In the saddle for Bike week 2014

17 Jun , 2014  

Fancy le Parc Spoketecular, a Midsomer Madness MTB ride, a Yew tree Way ride, a Cyclists’ Breakfast or a Bike and Brunch? These are just a few of the hundreds of events taking places as part of Bike Week 2014 in the UK.

Bike Week this year runs until this Sunday, June 22. It is an annual opportunity to promote cycling – and show how cycling can easily be part of everyday life. It’s all about everyday cycling for everyone.

Benefits of cycling

Many people are already aware of the benefits of regular cycling but it doesn’t do any harm to repeat them here. Cycling is good for the environment, your cardiovascular health and for socialising.

Cycling is easily accessed and once you have a bike – a recycled second-hand bike could be a great choice – it means you can cycle to all kinds of places including work, your child’s school and the shops.

During Bike Week more than half a million people are encouraged to join in events, rethink their everyday journeys and switch to cycling as the most convenient way to get around.

10 top Bike Week events

The Comedy of Errors (The Handle Bards)

Tue, June 17, 7:30pm – 9:30pm

The Guildhall, Guildhall Lane, Leicester

4 men, 4 bikes and a 2000-mile adventure: After a successful inaugural tour in 2013, the four-strong, all-male HandleBards company are back on their bikes and cycling the UK in May, June, July and August 2014, before setting out across Europe.

They carry carry all the set, props, costumes and camping equipment to perform two of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, Macbeth and The Comedy Of Errors. See Handle Bards

Edinburgh Festival of Cycling

Thu, June 12 to 22

Venues across Edinburgh

Listed as one of the UK’s best cycling festivals by The Guardian and Total Women’s Cycling, the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling offers a host of events and entertainments.

Allerdale Bike Challenge


Wed, June 18, registration opens at 5pm

A British Mountain Bike Orienteering (BMBO) Cycle ride organised by the West Coast MTB Club. See Allerdale Bike Challenge.

Cycle up to Devil’s Dyke

Wed, June 18, 2pm – 4pm

New England House, New England Street, Brighton

A lunchtime bike ride up the Devil’s Dyke, a 100m deep V-shaped valley on the South Downs Way.

Glasgow Mountain Bike Club Intro Ride

Wed, June 18, 7pm – 9pm

Milngavie & Bearsden Sports Club, Auchenhowie Road, Milngavie

An easy paced ride that is ideal for riders new to the sport.

York Bike Belles social event

Thu, June 19, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Fulford Cycles, 98 Main Street, Fulford, York

Have you ever wanted to learn more about or try mountain biking? If so, join the Bike Belles and Fulford Cycles in York for an Introduction to Mountain Biking evening.

Tandem Festival

Fri, June 20 to 22

Hill End Centre Eynsham Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire

Music, cycling, camping and a lot more besides over one weekend of celebrating all things two wheels at the Tandem Festival.

World Naked Bike Ride in York

Fri, June 20, 12am – Sat, June 21, 12am

Starts at Millennium Bridge, York.

Right, well, aherm, it’s up to you whether you enjoy a naked bike ride, or not! Let’s hope the sun shines on this event.

On Your Bike – A Better Way to Work?

Fri, June 20, 1pm – 2pm

The Lighthouse 11 Mitchell Lane Glasgow G1 3NU

How can you encourage people to stop driving to work and start travelling sustainably? Glasgow Bike Station is the city’s largest bike recycling organisation. In addition to reconditioning and selling unwanted bicycles, they work hard to encourage more people to travel around Glasgow by bike. Find out more at this special evening of information.

Sixth Warminster Wobble Festival of Cycling

Sat, June 21/22

Warminster Town Park Weymouth Street Warminster BA12 9NR

We love the name of this cycling festival. Wiltshire’s most popular cycling festival is entirely free and this year the programme is full of inspiration and local brilliance reflecting the festival’s growing popularity.

Great Inverurie Bike Ride

Sun, June 22, 10am

Kellands Park, Kellands Road, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire

Open to all and back by popular demand, the 13-mile is aimed at families with younger children. This is in addition to the usual 25-mile route. See the Great Inverurie Bike Ride.

Tell us about your Bike Week event.

A journalist, web copywriter blogger and social media chatterbox, Fiona combines her love of the outdoors – especially Scotland – with a diverse freelance work life. If she's not at her desk writing about the outdoors, she'll be outside cycling, running, kayaking, snowboarding and walking Munros. She shares her outdoors passion with partner, the G-Force. Sometimes her teenage daughter Little Miss Outdoors tags along, too.