Endurance race and festival planned to mark end of Angus Cycling Festival

Angus Cycling Festival is kicking into gear this month.
Angus Cycling Festival is kicking into gear this month.

Angus’s first Cycling Festival is promising a month of biking shenanigans through August and September.

Events kicked off with a recent Triathlon and is set to finish with a two-day festival on September 13-14 and Mountain Bike Enduro race, which will be based in Forfar.

The events and festival are being made possible by a funding contribution from Angus Council through the ERDF East of Scotland Rural Tourism Business Support Project and supplemented by funds and volunteer time from local clubs.

Councillor Mairi Evans, Angus Council’s tourism spokeswoman, said: “I am delighted that Angus Council is supporting this new festival which will hopefully become an annual event.

“There is something for everyone, and it will attract visitors into Angus as well as providing enjoyable activities for local residents. I urge everyone to dust off their bikes.”

Organisers Angus Cycle Hub and The Scottish Mountain Bike Consortium have teamed up with numerous local clubs and organisations to offer free taster sessions throughout the two months.

Scott Francis from Angus Cycle Hub said: “The response has been fantastic from local clubs and there is a real enthusiasm to showcase the fantastic cycling and mountain biking available in Angus. We are hoping that we can make this a yearly event if it’s a success and we see this as the first stepping stone to start a co-ordinated approach to developing cycling in Angus.

“In the future we hope to help raise the profile of Angus as a cycling destination, extend the cycling, ‘bikeability’ and MTB coaching for schools and the community, help develop and support local cycling and mountain biking initiatives and support local businesses to capitalise on cycle tourism and encourage economic growth through cycling.”

The culmination of the festival will be two days of cycling fun on September 13 and 14 at The Reid Hall in Forfar.