The Adventure Cycling Festival Launches This June

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With exhibitors from the outdoor and bikepacking world, plus a weekend full of talks and demonstrations from some big names in the bikepacking world, it looks like being a great weekend for anyone who’s not headed to the Fort William World Cup.

Photo shooting Bikepacking USA
Ortlieb will be there…

There will be firelighting demos, nutrition talks by Greg May of this parish, a slideshow from Richpips and son, bikepacking demos, tents and bivis to climb into, food and drink and it’s all set in the rather lovely Lakes. Star speaker will be world traveller (and not downhiller of a similar name) Mark Beaumont.

Trails are always dry in your dreams, right?


The festival takes place 2-4 June at Brathay Hall on the shores of Windermere. It’s a not-for-profit event that aims to “inspire people to use bikes for adventure, whether that’s a day in the mountains, a coast-to-coast epic, or an overnight bikepacking trip.”

The Event Village at Brathay Hall provides a hub from where organised activities will launch including a ‘cross challenge event’, guided overnight bikepacking trips across the Lakes, a loaded hill climb challenge, and self-guided trips. There will be the chance to try demo bikes and equipment, plus attend workshops, lectures and film screenings, and an evening bar with live music.

The headline speaker is adventure cycling royalty; Mark Beaumont, who held the world records for cycling around the world and riding across Africa solo. Also on the podium will be Pete McNeil from Adventure Pedlars, Greg May on riding the Tour Divide, and Ed Shoote from the We Love Mountains blog.

Potential for fun looks high
Have ambitions of this? Then get there…

Tickets cost £20 per person covering the whole weekend, with under-16s going free. The festival is in association with the Brathay Trust, a charitable organisation which aims to inspire children and young people to make positive changes that last a lifetime. The event is being run on a not-for-profit basis, with any surplus funds reinvested into subsequent festivals, or donated to charity.


Shand is one of the exhibitors there 

Confirmed supporters include Bombtrack Bikes, Exped, Halo Wheels, Light My Fire, Miss Grape, MSR, Ortlieb, Salsa, Shand, Surly and Thermarest. Workshops will be run by these companies plus Bearbones Bikepacking, Backcountry Scotland (packrafts), Ghyllside Cycles,, EDS Bikes and athletes at the event.

Event information is at plus @adventurecyclefestival on Facebook.


Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (2)

    Hope they change their minds and allow camping on the substantial grounds would be a game changer for the event IMHO spoke to quite a few people that said they were going but have changed their minds ! 🙁

    I’ll also probably be quite sleep deprived, so buy me a coffee 🙂

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