Fife set for a festival of cycling this summer

Fife will host many cycling events this summer, including the 'Squirrel Crit'. (Photo courtesy of Jim Payne)
Fife will host many cycling events this summer, including the 'Squirrel Crit'. (Photo courtesy of Jim Payne)

Fife is set to host another summer of cycling following on from the success of the first Cycling Festival last year.

The festival will be held across the Kingdom and promises to offer something for cyclists at every level, from beginners to racers.

The Council’s Active Fife team has been working with cycling clubs, triathlon clubs, Fife College, CTC – The National Cycling Charity, Scottish Cycling, and Spokes Cycles to help support a range of cycling activities and races throughout the summer.

First up, Dunfermline will host a closed road criterium race know as a Crit – or in this case, #SquirrelCrit as it affectionately became known on Twitter during last year’s race.

The timed evening event, on Thursday, June 4, will see cyclists race for 40 minutes on a lap that will take in the town centre and Pittencrieff Park.

The British National Junior Road Race Series is due to come to Kennoway on Sunday, June 7, where a field made up of the best 100 youth riders in the country will take on a 75-mile route. It’s the first time in 25 years that the race has returned to Scotland.

Other festival events on offer will include a community cycling event at Fife College, various CycleStart led rides, children’s triathlons and large Cyclocross events.

Councillor Mark Hood, Fife Council executive member, said: “This packed programme is thanks to the great cycling community that we have here in Fife – one that is developing all the time.

“Volunteers of all ages and abilities are coming together to help deliver the festival which aims to put Fife firmly on the cycling map.

“Whilst we may be playing host to some flagship races, this festival isn’t just for keen cyclists.

“It’s a priority for Fife Council to help to develop cycling locally for all ages and abilities and there’s never been a better incentive for Fifers to get involved than our summer of cycling.

“Cycling is a great way for families to be active. We have growing cycling clubs coaching children and young people, opportunities to learn to ride safely through Bikeability in Schools and with over 350 miles of cycleways and lots of 20mph residential zones, we live in an ideal place to get on your bike.

“I hope this festival encourages people across Fife to give it a go!”

The festival programme is continuing to be developed by the Council and Fife’s cycling community.

You can see the events that have been finalised so far by visiting the CycleFest website

Any groups organising cycling events this summer – and would like to be part of the festival – should contact the Council’s cycling development officer on 01383 602393.