In the saddle for Bike week 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
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.