volunteer-run, with any leftover profits going towards staging a repeat event in 2016. “I wanted to organise an event which brought together the cycle touring community in person, to share knowledge and experience from the road”, said Laura Moss, founder and organiser of the Cycle Touring Festival. “My husband and I recently completed a 13,000 mile cycling adventure around the world. In planning this trip, we had lots of help from fellow cycle tourists, but most of the contact we had with people was online. “With the Cycle Touring Festival, we hope to inspire people to undertake their own journeys by bicycle, equipping them with any necessary skills and the confidence to do so. The Cycle Touring Festival will take place on 1-3 May 2015 at Waddow Hall, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 3LD. Tickets are available online now, priced at £65 for the full weekend, including camping accommodation and meals. Day tickets will also be available at a later date. For tickets and information, visit http://cycletouringfestival.co.uk. Ed… Not to put you off or deter you in anyway but I happen to be on the list of speakers!


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