Original Bicycle Festival

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The Original Bicycle Festival is a brand new festival of cycling, to be held in Dumfries & Galloway in 2009. From 9 to 24 May the packed programme of cyclingthemed activities and events will complement the World Mountain Bike Conferenceon Sustainability that is being staged in Dumfries from 12 to15 May. TheFestival will celebrate the mountain bike and road cycling trails and richcycling heritage of the south west of Scotland.

The sixteen day Festival will promote access and participation in cycling inthe region through a varied and exciting programme of open mountain bike androad cycling events, guided rides and coaching sessions, youth and women'sactivities, a film festival and music.

The festival will cater for both residents and visitors alike; people of allages from families with children to youth groups and 'weekend warriors' tocycling commuters, the over 50's and those new to the sport but keen to have ago.

During the festival, venues throughout Dumfries and Galloway including theworld renowned 7stanes mountain bike trail centres, Drumlanrig Castle, DG Onein Dumfries - the Council's showcase Regional Leisure Complex, the EasterbrookHall and Dumfries town centre will showcase the region to cyclists of allabilities.

Dumfries and Galloway is understandably proud of its cycling heritage, both oldand new - from Kirkpatrick 'Pate' Macmillan, inventor of the first pedalbicycle in the 19th Century to the now annual arrival of the Tour of Britain.The existing programme of cycling events that take place in Dumfries & Gallowayeach year have not only acted as a catalyst for further cycling development inthe area but have also showcased the positive contribution cycling, in all itsdisciplines, can make to the communities where it occurs. A number of eventsand activities during the festival will capitalize on this rich and longstanding cycling heritage.

The Original Bicycle festival will be delivered by a solid partnership ofgovernment agencies, local government and community groups, sporting agenciesand volunteers. Partners and stakeholders include Dumfries and Galloway Council- Economic Regeneration and Leisure and Sport, Forestry Commission Scotland,VisitScotland, Scottish Cycling, Steppingstanes (youth coaching voluntaryagency) and Dumfries and Galloway Mountain Bike Business Network.

The full programme for The Original Bicycle Festival will be announced 0n 12February 2009

The Original Bicycle Festival website: www.originalbicyclefestival.co.uk -Holding page

Please Note: The website will not be functional until February 2009 when theprogramme is announced.

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Dumfries and Galloway is understandably proud of its cycling heritage, both oldand new - from Kirkpatrick 'Pate' Macmillan, inventor of the first pedalbicycle in the 19th Century to the now annual arrival of the Tour of Britain.The existing programme of cycling events that take place in Dumfries & Gallowayeach year have not only acted as a catalyst for further cycling development inthe area but have also showcased the positive contribution cycling, in all itsdisciplines, can make to the communities where it occurs. A number of eventsand activities during the festival will capitalize on this rich and longstanding cycling heritage.


The Original Bicycle festival will be delivered by a solid partnership ofgovernment agencies, local government and community groups, sporting agenciesand volunteers. Partners and stakeholders include Dumfries and Galloway Council- Economic Regeneration and Leisure and Sport, Forestry Commission Scotland,VisitScotland, Scottish Cycling, Steppingstanes (youth coaching voluntaryagency) and Dumfries and Galloway Mountain Bike Business Network. The Original Bicycle Festival website: www.originalbicyclefestival.co.uk -Holding page

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