Chesterfield Cycle Festival

Chesterfield Cycle Festival

Cycle Chesterfield, a local community group dedicated to promoting cycling in Chesterfield, is gearing up for Chesterfield’s annual Festival of Cycling.

This year's festival runs from Friday 7 June to Sunday 16 June and aims to show-off the cycle infrastructure  in and around Chesterfield, promote cycling as an alternative means of transport and build links across Chesterfield communities.

The festival offers a diverse range of activities designed to cater to people of all abilities and ages. From guided rides at a steady, inclusive pace exploring the town's hidden gems to interesting talks by cycle adventurers, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

One of the festival's highlights is the Holmebrook Valley Park Cycle Funday, where families can enjoy a day of outdoor activities and games. This event not only fosters a sense of community but also encourages residents to embrace cycling as a fun and accessible recreational activity.

There will be a variety of themed, free, guided recreational rides which will demonstrate some of the cycling infrastructure in Chesterfield and the wider area, including the brand new section of the East/West route. Rides will generally start in the town centre and will head out in a range of directions, including rides taking in Grassmoor, Holymoorside and Hollingwood. The rides will proceed at a steady, inclusive pace.

In addition to rides, there will be a talk by author, adventurer and cyclist Emily Chappell. Emily was the first woman to finish the Transcontinental Race in 2016, has cycled across Asia from Turkey to China and has authored two books about her exploits. 

Moreover, the festival serves as a platform to showcase Chesterfield's cycling culture. From taster sessions for adapted bikes for disabled adults to BMXers showcasing their skills at Ringwood Park. to an exploration of some of the town's public art on the Art Trail ride, the festival celebrates the diversity and vibrancy of the local cycling community.

Cycle Chesterfield has been a driving force behind numerous initiatives aimed at improving cycling infrastructure and awareness in the area. Through lobbying efforts and community outreach programs, the group continues to push for safer streets and better cycling amenities, not only improving the quality of life for residents but also contributing to a greener, more resilient future for our community.

You can find out more about the festival by visiting the Cycle Chesterfield website.

Last updated on 04 April 2024