Highland Perthshire Cycling Festival 2012 Programme Launched


Highland Perthshire Cycling (HPC), a community group who promote and develop cycling in Highland Perthshire, have put together a diverse range of (mainly) free road and mountain bike events, aimed at cyclists of all ages and abilities, that will be staged across the region from Friday 4th to Sunday 13th of May.


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This year's Festival has a busy roster of races, guided rides (with local enthusiasts both on and off road), skills sessions, workshops, women's events, a schools programme, family fun days and cultural events; all culminating in the legendary Etape Caledonia Sportive weekend. 


Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland said: 'Scotland is the perfect stage for cycling events and the team at the Highland Perthshire Cycling Festival have created a programme that will engage cyclists of all ages and abilities. From the BIG Day with the iconic Scottish cyclist Graeme Obree, to the Women's Cycle Workshop and the Tay Titans Highland Perthshire Cyclo Cross, this family friendly festival will appeal to both the local cycling community and visitors to the region.'


Highlights of this year's family focused festival include:


For women only:

  • Women's Cycle Workshop, Aberfeldy, 6 May.  A day long workshop for women to improve skills and confidence run by Mission WOW
  • Women's Guided Bike Ride, 4 May - a relaxed off-road cycle up and around Loch Ordie


For the family:

  • The BIG Day with Graeme Obree, Aberfeldy - 12 May - A community and family focused fun cycle day with Scottish cycling legend Graeme Obree.  The Clan stunt display team, a giant air bag to test jumping skills, races, demo's, an obstacle course, stalls, bouncy castles, cyclo cross, cycling polo competition music and food.
  • Progression Bikes Cycle Fun Day, Dunkeld, 5 May and Highland Safaris Cycle Fun Day, Aberfeldy, 6 May - skills sessions, pump tracks and skills loop time trials, coaching, and bike hire.
  • Tay Titans Fun Night, Birnam, 7 May - Tay Titans youth cycle club event for parents and the community with races, activities, refreshments.  All welcome.


Races and competitions

  • Tay Titans Highland Perthshire Cyclo Cross, 5 May - A youth Cyclo Cross competition for individuals and clubs across Scotland.


There will also be skills courses, including Etape Caledonia training, coaching sessions, talks, promotions and a programme of ride outs with local enthusiasts across the regions.


Emma Burtles of Highland Perthshire Cycling said: 'Highland Perthshire Cycling works collaboratively with many local groups, schools and businesses in the region to make the festival a fun, inclusive and community focused event.  This, combined with the fantastic support from the public and private sectors, has enabled us to put together a very strong events programme this year. We hope it will encourage cyclists from Highland Perthshire and all over the UK to visit, get involved and above all sample the fantastic opportunities for cycling on and off road throughout our cycle friendly Highland Perthshire.'


For more information on Highland Perthshire Cycling and The  Highland Perthshire Cycling Festival visit Highland Perthshire Cycling



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