Shirebrook cycling festival promotes new trail

Bolsover District Council's cycling festival is coming to the region.
Bolsover District Council's cycling festival is coming to the region.

Cycling fans are to be treated to a festival in Shirebrook to celebrate the newly created Archaeological Way.

Bolsover District Council is launching its Cycle Fest at Shirebrook Academy, on Sunday, May 31, with top displays including cycling champion Adam Morewood and a retro and vintage bike show.

The Archaeological Way is an 11km multi-user trail that passes through beautiful countryside within Bolsover district.

A council spokesman said: “The Council is inviting people to experience an action packed festival and join guided rides of the Archaeological Way.”

Cycle Fest is also part of national Big Bike Revival - two weeks of family events - taking place from May 23 to June 7 which is designed to help you get that unloved bike back into use, learn how to look after it and rediscover cycling.

National charity’s CTC Big Bike Revival aims to inspire, encourage and help people to cycle safely and happily.

CycleFest includes expert demos from Extreme Wheels BMX Pro Demo Team riders, the BMX Flatlander - four times UK and twice European Champion Keelan Phillips, the Mountain Trials Demo Team with Ashley Butler - four times British and European champion and Adam Morewood, Trial Bike World, European and British champion.

Other activities will include: Balanceability; Go-Ride coaching; BMX racing; KMX karts; BMX side hacks; Watt bikes; All ability bikes; Bling my bike; Fun bike races and more.

Dr Bike and workshops will be on offer where people can get advice and assistance.

JE James, Today’s Cyclist and Castle Cycles will provide a retail village with promotional stands.

Derbyshire County Council Countryside and The National Trust will have displays and activities with clubs and groups providing information.

There will be cycling films and talks in Shirebrook Academy’s including The Curious Case of Leonardo’s Bicycle, an illustrated talk by cartoonist John Stuart Clarke.

Cycle Fest is organised by the council with Limestone Journeys as a project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.