Bike Week 2014, the UK’s national cycling celebration, starts this Saturday. We’ve picked a few events that have caught our eye, you can also check out what’s going on near you through the Bike Week website.
From June 14 until June 22, experienced and beginner cyclists alike will be saddling up, riding bikes and taking part in all sorts of cycling-oriented events and excursions.
The week-long cycling festival is set to reach every corner of the country, highlighting the social, environmental and health benefits that come with riding bikes and encouraging everyone to welcome bicycles into their everyday lives.
There are 901 officially registered events on the Bike Week website, but with so much going on, how do you chose where to go and what to do?
Well, the Bike Week 2014 events page is home to a handy map widget which pins every registered event onto a map so you can easily spot what’s going on near you.
The event has been around for some time. The organisers, national cycling charity CTC, started Bike Week in 1923 under their former moniker the Cyclists Touring Club.
We’ve also had a scan of the what’s-going-on list, and come up with a fancy sprinkling of events from around the country.
Bike Week 2014 Picks
One of the northernmost registered Bike Week events is set to take place in Huntly, Aberdeenshire, on June 21.
The Huntly Bike Week, which overlaps with the national Bike Week for it’s launch day on the 21st, is put on by volunteers in the local community who, in the spirit of Bike Week, just want to encourage others to get on their bikes.
The Cardiff Commuter Challenge, run by the Cardiff Cycling Campaign, will be getting underway on June 16 from 08:00 until 09:30.
Teams of commuters, travelling by bicycle, bus, car and train, will be making timed commutes from UHW, Llandaff North, Victoria Park, Ice Rink and Willows High to the City Centre to test the efficiency of each mode of transport.
The Pedalling Picnic on the North Coast, organised by Coleraine Borough Council, has been pencilled in for June 15. Bring refreshments or a whole picnic between 14:45 and 17:00 to enjoy the beautiful coastal scenery on the National Cycle Network Route from Coleraine to Downhill with other cyclists.
The aim of the game is to get as many people in the region back on their bikes, safely. The session will take place at 8 am at the RE:SOURCE store on Launceston Road, Bodmin, PL31 2RJ. Spaces are limited, so call ahead to make sure you’ve got a place.
The Go Dunstable! cycling festival is a family-oriented cycling event that is set to take place on June 14. Fun for all the family is in store, from death-defying stunt cycling through to fabulous fitness routines.
Among many, many other naked bike rides set to take place this month. The London World Naked Bike Ride, starting at Tower Hill on June 14, is set to be the biggest in the country.
The event is billed as a protest, with anything from cycle safety to oil dependence and saving the planet on the agenda.
On just four bicycles, The Handlebards, a four man drama troupe, are set to visit Leicester on June 17 and put on two of Shakespeare’s most famous plays.
The troupe will carry all their gear for the show: set, props, costumes and camping equipment, from gig to gig as they take their performances of Macbeth and The Comedy Of Errors around the country and on to Europe.
The presentation is set to take place at the Old Abbey Inn, Pencroft Way, Manchester, M15 6AY, from 16:30 - 20:00 and is based around work that the Manchester Cycling Lab has been doing over the last year to study cycling in the city.
From 12:00 - 14:00 on June 18, you’ll get the chance to Pedal your own Smoothie at Trinity University in Leeds.
As well as a free bike check, free maps and all sorts of free advice on cycling, the UTravelActive project, which promotes active transport for students and lecturers at Universities around the country in association with Sustrans, will have a smoothie maker hooked up to a bike.
Elliot joined team road.cc bright eyed, bushy tailed, and straight out of university.
Raised in front of cathode ray tube screens bearing the images of Miguel Indurain and Lance Armstrong, Elliot's always had cycling in his veins.
His balance was found on a Y-framed mountain bike around South London suburbs in the 90s, while his first taste of freedom came when he claimed his father's Giant hybrid as his own at age 16.
When Elliot's not writing for road.cc about two-wheeled sustainable transportation, he's focussing on business sustainability and the challenges facing our planet in the years to come.