The 6th Cork Cycling Festival is calling citizens to saddle up for a week of free events on two wheels. Taking place from 20th – 28th July, the festival will see Corkonians take to their bikes, celebrate bicycle culture, and explore the city by bike.

There are longer cycling tours and shorter spins across the city including music, history, and as Gaeilge cycles. Other events include a night of cycling movies at the Velo Cinema, Bike Fair, cycle safety training, art exhibitions, workshops, and an end-of-festival party and barbeque. Kids’ temporary tattoos will be available again this year after proving a big hit in 2012.

Saturday the 20th of July marks the start of the festival which will be officially opened at the Unitarian Church on Princes Street. Back due to popular demand is photographer Marcin Lewandowski’s Bike Portraits where visitors are invited to come along and get a professional portrait taken with their bicycle. There will also be the opportunity get bikes festival-ready at the Bling your Bike workshop in advance of the photoshoot.

Over the next nine days participants will be treated to a series of cycles in the city with the Cork Curiosity Cycles. For those who’d like to venture further, join in with one of the longer Cork Surrounds Cycles and Long Touring Trips.

For those ready to give their loyal steed a break there is plenty of opportunity to enjoy the festival on two feet. Get inspired by film at the Cycle Cinema, take advantage of expert advice at Cycle Safety Training, learn to maintain and repair your bike at the Bike Basics workshop, or admire the work at the Art on Two Wheels Exhibition.

Saturday 27th will see the second edition of the rollicking Vintage Velo Run, followed by a Party & Barbeque which will feature the return of the hugely popular My Lovely Bike  beauty contest as well as Bike Polo.

The Bike Fair is in its second year and takes place on Sunday 28th July. Last year saw stands coming from all over the country to showcase and retail the very best in bicycle accessories and fashion as well as bikes of all shapes and styles, as well as food and refreshment stalls. The 2012 event was very well supported and organisers are hoping that the 2013 edition will have the same buzz.

 

Follow this link for a full programme of events: http://www.corkcyclingfestival.com