Logo of Medway Cycling Festival 2018
  • Date: 8th June 2019 - 16th June 2019
  • Every day
  • Location: Locations across Medway
  • Cost: Free (see individual events for costs)

The Medway Cycling Festival returns for 2019, offering nine days of events and activities to encourage the people of Medway to get out and about on their bikes.

The festival, which coincides with National Bike Week, is designed to encourage riders of all ages to explore Medway’s network of cycle routes, or to take the first step towards riding a bike.

The full programme will be announced soon but will include:

Let’s Ride – Exploring Medway

A series of free, led rides of various lengths and difficulties, exploring Medway’s landmarks, heritage and network of cycle paths, including the popular Heron Trail.

Ages 18+.

To register your interest email cycling@medway.gov.uk or visit Cycling and cycling groups in Medway.

On your bike

Free adult beginners’ cycling lessons to help bike owners master the basics of riding a bike.

Ages 18+.

To book a place email cycling@medway.gov.uk

Evans RIDE IT Sportive – Saturday 15 June

RIDE IT is a series of non-competitive cycle events taking place across the country and aimed at riders of all abilities.

At every ride you’ll find a choice of fully waymarked routes, well stocked feed stations sponsored by High 5 Sports Nutrition, mechanical and sweeper van support if things go wrong.

There's also electronic chip timing to record your ride and a finisher’s medal waiting for you at the end.

Evans is teaming up with us once again for another fantastic summer RIDE IT event.

The sportive routes start from Medway Park and take riders on a tour of the Kent countryside heading east towards Faversham then south into the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

It's a mixture of rolling terrain combined with short sharp climbs and a few longer and more challenging climbs to test riders on the longer route. 

Short (31m), medium (50m) and long (82m) rides available.

Prices: Prices start from £20 per adult, free for children.

Enter the Evans RIDE IT event

Get Pumped - Saturday 15 June

Queen Elizabeth Fields, off Castlemaine Avenue, Gillingham

12 noon to 4pm

A free festival of cycling at Medway’s new urban pump track. Free coaching and skills sessions with British Cycling coaches, BMX tricks displays, bike servicing and repairs and more.

Free admission. No need to book. Limited parking available. 

Only BMX and mountain bikes in good working order are allowed on the track. Helmets must be worn. A limited number of bikes, helmets and pads will be available to hire on the day. 

The Medway Big Ride - Sunday 21 July

Around Rochester

2.30pm to 3.30pm

The mass participation ride will be staged this year as part of the HSBC UK | National Circuit Championships event. It will be held on the day of the British Cycling national event.

Members of the public can register to join a mass ride on the 1.6km closed road circuit around Rochester.

Find out more about the Medway Big Ride.

Join a cycling group

Our year-round cycling groups are led by an experienced ride leader. They include routes for all abilities.

We also offer lessons for adults who are new to cycling or haven't been on a bike for a while and need to refresh their skills. 

Find out more about our cycle groups and lessons.