The second edition of the Orbital Cycling Festival, held at Goodwood Motor Circuit, is back on July 26th to 27th 2014.
Celebrating all things cycling, the event combines attractions for every variety of cyclist from mountain biking, to a recumbent bike race, to a keirin race and family ride-outs. There’s also entertainment and attractions for visitors.
Last year over 6,000 cycling fans and their friends and family came along and the team behind the show anticipates upwards of 10,000 arriving this year.
“Our goal is to bring all cyclists together for an exciting weekend of all things cycling," said Antony Auty, Orbital Cycling Festival founder. "We’ve made sure there’s lots for everyone to do, even the non-cyclists of your group. It’s an opportunity to bring all the family or to have a fun weekend away with friends. Last year was Orbital’s first year and it was a huge success. We can’t wait for July.”
The Brompton World Championship will be held over the weekend, drawing participants from across the globe, while the Orbital 500 road race has a prize pot of £5,000. See the full event list here. The Paddock Expo, located next to the race track, will feature the latest bikes, apparel, parts and accessories. There’s also a bike jumble and market area in the Tower Fayre. Attendees can catch up on the latest Tour de France action, over locally produced food and drink, on the big screen showing the last two days of the race.
Different cycle stunt teams and displays will be in action, featuring Blake Samson and free runner Luke Madigan. There’s a demo track for everyone to use and flatland BMX star Matti Hemmings will be showing off his skills and providing workshops for children looking to learn new moves. There will be balance bikes for the under-5′s and the kids will be safe and contained on the pump track, giving parents some time to relax. For 6 to 10-year-olds, there will be Go-Ride training delivered by qualified coaches. Para-cyclists will have access to the all-inclusive riding environment at Orbital Cycling Festival and can join in some of the racing action.
New for 2014 are two box fresh mountain bike events on the South Downs – a challenging enduro and an off-road sportive along local trails and bridleways. Teams of four representing companies small and large will be drawn to the Orbital TT comprising a 3 event schedule – 4-up time trial, road race and team relay.
Orbital Cycling Festival’s partners include, Bikesoup; British Cycling; Brompton; Cycling Time Trials; Goodwood Motor Circuit and CTC.
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