Published on 22nd May 2019
Cheltenham Borough Council would like to say a huge thank you to all the clubs, groups, retailers and volunteers involved in the successful Cheltenham Festival of Cycling.
The festival, held last Sunday in Pittville Park, had an incredible atmosphere and was full of enthusiasm. Framed by the Western League Cyclocross races the event was a hustle and bustle of cycling activities. The variety of engaging activities was well received by everyone who attended, from free balance bike and bikeability sessions, the have a go junior cycling track, guided rides, adaptable bikes, watt bike challenges, smoothie bikes and e bike demos. Over 140 children alone had a go on the junior cycling track!
The events charity partner, Leonard Cheshire Gloucestershire Wheels For All, formed the Centre of the event promoting their inclusive cycling sessions for disabled and non-disabled people to get together and enjoy the benefits of getting on a bike.
This event, the first of its kind, which built on the success of the 2017 Tour of Britain event, showed a real appetite in Cheltenham for an annual community event.
The festival was honoured to partner with the Cheltenham Partnerships ‘No Child Left Behind’ Year of Action, aimed at tackling key inequalities affecting Cheltenham children. The campaign strives to make sure children and young people across the borough have opportunities to thrive.
Tracey Crews, project sponsor, said: “We aimed at the outset for a community based event, to show that cycling can be for everyone. The atmosphere the local clubs created by not just being at the event but their absolute enthusiasm in encouraging those attending to get involved was fantastic. The mix of clubs and activities presented a very relaxed, engaging and thoroughly enjoyable day.”
Nicky Harverson, CTWYC club lead, said: “What an amazing day Sunday was! It was fabulous to see so many people involved and giving cycling a go. I’d encourage anyone who wants to become involved in any future cycling festivals to let Cheltenham Borough Council know.”
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Notes: For a full list of the clubs and organisations involved or to contact the cycling festival organised please visit www.cheltenhamcyclingfestival.org.uk