Cycle Sunday in Barnstaple


Posted on: 8 September 2015

Packed crowds are expected to attend a free celebration of cycling at Rock Park in Barnstaple on Sunday 20 September, when two of the world’s leading extreme athletes go head-to-head in a man versus machine demonstration.

Mountain bike trials professional Andrei Burton will be pitted against free-runner Pip Trix at the Cycle Sunday event, which will take place from 10am to 4pm.

The one-day event has been organised by a partnership including Devon County Council, Westcountry Cycle Training and the Department for Transport, and sponsored by Barnstaple Town Council. Andrei will be demonstrating his breath-taking cycling skills at 11am, 1pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm.

Cycle Sunday will feature a range of other fun and exciting activities aimed at inspiring and motivating more people to cycle more often.

Local ‘Active Devon’ schools, working with Sustrans will be taking part in the grand arrival of a guided bike ride around the town, rolling into the park at 10:15am.

Families will be invited to test their balance at the crazy bikes cycle circus, with the opportunity to ride unicycles, mini bikes, reverse steering bikes, bronco-bikes, Penny Farthings, and even an unrideable bike. There will be cycle football and slow races, courtesy of Sustrans.

Taw Velo Cycle Club will be hosting Go-Ride under 16 novice races. Go-Ride is British Cycling’s development programme, which provides a safe and fun way to introduce young riders to the world of cycle sport. Entry fee is £3, and you can register on the day. Email enquiries to

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for cycling, said: “Cycle Sunday promises to be an inspiring day for all the family. There’s plenty for people of all ages to get involved with. For anyone who hasn’t been on a bike recently, this event will be an opportunity for them to come along and rekindle their enthusiasm. Hopefully it will encourage everybody to cycle more regularly.”

Councillor John Mathews, Devon County Councillor for Barnstaple South, said: “I am glad Devon County Council is co-organising this event in Rock Park. This is a fun event for the whole family but has a serious side to encourage people to get on their bike to help themselves and the environment.”

The day will also include an Art Cycle Trail, organised in partnership with a number of local community groups and volunteers, including Jiggy Wrigglers, Children’s Summer Club, Ist Landkey Guides, North Devon Sunrise and Children’s Centre Services. Families will be encouraged to cycle around a cycle route within Rock Park, stopping at ‘stations’ to decorate their bikes, make junk models, wooden tree decorations, large tile mosaics, or paintings.

One hour free cycle hire of adult, child and tag along bikes will be available, and there will be a Tarka Treasure Trail, organised by North Devon Biosphere.

Babies and toddlers can enjoy a ride in the Active Mums and babies bike ride taster sessions where bikes, helmets and trailers, or baby seats, are all provided. There will also be the chance to find out more about volunteering to become a qualified Active Mums ride leader at the Active Mums stand.

There is an opportunity to sit in a William C. Hockin lorry where you can experience for yourself the blind spots which face lorry drivers. Lorries have blind spots in front of the cab, on both sides and behind the vehicle, and cyclists should be aware not to stop anywhere where the driver may not be able to see you.

Devon & Cornwall Police will be providing free cycle security tagging and there will be free Dr Bike maintenance checks offered by Bike Shed and Carb Cycles. Devon County Council’s Travel Devon team will also be on hand to provide information about cycle routes, cycle training, as well as demonstrating how to fix a puncture.

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1 comment on “Cycle Sunday in Barnstaple

  1. David Robinson says:

    Well done.
    A good idea
    Are there any plans for rides for very slow riders and in the southern part of Devon

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