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Celebrate cycling with the Ride Leicester festival

Published on Wednesday, August 10, 2016

WORKSHOPS, guided rides, bike try-outs and training sessions will all be part of this year’s Ride Leicester festival, a two-week celebration of all things cycling.

The festival kicks off on Saturday 13 August with the Castle Classic sportive, a timed ride around the Leicestershire countryside with routes covering 50km, 100km and 160km for keen amateur riders.

This is followed by a day of cycle racing in Leicester city centre on Sunday 14 August, with a programme of races including youth racing in the morning and the elite Castle Classic race at 3pm.

All the races are free to watch along the traffic-free route, which takes in the King Power stadium, Mile Straight and Leicester Castle.

A selection of activities taking place during the Ride Leicester festival includes:

  • On Monday 15 August, Evington Bicycle Club will be running one of its regular cycle training events at Evington Park. People can come along to learn how to ride a bike and find out more about the basics of bike maintenance. Call 0116 273 9050 to book.
  • Leicester Forest Cycle Club will also be running its Junior Rockets session, for five to 16-year-olds, at New College on 15 August. The sessions, which cost £3, are open to any five to 16-year-olds who want to have fun on a bike, as long as they have a helmet and a bike that is in working order. For more details or to book a place, email .
  • On Wednesday 17 August, from 11am-3pm, there will be a mini cycling festival at Rally Park. There will be bike try-outs, basic bike checks from Dr Bike and the chance for both adults and children to learn cycling skills.
  • There will be a Ride Leicester bike park in place for Leicester’s biggest outdoor cinema at Jubilee Square on Friday 19 August. This means people will be able to cycle to the open-air cinema, which will be showing The Jungle Book as part of the Indian Summer festival.
  • On Tuesday 23 August, Leicester Women’s Velo cycle club will be leading a ride called the Ratby Ramble – a two-hour social ride departing from Leicester Cathedral at 6pm. See for details.
  • There are Wheels For All bike try-outs on Friday 26 August at Braunstone Leisure Centre, giving people with disabilities the chance to try cycling on a range of specially adapted bikes. The sessions run from 10am to 6pm. For more information, search ‘Leicester Wheels For All’ on Facebook.
  • Leicester Women’s Velo will be running their women’s cycling project on Saturday 27 August, teaching women and girls from all backgrounds and communities the basic skills and confidence they need to get on a bike. To find out more email
  • Balanceability sessions, where children get the chance to try out balance bikes, take place on Cossington Street ball court (9.45am) and Spinney Hill Park ball court (11.30am) on 16 & 23 August. Contact for details.

The Ride Leicester festival – which is organised by the city council in partnership with British Cycling – concludes with the ever-popular Sky Ride on Sunday 28 August. 

Sky Ride will see thousands of people travel into the city centre on two wheels to take advantage of a 6km traffic-free route around the city centre, packed with cycle-themed events and activities along the route. Find out more at