31 May 2016

There is an amazing array of opportunities to take part in cycling activities this summer. From FREE family cycling-themed events and guided rides to sportives and the Aviva Women's Tour. There is something for everyone to get involved in.

Where will your wheels take you?

This summer we are asking everyone to get out on their bike and experience the joy of cycling.

No matter where or how far you ride, or for what reason, Northamptonshire has some amazing places to cycle and we are offering even more opportunities this year to give cycling a try in the company of others.

Where to go

Visit our Where to Cycle pages for a flavour of some of the amazing cycle routes set in the best of the beautiful Northamptonshire countryside. Many of these routes are traffic-free and flat, so suitable for the whole family and for those new to or looking to return to cycling.

Download one of our cycle maps to work out your own route for getting from A to B by bicycle. Now updated with the NEW Northampton Cycle Map.

Let us know where you go

We always love to hear about your experiences out on your bike and to see photos of your ride, so please share them with us. You can get in touch via our Twitter and Facebook sites.

What to do - Summer of cycling events

Come along to one of our fun, FREE family events with lots of bicycle themed have-a-go activities, cycling information and advice on offer:

Sunday 19 June - The Women's Tour finish line event

Kettering Town Centre, activities 11am to 2pm (race expected to finish around 2pm)

Come and watch the World's top female cyclists race for the finish line in Kettering in the final stage of this year's AVIVA Women's Tour.

Whilst there, join in the fun with all sorts of crazy bikes to have a go on, including bikes that make smoothies, play music and control Scalextric races. There will be rickshaw rides, bike checks from Dr Bike and bike security marking, all of which are FREE, so bring your bike along to make full benefit.

For full details visit Kettering Borough Council's Women's Tour event site.

Saturday 25 June - Corby Cyclefest and pedal-powered cinema

The Cube, Corby, 11am to 4pm

The 5th birthday party of the Corby Cyclefest takes place once again outside The Cube in Corby Town Centre. A plethora of FREE cycling activities for the whole family, including:

  • Cycle-powered cinema showing of Wall-E*
  • Amazing displays from Danny Butler's Extreme Mountain Bike show and Adrenaline Alley's street BMX course
  • Crazy bike have-a-go area
  • Bike-powered Scalextric, smoothie maker and soundsystem
  • Rickshaw rides
  • Bike-checks from Dr Bike
  • Bike security marking
  • A range of stalls and other activities

*Booking is required for the free showing of Wall-E. Tickets are available from The Core, Corby.

Further details of the Corby Cyclefest are available on the Corby Borough Council website or via the Corby Cyclefest facebook page.

Sunday 10 July - Daventry Cyclefest

Daventry Country Park, 11am to 3pm

Returning to the Country Park once again, the Daventry Cyclefest is in its 5th year and guarantees fun, FREE cycling activities for the whole family, including:

  • Amazing displays from Danny Butler's Extreme Mountain Bike show and Adrenaline Alley's street BMX course
  • Crazy bike have-a-go area
  • Bike-powered Scalextric
  • Pedal-powered smoothie maker
  • Bicycle-powered soundsystem
  • Bike-checks from Dr Bike

More activities are to be announced!

The event is also timed to co-incide with the Daventry Cycling Club charity sportive, see below for details.

Further details of the Daventry Cyclefest will be announced on the Daventy District Council website.

Sunday 17 July - The Tour Ride Northamptonshire and family bicycle fun day

Delapre Abbey, 7.30am to 1pm

Starting and finishing from the historic Delapre Abbey on the edge of Northampton, the Tour Ride Northamptonshire offers riders the chance to ride part of the Women's Tour route on 40 and 80-mile courses, complete with mechanical support and feed stations, plus the chance to ride under the same Aviva Women's Tour finish gantry as the Northamptonshire stage winner just a few weeks previously.

In addition a 10-mile Fun Ride is perfect for the whole family, taking in quiet cycle paths and canal towpaths, with a refreshment stop in Upton Country Park at the halfway point.

The whole event is supported by fun family activities at the finish line at Delapre Park:

  • Amazing displays from Danny Butler's Extreme Mountain Bike show and Adrenaline Alley's street BMX course
  • Crazy bike have-a-go area
  • Bike-powered Scalextric
  • Pedal-powered smoothie maker
  • Bicycle-powered soundsystem
  • Bike-checks from Dr Bike

So, even if you are not taking part in the ride, come along and cheer the riders on whilst having fun in the park.

To book your place on the Tour Ride Northamptonshire and find more information on interactive route maps from Ordnance Survey, head to the Tour Ride website.

Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 August - Umbrella Fair Festival

The Racecourse, Northampton

This annual festival returns to Northampton's Racecourse for two full days of entertainment, including music, poetry, theatre and, of course, cycling fun.

Cycle Northants will be on hand at fesitval with pedal-powered Scalextric, crazy bike try-outs and to talk about cycling in Northamptonshire, so drop by for a chat. Pick up your copy of the NEW Northampton cycle map whilst you are there.

Also bring your bike along for FREE safety check from our very own Dr Bike.

Full details about the festival can be found on the Umbrella Fair website.

Rides for all

Sky Ride Local

Sky Ride Local rides are FREE small, weekly community bike rides that give you a chance to get out and explore your local area. They are led by a British Cycling trained ride leader who is on hand to provide support and give you a few tips on how to improve your cycling, whatever your age or ability.

Rides vary in levels, from beginners to more experienced cyclists, so you can pick a level to suit your skills and enjoyment. Whatever level you choose, you'll be riding on safe routes, with your ride leaders. And if you haven't dusted off your bike for a while, they'll happily check it over for you.

Click Visit the Sky Ride website to find a Sky Ride Local rides near you.


Breeze is British Cycling's biggest ever programme geared towards getting more women into riding for fun.

With an emphasis on fun, social and local rides, Breeze aims to make women feel more confident and comfortable about getting on a bike, and rides will usually start and end at a café – providing a great opportunity to get to know fellow cyclists over a cuppa and a slice of cake.

Visit the Sky Ride website to find out more and search for local Breeze rides.

Other events and sportives

Sunday 10 July - Daventry Cycling Club charity sportive

Daventry Leisure Centre

This British Cycling approved event is Daventry Cycling Club's second annual charity ride. With three routes for riders of all levels (20km, 50km and 113km) through Northamptonshire and Warwickshire, there will be something for everyone. The 20km route is suitable for leisure riders and family groups.

Online entry is £10 or £15 depending on the distance entered and all proceeds go to charity (the Myton Hospices and Reach for Health). Family entry is also available for £25.

Full information can be found on the cycle for Myton Hospices website.

Sunday 25 September - Cycle for Cynthia charity sportive

Holdenby House, Northampton

This ever popular charity ride, in support of Cynthia Spencer Hospice, is in its 14th year, with a choice of 3 routes, all starting from new venue, Holdenby House: 5 miles, 25 miles and 50 miles.

  • Book early and pay less - Adults £15, Children £7.50, Families £35
  • After September 2nd - Adults £20, Children £10, Families £50

Or enter the Team Challenge to add some extra fun to your ride.

For entry forms and further details, visit the Cycle4Cynthia website.

Sunday 25 September - The Roman Challenge charity ride

Hackleton Village, Northampton

In support of Hackleton Primary School Association and in its 11th year, this event is open to riders of all levels and abilities. With an 8 mile family route, the "Chariot" route at 22 miles or the "Gladiator" & "Gladiator Maximus" routes offering up to 46 miles, you can be assured of a day of fun, offering you the opportunity to set a personal challenge whilst enjoying a ride through Salcey Forest and the surrounding Northamptonshire Countryside.

Booking is £15 for adults and £5 for children aged 5 to 16 years old

For full details and to book visit the Roman Challenge website.