Bringing cycling to all

Angus will host its second cycling festival later this year which organisers say will be bigger and better than last year’s inaugural event.

The month-long event was organised by Angus Cycling Hub, to showcase local talent through races and fun activities and to highlight the need for better infrastructure locally.

The group’s aim is to bring cycling and its health benefits to everyone; last year’s festival included 11 different activities and races with more than 530 participants and 500 visitors, who cycled a combined 5299 miles.

The estimated economic impact for Angus was almost £10,000.

Scott Francis, the hub founder said: “The festival is important to Angus because currently there are not enough cycling facilities, infrastructure and pathways for people to enjoy the sport in Angus.

“We can capitalise on Cycle Tourism within the region as it is completely untapped at the moment. The money generated from the festival will help build and fund better infrastructure and opportunities for cyclists in the region.

“Angus is one of only seven local authorities in Scotland to not have a regional cycling development policy. The hub proposes to start a number of initiatives to tackle this.”

From applying for funding to run projects, to meetings to develop long term sustainability for cycling, working with Angus Council to promote cycling through better signs, trails and getting information to those who want to cycle, the Angus Cycle Festival offers the perfect vehicle to work toward achieving this.

The festival this year is over August and September with events all across Angus for all ages. Kids races to Enduros, pump tracks to airbags, there will be something for everyone. The main festival will take place in the Reid Park, Forfar on September 26 and 27 with trade stands, food and drink stalls, face painting, demo bikes and live music. Details from http://www.anguscyclehub.co.uk/anguscyclingfestival and https://www.facebook.com/anguscyclehub