Winchester gears up for summer of cycling

Press Release: 25/06/2013

CycleFair

Winchester went cycling crazy last weekend (Sunday 23 June) with over 3,500 people gathering to enjoy ‘Winchester Cycle Fair’, the first event of Winchester CycleFest.

The event showcased BMX displays and hosted activities that encouraged participation from the crowd, many of whom had brought their bikes along. Despite the potential for bad weather the event was a great success with children taking part in smoothie-making, bike-decorating and roller-racing. These were followed by stunt displays from Savage Skills and the well-received ‘Try a Bike’ roadshow and the day catered for every participant.

The event also offered residents the opportunity to visit the recently restored Hockley Viaduct to join activities from British Cycling, VC Venta and Sport Hampshire & Isle of Wight - all on offer at the South Park & Ride. With a regular Bike Bus led by Bespoke Biking, and supported by Winchester Rotary, residents had the chance to visit the viaduct and park and ride to witness the full spectrum of activities.

The event, organised by Winchester City Council, is the first in a series of cycling extravaganzas that will be on offer this summer. The next stage will follow on 11 August when the Family Cycle Day will give people the chance to take part in the activities once again. In the evening this will be followed by the fast and furious Winchester Criterium, cycling’s version of Formula 1, where elite cyclists will speed around Winchester’s High Street at speeds of up to 30mph.

Cllr Vicki Weston, Winchester City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Built Environment which includes transport, said:

The amount of people enjoying the viaduct and the CycleFest was fantastic. The activities included ‘try a bike’, breath-taking trials and displays, bike-bus rides along the NCN23 route across the Viaduct, mountain-bike courses, decorate your bike and vintage bikes dating from 1819. A brilliant day, organised by a great team and we’re looking forward to putting it on again and seeing all of our residents on 11 August.

For more information on the Winchester CycleFest: Family Cycle Day and Winchester Criterium please contact sport@winchester.gov.uk, call 01962 848532 or visit www.winchester.gov.uk/events