Hot on the heels of the 2011 Glastonbury Festival being the most cycle friendly ever, with some 500 cyclists choosing two wheeled transport to get to the event this year, Sustrans are running a competition to win tickets to ride to another festival-Shambala.
Sustrans have worked closely with Shambala for the two previous years, to promote the sustainability and green credentials of this relatively low key event. The exact location of the festival is a close guarded secret each year until just a short time before the date (25th to 28th August this year), and Sustrans offer guided rides from a number of locations to reach it. The guided rides usually cost from £10 to £20 depending on whether they are 1, 2 or 3 day rides.
For 2011 the rides to Shambala are departing from:
London- 3 days
Birmingham - 1 day
Bristol - 3 days
Manchester - 3 days
Sheffield - 3 days
Lechlade (near Swindon) - 2 days
Stoke - 2 days
Middleton Cheney (near Banbury) - 1 day
Our superior powers of deduction suggest the festival may be located somewhere around Birmingham/Oxfordshire this year. Just a hunch.
The festival features over 200 music acts on 9 stages, as well as live cabaret and interactive theatre, cinemas, poetry, crazy golf and circus acts. With over 99% of the energy for the event coming from wind, sun and sustainably sourced vegetable oil it's a great option for the greener festival goer- hence also the strong tie-in with Sustrans. The Sustrans rides are subsidised by the festival organisers as part of their sustainable transport initiative.
The competition to win 2 tickets to the festival and for the chance to ride to get there runs until 24th July. For a chance to win email events [at] sustrans.org.uk and tell them in 20 words or less "I would love to cycle to Shambala with Sustrans because........."
All Sustrans Shambala rides are fully marshalled and supported, and are suitable for all ages and abilities.
Lara has been riding bikes for longer than she'd care to admit, and writing about them nearly as long. Since 2009 she has been working as part of the road.cc review team whilst championing women's cycling on the side, most notably via two years as editor of the, sadly now defunct, UK's first and only women's cycling mag, erm, Women's Cycling.
Believing fervently that cycling will save the world, she wishes that more people would just ride a bike and be pleasant to each other.
She will ride anything with two wheels, occasionally likes to go fast, definitely likes to go far and is always up for a bit of exploring somewhere new and exciting.