Published: Wednesday, 6th June 2018

Get on your bike and join in the fun at this year’s Medway Cycling Festival – 9 to 17 June.

The festival takes place over nine days and is full of bike rides of all distances, for people of all ages and abilities, from novices to frequent cyclists.

As part of the cycling festival, the Medway Big Ride Together Family Festival is taking place on Saturday, 16 June, between 10am and 3pm, and no pre-registration is needed. A two-mile bike ride will begin at Riverside Country Park and after a gentle pedal along the river-side cycle path, you will arrive at The Strand where there will be lots of activities taking place. The event is a good way for the family to get out and active whilst enjoying the views from the award winning country park. This event is free for both adults and children and every participant in the ride will receive a medal for completing the route.

You do not need to cycle to take part - if you just want to go along and enjoy the day, head straight to The Strand where there will be plenty of activities to join in with, including novelty bikes and challenges, cross county cyclocross racing, a BMX pump track, scooters, skateboarding, a pedal powered scalextric, roller blading, unicycles, arts and crafts, face-painting and many more. There will also be free bike checks, spin class tasters and information about Medway’s cycle routes.

Cllr Howard Doe, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Housing and Community Services, said: “The Medway Cycling Festival is a fantastic opportunity to explore Medway with a group of cyclists. Last year we extended our cycle routes and there are now more than 70 miles of on and off-road routes to enjoy. Cycling is a great activity which encourages people to get outside and active, and the Medway Big Ride gives families the opportunity of taking part in a fun bike ride together and away from the road.”

Other events taking place during the Medway Cycling Festival include:

  • Ride the Heron Trail. Held on Saturday, 9 June, between 10am and 12noon, starting from Cliffe Memorial Hall. - The Heron Trail is a 17-mile circular cycle route which is 95 per cent on roads. The trail explores the Hoo Peninsula with its literary connections - Charles Dickens wrote Great Expectations and a Tale of Two Cities here. No pre-registration needed.
  • Go-Ride Grass Track Racing. Held on Sunday, 10 June, between 10am to 1pm, at Capstone Country Park. Wigmore Cycling Club hosts this fun and safe racing event for young riders, led by qualified coaches. The format of this event will be Grass Track Racing, so if you like what you’ve seen on the Velodrome at the recent Commonwealth Games, come and have a go. No booking needed.
  • Evans RIDE IT Sportives. Held on Saturday, 16 June, from, 8am. Medway Council has teamed up with Evans to bring RIDE IT. The sportive routes take 30, 50 and 80 mile tours of the Kent countryside heading east towards Faversham then south into the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Adults from £20, children free. Visit www.medway.gov.uk/cyclingfestival to sign up.
  • Ride Together Breeze Ride. Held on Saturday, 16 June for 75 minutes (7 miles) from Riverside Country Park at 1.30pm. It’s a women’s only bike ride. Visit www.medway.gov.uk/cyclingfestival to book a place.
  • There are a number of other guided group rides taking place across Medway during the cycling festival. To book your place on one of the group rides, visit www.medway.gov.uk/cyclingfestival

Helmets must be worn for all events whilst cycling.

To register your interest and receive updates on the cycling festival, email medwaysport@medway.gov.uk

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