Stamford to host Lincolnshire’s first ever cycling festival

STAMFORD is gearing up to host Lincolnshire’s first ever cycling festival.

A range of groups including Stamford Town Council and Rutland Cycling have come together to plan the Stamford Cycling Festival which will take place on Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1.

The event will take place between the Recreation Ground and Stamford Arts Centre and will promote safe cycling in the town.

David Middlemiss is the marketing manager at Rutland Cycling and is also on the festival organising committee. He said: “We have a lot of things in the pipeline. There are some really exciting ideas.

“There has been a growth in cycling festivals around the country but it has never been done in Lincolnshire. It is designed to appeal to anybody and it will hopefully become an annual event.”

Mr Middlemiss hopes the festival will capitalise on the growing popularity of cycling across Britain.

He added: “It has a higher profile than ever with Mark Cavendish as BBC Sports Personality of the Year. The Olympics are coming up and cycling is probably going to be our strongest event.”

Although no activities have yet been confirmed for the weekend, the committee is hoping to get the people of Stamford and the surrounding area on their bikes for the day. Stamford Arts Centre will put on a mini-season of cycling films.

The event has the full support of Stamford Town Council, South Kesteven District Council and Lincolnshire County Council. Stamford Transition Town, which promotes healthy living, is also heavily involved.

The committee is keen for people to get involved and share their thoughts. Mr Middlemiss said: “I would encourage people to participate. If people want to get involved they can get in touch with ideas. We would like to get people cycling during the weekend.”

If you would like to volunteer on the day or have an idea for an activity, call Mr Middlemiss at Rutland Cycling on 01572 737626.