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Get on yer bike for a week of fun!

Stunt riders display their skills at last year’s Bike Fest in Beverley

A week-long festival of cycling is being held across the East Riding this month to encourage people of all ages to get on their bikes.

The annual Cycle4Life Challenge Week, now in its fifth year, will involve six days of bike-themed events with fun challenges and activities on two wheels for families, schoolchildren and school staff.

The week launches with a Bike Fest in Beverley on Sunday June 16, featuring displays by stunt riders and a chance for youngsters and adults to ride go-karts and weird and wonderful bicycles.

Pupils from across the East Riding will take part in two school cycle challenges and teachers will saddle up for a 100km (60-mile) ride across the Yorkshire Wolds.

Meanwhile refugees living in the area who have been learning cycling skills as part of a road safety scheme, will be taking part in a bike ride around Beverley.

The Cycle4Life Challenge Week is organised by East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s road safety and public health teams to promote cycling as a fun and healthy activity for all the family – and a great way to get around the East Riding.

Pupils taking part in last year’s R-evolution Cup inter-schools competition

The events planned for the Cycle4Life Challenge Week include:

Bike Fest: This free family fun day will be held in Beverley’s Saturday Market on Sunday June 16, from 10am to 4pm, and everyone is invited to come along to watch or take part.:

The bike festival will transform the market area into a cycling playground with displays from stunt teams, activities for all ages, and some guided bike rides around Beverley.

The Bike Fest will include:

  • The Savage Skills mountain bike stunt display team – with performances from some of the country’s leading stunt riders
  • Have a go at KMX Karts – a fun cross between a bike and a go-kart
  • Ride some weird and wonderful bikes
  • Giant airbag – cyclists will have the thrilling chance to ride their bikes up a ramp and land safely and softly in a giant airbag
  • Pump track – Ride around a circuit of rolling bumps without the need to pedal.

There will also be various stands on the day, including:

  • The Yorkshire 2019 UCI Road World Championships – which will be coming to the East Riding in September
  • Cottingham bike charity R-evolution – will be offering the chance to win a reconditioned bike, will be selling reconditioned bikes, offering advice on cycle upkeep and will also accept donations of cycles.
  • Change4Life vehicle – The council’s public health team will be offering free health checks on the day
  • Road Safety team – Offering advice on the day
  • HSBC UK Breeze – Free bike rides for women
  • Open Country – Bicycle charity
  • Safer Roads Humber
  • British Cycling

There will also be three free organised guided bike rides around Beverley for families starting at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

The eight-mile rides, led by PFH Productions, are open to all ages. Just bring your own bikes and cycle helmets.

To sign up for the rides in advance, visit the website

Schools Challenge: The first ever Schools Challenge will see four secondary schools go head to head in a distance relay challenge on Monday June 17.

Teams of students from Bridlington School, Headlands School, Goole Academy and Longcroft School in Beverley will take part in the event at the closed loop cycle circuit at Hull’s Ennerdale Leisure Centre in Hull.

In the weeks leading up the event each school team began by assembling their own bikes, kindly donated by Safer Roads Humber, with the assistance of experienced bike mechanics from R-evolution.

The council’s road safety team has been working with the pupils in creating team branding, race strategies for the day and nutritional plans to prepare them for the endurance cycling event.

Throughout the day when pupils aren’t racing they will complete challenges set by British Cycling, Safer Roads Humber and the public health’s Change4Life team.

The winning team will get to take home the five bikes built and raced on the day to allow their team to continue developing within school.

The Code Breaker: The council’s road safety team have organised a codebreaker event – a treasure hunt on cycles – for families of the pupils of Nafferton Primary School on Monday June 17.

The four-mile event is a thank you for the fantastic work the school has been doing to promote sustainable travel and the support they have given the road safety team throughout the year.

Refugee Challenge: Refugees from Syria who settled in the East Riding to escape the civil war in their country have been taking part in a cycle scheme this spring to help them get around the area.

The education project has given refugees of all ages reconditioned bikes, cycle training and road safety skills to help them travel to employment, schools, and help them integrate into the community.

And now they will put that knowledge to the test with a bike ride challenge on Tuesday June 18 to mark the end of the course.

Around 30 of the refugees will be taken on a bike ride around Beverley, stopping on route to enjoy some new experiences and activities.

Those taking part will stop off at:

  • The Treasure House – where they will be given library cards and introduced to the services available
  • Beverley Cricket Club – Yorkshire County Cricket Club will be deliver an introduction to a cricket session
  • East Riding College Beverley – they will be given a tour of the college
  • Coletta and Tyson Garden Centre – they will be given an introduction into employment opportunities and given the chance to plant a summer pot.
  • Beverley Racecourse – The bike ride will finish at the racecourse, where they will be given a tour of the stables and a chance to watch the races.

The R-evolution Cup inter-schools cycle racePupils from six primary and junior schools will go head to head in a cycle race for the R-evolution Cup.:

The event, now in its third year, will take place at York Sport Village on Wednesday June 19. The schools taking part are:

  • Hilderthorpe Primary School in Bridlington
  • Driffield Junior School,
  • Boothferry Primary School in Goole
  • St Mary’s School in Beverley
  • Mount Pleasant Junior School in Market Weighton
  • Howden Junior School

Teams from each school will take part in a number of races on the day in three cycling disciplines – road cycling, cycle-cross and track cycling, which will take place for the first time at an Olympic-size banked velodrome.

In the run up to the day, each school team has gone through a six-week coaching programme run by a British Cycling coach, to make sure each pupil is fully prepared with the skills and techniques required for the races.

The overall winning team will be presented with the R-evolution Cup. Last year’s winner was Mount Pleasant Junior School.

The Wolds 100 – School staff 100km cycle challenge: Teachers and school staff from across the East Riding will be taking part in The Wolds 100 – a 100km (60-mile) bike ride across the Yorkshire Wolds on Thursday 20 June.

Many of those taking part don’t cycle regularly, but they have signed up for the tour through some of the East Riding’s most beautiful countryside, market towns and villages.

Starting in Driffield, this year’s route – the most challenging to date – will take in a number of school visits throughout the day to help spread the Cycle4Life message.

The Wheelie Big Day: The final event of the Cycle4Life Challenge Week will take place on Friday June 21.

The council’s road safety team has challenged pupils and staff at schools and colleges in the East Riding to create their own Cycle4Life fun day.

Students and staff have been challenged to think of ideas to get more people to travel in a fun, healthy way and sustainable way – and post their ideas and events on Twitter.

It doesn’t have to be all about bikes – it can include scooters, rollerskates, rollerblades and skateboards.

For more information visit the website