This article was published in 2019, in Magazine 144.
From science to culture and road bikes to cargo bikes, there is something for everyone at the 2019 Cambridge Festival of Cycling.
The festival launches with the Camcycle social ride and picnic to Milton Country Park: enjoy a leisurely ride for all ages along the river and bring your own picnic to enjoy with family and friends. The ride departs from the Guildhall at 11am and Green Dragon Bridge around 11.15am. We’re also joining CTC Cambridge for two rides this year, both 35-miles long. The Hought’n Back ride visits Houghton Mill on Tuesday 3 September and the Highways and Byways ride takes cyclists on a scenic circuit of Cambridge on Saturday 14 September.
Celebrating cargo cycling
Our Cargo Carnival will be back on Saturday 21 September, beginning with a cargo parade around the city and ending with cargo bike trials, stalls and food at Lammas Land. We’ll also be joined by staff from Tees Law who will be drawing the winning entries in our CamcycleQuest treasure hunt competition.
Cargo bikes are also celebrated at this year’s film screening on Saturday 28 September. MOTHERLOAD is a crowdsourced documentary about the global movement of people who are swapping cars for cargo cycles. It celebrates the history and power of the cargo cycle, and asks whether it might just be the antidote to the problems of consumerism, isolation and the digital age.
From theatre to technology
Two new events for this year are a performance of Much Ado About Nothing by cycling theatre company the Handlebards in the grounds of Childerley Hall, and CamcycleTech, an event exploring the science and technology of cycling in collaboration with the Museum of Technology and the Cavendish Laboratory.
We’d welcome more volunteers to help make the festival a success. If you could be a ride marshal, greet new people or help on our stall bike, get in touch.
For a full list of festival events, visit cambridgefestivalofcycling.org
Family Cycle Ride and Picnic
Sunday 1 September, 11am
Milton Country Park (meet at the Guildhall or Green Dragon Bridge).
HOUGHT’N BACK RIDE WITH CTC CAMBRIDGE
Tuesday 3 September, 10.30am
Meet at Cambridge North station.
BIZARRE BIKING: MONTHLY MEETING WITH ROB AINSLEY
Tuesday 3 September, 8pm
(with refreshments from 7.30pm)
Discover Britain’s quirkiest rides at this talk at Friends Meeting House.
EXPLORING THE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY OF CYCLING
Saturday 7 September, 10am – 4pm
Interactive family fun, fascinating talks and exciting exhibits at the Cambridge Museum of Technology, in collaboration with the Cavendish Laboratory outreach team.
HIGHWAYS and Byways RIDE WITH CTC CAMBRIDGE
Saturday 14 September, 10.30am
Meet at Madingley Park & Ride.
CAMCYCLE PRESeNTS THE HANDLEBARDS AT CHILDERLEY
Sunday 15 September, 3-6pm
Enjoy an open-air Shakespeare performance with bicycles in the beautiful gardens of Childerley Hall.
CAMCYCLE’S CARGO CARNIVAL
Saturday 21 September, 11am – 4pm
Our flagship event features a cargo bike parade through Cambridge and fun for all ages on Lammas Land.
MOTHERLOAD FILM SCREENING
Saturday 28 September, 3-5.30pm
Join us at the Clay Farm Centre for movie night fun with refreshments from Mac Daddy and Beanissimo.