A festival to encourage and inspire Fifers back into the saddle, or onto it for the first time, is taking place at Lochore Meadows and Fife Cycle Park.
Everyone is invited to ‘We Love Cycling’ on Saturday 8th October. The free event includes lots of activities for children and adults to try, including:
- Performances from The Clan – Scotland’s cycle stunt team
- Mini mountain bike introductory courses around the Lochore trails
- 5km flat leisure rides around the loch
- Play on the pump tracks and develop your skills
- An intro to Cyclocross
- Drop-in advice and coaching tips for adults
- Learn to ride drop-in sessions for children
- Balance bike activities
- Adapted bikes and Cycling Without Age bikes to try
- Cycling challenges for all with medals and certificates up for grabs.
Kirsteen Durkin, Cycling Development Officer said: “Bring your bike or borrow a bike. And don’t worry if you’re a beginner or feel a bit rusty, this day was made with you in mind.
“People will be able to split their day between Lochore Meadows and Fife Cycle Park making use of the free shuttle buses, running between the two sites. All of the activities are free and there’s no need to book in advance.”
A marquee and surrounding activity will give it a festival feel with a vintage bike show, drop-in bike fix, eBikes and cargo bikes to try out, upcycled inexpensive bikes for sale and bike buying advice on hand.
Those looking to improve their bike maintenance skills are in luck too. Bike checks will be available alongside bike shop stalls, bike clubs, local produce and food vendors.
Fife Council's spokesperson for Communities and Leisure Cllr Linda Erskine added: “Everyone should have the opportunity to ride a bike. Exercise is so important for our health and wellbeing so we're especially keen to convince beginners to give cycling a go - it may just be the sport for them!"
"The festival will offer fun, friendly opportunities to try out a range of cycling activities. It really is the perfect way to learn about and try out different types of cycling with friendly coaches on hand to offer advice and support. And for those who are already cyclists, it’s a great chance to progress your skills with experts there to guide you all the way.
“We have some great cycling resources in Fife – from Scotland’s first cycle circuit at Fife Cycle Park and local networks of shared use paths across the Kingdom to coaching sessions and opportunities for all abilities. We’re keen that as many children and adults as possible develop the skills and access the equipment to help them feel like part of Fife’s fantastic cycling community."
For more information on the festival, visit www.fife.gov.uk/fifelovescycling
The event is being supported by EventScotland through the Community Cycling Fund, which is a joint initiative between the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships, EventScotland and sportscotland. It is being delivered by the Council’s Active Fife, Cycling Development and Outdoor Education teams with support from the staff at Fife Cycle Park, Lochore Meadows and Fife’s strong cycling community of clubs, volunteers, and businesses.