Cycling festival all set for grand finale

Angus Cycling Festival.
Angus Cycling Festival.

Angus’s first Cycling Festival is nearing its culmination with a series of spectacular events due to take place in Reid Park, Forfar on September 13-14 from 10 a.m.

The festival, which is a joint effort between local clubs, organisations and Angus Council, is promising fun for all the family and has been made possible by a funding contribution from Angus Council through the ERDF East of Scotland Rural Tourism Business Support Project, which has been supplemented by funds and volunteer time from local clubs.

The event, which is being organised by Angus Cycle Hub and The Scottish Mountain Bike Consortium, includes a number of firsts for Angus including a national youth cross country race and an Enduro mountain bike race on September 14 in Reid Park.

Scott Francis, from Angus Cycle Hub, said: “We are delighted to be holding the first round of the Scottish Cycling Big Tree Campervan Youth Cross Country Series, which will see youngsters from all over Scotland come to compete in this bike race and we are encouraging everyone to come and cheer them on. We also have trade stands, demonstration bikes, a stunt airbag competition, family rides, kids races, food, music and much more over the weekend.

“We see the festival as the first stepping stone to start a coordinated approach to developing cycling in Angus. In future we hope to help raise the profile of Angus as a cycling destination, extend the cycling, bikeability and MTB coaching for schools and the community, help develop and support local cycling and mountain biking initiatives and support local businesses to capitalise on cycle tourism and encourage economic growth through cycling.”

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