Ride Leicester festival brings two weeks of two-wheeled fun
Published on Monday, August 19, 2019
LEICESTER’s two-week festival of two-wheeled fun is getting under way with races, guided rides, talks and tours.
The city council’s Ride Leicester festival, which runs from 17-31 August, is an annual celebration of Leicester’s cycling scene and a chance for everyone to get on a bike, regardless of age or ability.
A highlight of the festival is HSBC UK Let’s Ride Leicester – a mass participation ride that will see thousands of people ride round Leicester city centre on 25 August, on streets that will be closed to traffic and opened up for people to enjoy.
The festival also includes Bike Jam at Ellesmere College on Tuesday 20 August, where riders of all ages are invited to ride the BMX pump track and mountain bike trails, get a free bike safety check and make cycle-powered ‘spin art’.
On Wednesday 21 August, there’s the chance to Ride the Stadium with Leicester Wheels for All. Aimed at older people and those with disabilities, this event – which starts at 4pm – will provide adapted bikes and rickshaws so that people can take a ride round Saffron Lane athletics stadium.
The festival will also offer guided rides to explore Leicester’s heritage and green spaces. The Watermead Wander, on Wednesday 21 August, will take in Watermead Country Park, while the Imperial Ride, on Wednesday 28 August, marks the history of Leicester’s Imperial Typewriter Company.
On Saturday 24 August, at Orso coffee shop, 4 Market Place, professional rider Thomas Raeymaekers, from Belgium, will share his experiences as a cyclist. Thomas rides with Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team, and will talk about being part of a team where all riders compete with type 1 diabetes. Leicester is the first UK city to join Cities Changing Diabetes, a worldwide programme to raise awareness of diabetes.
And on Bank Holiday Monday, 26 August, there’s a full day of amateur racing at Leicester Cycle Circuit, based at New College. The Castle Classic race day will include women and youth-only races, plus the final round of the National Paracycling Road and Time Trial Series.