Millennium Festival of Cycling (MFC)

This article was published in 2000, in Newsletter 29.

This year the National Bike Week will be a big event, and is renamed the Millennium Festival of Cycling . Locally, the Cambridge Cycling Campaign is working with the CTC Cambridge District Association to provide a great mix of events, with something for everyone. Unless stated otherwise, details of all Cambridge Cycling Campaign events are available from Clare or Simon. For CTC events, contact Mike.

In 1997 we organised cycle awards for the best (Golden Bell) and worst (Chocolate Chain) aspects of cycling in Cambridge. These generated much interest, so we will do them again this year, concentrating on what has happened for cyclists in Cambridge during the past three years. We will put ballot papers in the Cambridge Evening News, and Hobbs’ Pavilion will be the collection point.

In the weeks before the Festival we would like to publish articles promoting cycling in the Cambridge Evening News . So far, titles include Three Simple Ways to Make Cycling a Pleasure , Mountain Biking for Softies and Commuting in Cambridge: Surviving and Enjoying it . Ideas for other articles are very welcome: please contact Mike Stapleton or Simon Nuttall.

A banner will hang across Guildhall Street (between the Guildhall and the River Island clothes shop). This will say Millennium Festival of Cycling and give the dates, the Web address and the Campaign phone number.

This year, as in previous years, we will invite local tourist attractions to offer discounts to people who arrive by bike throughout the week. As letters to potential attractions will be sent out earlier than last year, we expect to have even more places to visit.

CTC cycling legend Donnex Claydon has taken some great photos over seventy years of cycling. He has agreed to provide a photo exhibition in Cambridge Central Library throughout the Millennium Festival of Cycling. To accompany Donnex’s photos, we need some cycle-related posters to put up on the (hessian covered) walls. If you can help, please let either Mike or Simon know.

As part of the Sustrans Longest Ride programme, local cyclists will be able to ride routes passing through National Trust properties which converge on Midsummer’s Common from four start points: Bury St. Edmunds (via through Anglesey Abbey), March (via Wicken Fen), Braintree (via Hatfield Forest) and Huntingdon (via Houghton Mill).

The Welney Bird Reserve will probably be one of the Arrive by Bike destinations, so the CTC are planning a trip to take advantage of the fact! Further details will be available nearer the event on the CTC Cambridge DA calendar. Bring your binoculars!

We need lots of helpers for these events. Please get in touch with one of us if you can help with any part of the Festival.

article – Myra Van Inwegen phone423473
contact Simon Nuttall phone500902
Clare Macrae phone 336024 (day) 501050 (early eve)
or Mike Stapleton phone (01763) 261241 e-mail

MFC (provisional) events diary: June 17-25

Sat 17
Dr. Bike (possibly a joint CCC/CTC event). 10am to 3pm in Guildhall Street.
Sat 17 to Sun 25
Exhibition of Donnex Claydon’s cycling photos in the Guildhall.
Sun 18
CTC 100-mile rides and the usual short afternoon ride.
Mon 19
CTC ride to the Shuttleworth Collection.
Tues 20
Free Cyclist’s Breakfast at Hobbs’ Pavilion. A chance to hobnob with fellow cyclists while eating breakfast. We need volunteers to help out: if you can help, please contact Clare Macrae.
Tues 20
CTC Retired Persons ride Burwash Manor/Wheatsheaf Harlton.
Tues 20
CTC Pensioner’s Lunch.
Wed 21
CTC Dawn Ride to watch the sun rise over Wandlebury on the longest day of the year.
Wed 21
Sustrans’ Longest Ride local rides let you celebrate the official opening of the first 5000 miles of National Cycle Network (details of which are available on the Sustrans Website). Details of the local Longest Ride routes are described above.
Wed 21
Public Meeting/Discussion on the theme of ‘Past, Present and Future Cycling’.
Thurs 22
CTC ride to Welney Bird Reserve (likely to be one of the Arrive by Bike locations). See below for details.
Thurs 22
CTC Evening Mountain Bike Ride.
Fri 23
Millennium Festival of Cycling Dinner. We will celebrate cycling with a grand dinner, and we will present the Cycle Awards.
Fri 23 to Sun 25
CTC York Rally. This year the rally promises to be bigger and better than ever, with an extra day for celebrations. Full details are at
Sat 24
Midsummer Night’s Dream event. A bike-related film show.
Sat 24
CTC ride to Houghton Mill.
Sun 25
Cyclethon. A Cycling Campaign mass-participation ride in which children and parents ride short routes from local schools and converge on either Jesus Green or Midsummer Common. We hope the Cambridge Community Circus entertain us at the finish. We hope to have some unusual bikes there as well, perhaps a group of Penny Farthing riders in tweeds! If you have any suggestions for entertainment that is cheap and which would particularly appeal to kids, please contact Myra, Clare or Simon.