Join the fun of Wallingford Festival of Cycling

Released on June 20, 2016

People of all ages are in for a fantastic day out on Sunday 26 June when the Wallingford Festival of Cycling comes to town. 

The Wallingford Festival of Cycling is a whole day of cycling events both on road and off for elite riders and novices alike. 

Taking place in Wallingford town centre and the Kinecroft, there will be elite races, demonstrations, mountain bike rides, rides for beginners, Penny Farthing races and much, much more. 

All events are free to watch, with a small fee for those wishing to take part – see www.wallingfordfestivalofcycling.co.uk for more details. 

The day includes the chance to take part in Wallingford Rides, three short journeys aimed at anyone who has a roadworthy bike and helmet.  Events take place at 1pm, 3.45pm and 7.10pm and anyone who completes at least two sessions will get a free Wallingford Festival of Cycling t-shirt.  Entry is free for those aged 15 and under, £5 for adults on the day, or £4 when pre-booked via www.wallingfordfestivalofcycling.co.uk

Wallingford Rides is sponsored by GO Active Get Healthy, a project that aims to help people in Oxfordshire to do more physical activity and exercise, getting more activity into their everyday lives.  It is led by Oxfordshire Sport and Physical Activity and has support and funding from all Oxfordshire district councils and leisure providers as well as Public Health Oxfordshire, Oxford Brookes University and Sport England. 

To help celebrate Wallingford Festival of Cycling South Oxfordshire District Council recently provided £1,000 to stage pre-event cycle coaching for 130 children in the town aimed at encouraging them to cycle with confidence and help to improve air quality in the area.  

Representatives from the district council will also be on hand on the day to start two of the races.  Cllr Anna Badcock, Cabinet Member for Sport and Health will start the ten mile Family Ride at 8.45am, while Council Chairman, Cllr Paul Harrison, will start the Wallingford Rides event at 1pm. 

Cllr Anna Badcock, Cabinet Member for Sport and Health, said: “Cycling is one of the fastest growing sports in the country with more than 50,000 people in Oxfordshire alone regularly out on their bikes.  Cycling is good for your health, more convenient and affordable than public transport and can also be a great way of just getting out and about. 

“We’re really proud to be supporting Wallingford Festival of Cycling.  The event offers people a whole host of things to do and see and we’d love to see thousands of residents and visitors come and join in.”