Rutland Cycling to host launch of festival

Rutland Cycling at Whitwell, Rutland Water
Rutland Cycling at Whitwell, Rutland Water
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A two-week cycling festival will launch this weekend.

Rutland Cycling in Bull Brigg Lane, Whitwell, will host the start of the Big Family Cycling fortnight from midday on Thursday to 4pm on Sunday.

The festival, run by Active Rutland, includes a series of rides designed to get as many people involved in cycling as possible.

Sunday’s event will feature electric bike tasters, demonstration from professional freestyle BMX rider Keelan Phillips, inflatables, stalls from national bike suppliers and refreshments from the Harbour Café.

Oakham-based Catmose Sports will lead a studio cycling class on the day. Anyone interested in joining the class can contact the sports centre on 01572 490030.

The Big Family Cycling festival is part of a wider programme of walking and cycling events run this month by Active Rutland.

Last weekend Ketton Sports Association hosted the county’s annual walking festival. The day featured a three and five-mile walk starting and finishing at the sports club which attracted more than 50 people.

Staff from Catmose Sports Centre were on hand to provide free water bottles to all walkers and also to provide free health checks. Centre manager Matt Chamberlain said: “As a community sports centre we feel it is important to get involved in local events and help in any way we can.”

A full list of walking and cycling events, which run until May 31, can be found online at