Cycling is one of the most straightforward sports practiced around the world. Apart from being a sport, it is a recreational activity massively appreciated all around the world. It has not only brought people together from various parts of the world but also been regarded as important enough to result in festivals. It gets interesting further because not only two-wheeled cycles are included. There are unicycles, tricycles and human-powered vehicles. Cycling festivals have become a much more needed recreational getaway activity. They are not a one-day festival but are somewhat stretched out to cover different times in a year mainly in Europe and other parts of the world. These festivals involve a variety of other recreational activities too.
This post highlights the most popular ones.
La Medocaine (France, 19-20 May)
La Medocaine is a popular cycling festival hosted in the Medoc wine region located in the southern part of France. This festival is dotted with whole fun owing to what the area is known for. Wine and more wine. The seven routes to be followed are of different distances 20-80 km with each one linking up to many vineyards and chateaus en route. These routes include trails leading to forests; others are steep and bumpy as well. The organizers encourage riders to dress up fancily as one desires from, Jurassic characters to minions. The best part about finishing this race despite the hangover of the various wines en route receive-yes, you got it, more wine from the best of vineyards. Music and dance not to mention a banquet for a king are dished out to the most bonkers. Concluding this festival is the La Medocaine way. More wine.
Edinburgh Festival (Edinburgh, June 7-24)
It has been regarded and named one of Britain’s best cycling festival by several magazines and journals. Held in the capital of Scotland, this festival goes on for a fortnight and a half with a staggeringly gravid variety of activities. There is an indulgence for everyone who attends it including, World Naked Bike Ride, night races and other tour routes meant to view the scenic city. The related courses for use in the festival by bikers were more or less 30 km. Several Group Riding Workshops and talk sessions meant to boost your confidence as you ride on the roads are in place as well as the Electric Bike test, and old cycling market. All of these exciting activities make Edinburgh a position to be during this festival.
Beckoning Swiss Vintage Cycling Festival (Gstaad Switzerland, August, 26-27)
This being a vintage Swiss Cycling festival, everything vintage is being celebrated. The bikers dress and pose in vintage clothing and cycle vintage bikes. The basic rule to participate is that the bikes and cycling kits strictly have to be pre-1986, the year the first modern bikes were supposedly invented. The two villages are the only free to enter from communities. Pedaleur de Charme which cruises for 15-29 km and the other BergKonig also known as the King of the Mountains which is a 121km route. This particular route passes over a steep historical 2860 m of ascent. Winners are awarded according to categories in which they lie, e.g., Oldest Bike, Loveliest Tandem Couple, and Rarest Vintage Jersey.
Cycle Zydeco (Louisiana-USA, April 4-8)
Hosted in South Louisiana in the USA, cycle Zydeco is festival commonly known as on wheels. The main routes are averaged to more or less 65km stretch. Longer routes are also on offer stretching to about 100 km. These routes have various points of indulgence including, the charming Cajun Country on a bike, the unique cultures of the USA, swamp tours, fantastic food, local dance by live music and brewed drinks to name a few.
Aber Cycle Fest (Aberystwyth, Wales, May 22-30)
In eight years consecutively, this festival does not cease to grow. Hosted in West Wales, it has various activities lined up for attendees. A film night, time trials and guided night rides are a tip of the iceberg. There are races for all ages judging from professionals to school races for students.
In conclusion, cycle festivals are much more than what they seem. There are more positive experiences for those who attend, participants or not. Other activities linking up to the festivals make them all the more entertaining. There is more community empowerment, and one doesn’t leave the same way they came, rather a happier person with skills learned.