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Festival of Cycling

23 August - 10 Septmeber 2107

The aim of our festival is to support, excite and inspire locals who enjoy cycling as well as those who perhaps have never ridden a bike in their lives.

We have teamed up with British Cycling, Newark Castle Cycle Club, Sherwood Pines and the Velo Club Flintham along with other local partners to offer a wide range of activities when the tour visits the district.

We are hoping that there is lots of appeal for families and the next generation of tour riders!

Festival Programme

Wednesday 23 August
Vittoria Grand Tour Bus at Sherwood Pines from 10am

Thursday 31 August
Junior GoRide at the Dukeries Leisure Centre, 7-15 years.

Have a go at cycling with a qualified British Cycling Instructor.

Please call 01623 862469 or visit www.active4today.co.uk to find out more details and book your place.

Saturday 2 September
City of Nottingham GoTri.

Experience an introduction to closed road Triathlon racing alongside the River Trent on Nottingham’s famous Victoria Embankment.

Visit city-of-nottingham-triathlon for more details and to book your place in the event.

Sunday 3 September 
Cycling Time Trial event.

Newark Castle Cycling Club are hosting a Time Trial event for the first time in a number of years. Come down to spectate this unique event and cheer on the competitors.

Visit www.newarkcastlecc.co.uk for more details.

Sunday 3 September 
Friendly outing with Velo Club Flintham.

If you have enjoyed road cycling on your own, come and try cycling as part of a peloton. This is a no strings attached event is a perfect way to experience a club atmosphere.

Visit Velo Club Flintham for more details.

Sunday 3 September 
Ladies beginners Breeze Ride - details to be announced

Visit Breeze (Newark and Southwell) on facebook

Sunday 3 September
Social Ride with Newark Sustrans

Newark Sustrans Ranger volunteers will be leading social rides from Rumbles Cafe at Sconce and Devon Park at 10am. The rides will head out on quiet roads and cycle lanes to Newfield Dairy.

A shorter ride returns back to Newark from there whilst a longer ride will continue for a while longer before returning to Newark. Nobody is left behind in this ride that is suitable for all ages and abilities.

Please contact Pat Bray patbray@gmail.com

Sunday 3 September
Good spectator opportunity to watch the Vale of Belvoir Cycling Club Road Race at Thoroton (10 miles south of Newark). This is a competitive race and will be a great warm up for watching the Tour later in the week. It's highly recommended to cycle out and watch the race and then have lunch at The Durham Ox which is the club's HQ.

Vale of Belvoir Cat 3/4 race

Monday 4 September
Tour of Britain Spinning Session at Newark Sports and Fitness Centre.

Experience our qualified instructor coaching you round the same route as the professionals on your spin bike in our multi-million pound centre.

Details to be confirmed. Please visit www.active4today.co.uk for more activities.

Tuesday 5 September
Ladies social mountain bike ride at Sherwood Pines

Nobody gets left behind in this beginner session.

Visit the Sherwood Pines Cycling Club Facebook page for more details.

British Cycling GoRide event on Tuesday 5 Sept in Newark Market Place from 6pm Tuesday 5 September - festival highlight!
Junior GoRide Closed Circuit event at Newark Market Square - Race the cobbles!

Ride the cobbles in the market square in this unique opportunity.

Newark Go Ride - race details and enter online

Wednesday 6 September
Tour of Britain Stage 4 in Nottinghamshire

The day we’ve all been waiting for, there’s something for everyone.

Please visit Tour of Britain Latest News to keep up to date with the schedule and local information.

Wednesday 6 September
Edingley community cycle ride. Edingley won’t just be spectating on the Tour day. A community cycle ride is planned to leave the village an hour after the main event with a choice of 10 mile and 20 mile routes.

The ride is open to anyone who wants to take part, young and old and in between. Just rock up and be ready for a planned 1.30pm departure.

Thursday 7 September
Have a go Time Trial with Newark Castle Cycling Club.

Compete against your friends and see how quickly you can complete 10 miles on the open road.

Starts at 6.30pm. Visit www.newarkcastlecc.co.uk for more details.

Saturday 9 September
Social Ride with Newark Riders and Newark Castle Cycling Club.

If you have enjoyed road cycling on your own, come and try cycling as part of a peloton. This is a no strings attached event with a café stop is a perfect way to experience a club atmosphere.

Visit www.newarkcastlecc.co.uk for more details.

Saturday 9 September
Social mountain bike ride ride at Sherwood Pines

Nobody gets left behind in this beginner session.

Visit the Sherwood Pines Cycling Club Facebook page for more details.

Sunday 10 September
Social mountain bike ride at Sherwood Pines

Nobody gets left behind in this beginner session.

Visit the Sherwood Pines Cycling Club Facebook page for more details.

Getting involved

Help us to make the festival brilliant fun for everyone!

If you would like to send us an idea for an event or offer some help towards the festival please get in touch.

Email sportsdevelopment@active4today.co.uk

Local cycling clubs and groups

Pre-tour party!

On Tuesday 5 September the pre-tour party takes place in Newark Market Place from 4pm.

Celebrating our Festival of Cycling an exciting junior Go Ride will take place around the centre of Newark with accompanying music and entertainment in the market square.

The event is shaping up to include live music by local bands Flipside and Bid Stuff until 9pm, a craft/vintage/shabby chic market of local crafters and makers, food from local traders, street entertainment, and a chance for children to make a Tour of Britain wind streamer or shaker. All in partnership with Newark Town Council, Newark Castle Cycling Club and Totally Locally Newark.

Supported by Radio Newark, the Newark Advertiser and Active4Today - join us to get the tour-party started.

Get into cycling

The British Cycling website has some new ‘How to get into’ pages for anyone who has caught the cycling bug and wants to get more serious.

For family riders visit lets ride