FLOURISHING community interest company Community Together CIC is launching a brand-new cycle festival in Tamworth this summer.
Tamworth Cycle Festival will take place throughout the Castle Grounds on Saturday, June 30.
The free event will include a fun, friendly two-mile cycle and 30-mile challenge organised by British Cycle. Other activities and attractions will include stalls, bike security, safety and maintenance, ‘have-a-go’ BMX and mountain bikes, children’s crafts, live music, a wheelie competition, the chance to win a £200 bike in the festival raffle and a visit from the Staffordshire Bike Bus.
Community Together CIC project lead Lee Bates said: “We’re very excited to bring the Cycle Festival to Tamworth. There will be something for everyone on the day from beginners to advanced riders.
“There is a lot of cycling activity across Tamworth and we wanted to bring those partners together to make the community aware of what’s on offer and how to get involved.
“This is a great time of year to start thinking about getting involved in cycling. It’s an activity that can be enjoyed as a family, by individuals and as a group. Plus, it’s social and it’s good for your physical health and mental health.”
Tamworth Cycle Festival is being organised in partnership with British Cycling, Tamworth BMX Club, Tamworth Mountain Bike Club, Tamworth Cycling Club, Dave Owen Cycles, 2 Wheels Only, Tamworth Borough Council, Staffordshire County Council and Staffordshire Police.
Festival-goers will be able to take part in the two-mile cycle, which will run throughout the day and will be marshalled by Tamworth Sea Cadets. Participants will be able to join the ride at any point with no registration required.
British Cycling’s 30-mile challenge will see cyclist ride from Tamworth Castle Grounds to Whittington Barracks, past Wilnecote’s 2 Wheels Only cycle shop and back into the town centre.
Activities will take place in and around Community Together CIC’s Activity Centre, based at the former Tamworth Swimming Baths site at 2 River Drive in the Castle Grounds, opposite the Tennis Courts.
Dave Owen cycles will be on hand on the day offering bike maintenance workshops and has donated a bike worth £200 for the raffle draw.
Jonny Paul, assistance manager at Dave Owen Cycles, said: “We’ve been here in the Castle Grounds for more than seven years and we’ve tried to help the community out as much as possible in that time so it’s nice to see different businesses and community groups involved in cycling come together for this festival. To celebrate that we are donating a bike up to the value of £200.
“We’re also looking forward to hosting a stall on the day where we will be helping to educate people in Tamworth on simple bike maintenance.”
Tamworth specialist cycle shop 2 Wheels Only is sponsoring the festival’s Wheelie Competition, which will begin at 1pm and offers competitors the chance to win cycling goodies.
2 Wheels Only company director Nik Wood said: “It’s great that everybody involved in cycling in Tamworth is coming together for the festival to encourage people to try cycling, ride more or get back on a bike if they haven’t been able to for some time.
“Lots of kids are about doing wheelies and they seem to be very good at it, so it’s cool to be able to put on a competition specifically for them that will enable them to put what they’ve learned into practice and win a prize.”
Tamworth Cycle Festival will take place on Saturday, June 30 from 11am to 4pm in the Castle Grounds.
For more information about the event call Community Together CIC on 01827 59646 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.