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- 25. March 2009.

The Original Bicycle Festival

~ Cycling’s Coming Home ~
From 9 to 24 May 2009
Dumfries and Galloway

Event Background:

The Original Bicycle Festival, Scotland's Homecoming cycling festival, is set to be staged across Dumfries & Galloway from 9 to 24 May 2009.  

The sixteen-day Festival celebrates the region's two wheeled triumphs of all shapes and sizes, from the world renowned 7stanes mountain bike trails and annual host of road cycling's Tour of Britain; to its status as the birthplace of the pedal cycle, invented by Kirkpatrick 'Pate' Macmillan (1813-78).  It also compliments and supports the World Mountain Bike Conference on Sustainability (WMBCS), which takes place at Easterbrook Hall at The Crichton, Dumfries, from 12 to 15 May 2009. 

Highlights of the varied and exciting Original Bicycle Festival programme include elite and open mountain bike and road cycling events, guided rides, rallies and coaching sessions, youth and women's activities and a host of cycling themed cultural and educational activities and events.

The Original Bicycle Festival is a showcase to promote access to and participation in cycling throughout Dumfries and Galloway for residents and visitors alike; people of all ages from families with children to youth groups and 'weekend warriors' to cycling commuters, the over 50's and those new to the sport but keen to have a go.

Festival events will take place in venues across the region including the world-renowned 7stanes mountain bike trail centres, Drumlanrig Castle, DG One in Dumfries, the Easterbrook Hall and Dumfries and Castle Douglas town centres. 

Full Listings Information:

Event Type:  Cycling : Road | Event : Mass participation
Event Name: Drumlanrig Tearfund Challenge
Venue Address: Drumlanrig Castle, Thornhill, DG3 4AG
Event Date/s: 02/05/2009
Time: 08:30 - 16:30
Event Info: Cyclosportive rides - suitable for everyone - based at historic Drumlanrig Castle.  There are timed and signposted Challenge rides of 82 miles or 40 miles plus short 'tea and cakes' ride. Maximum of 300 riders. Pre-entry required. Donation to Tearfund.
Box Office / Booking / Entry Details: Entry form can be downloaded from website - www.drumlanrigchallenge.btik.com. Contact David Moss: 01387 263994 or 702719 or email davewmoss@btinternet.com

Event Type: Cycling : Mountain Bike | Event: Competition
Event Name: Avalanche Enduro UK 
Venue Address: 7stanes Ae Forest
Event Date/s: 08/05/2009 - 10/05/2009
Event Time: 08:00 - 18:00
Event Info: Mountain bike stage race. Riders compete individually on multiple timed 'Special Stages' that are predominantly downhill. They have set start times to be at each stage and incur penalties for being late. The format is similar to that of the World Rally.   There will also be demonstrations by the 7Stanes display team, skills tutoring provided by CTC, bikes to demo, BBQ, music and more. 

Previous events have attracted top international riders current Downhill World Champion Gee Atherton (GB), World Cup winner Steve Peat (GB), Tracy Moseley (GB), Nicolas Vouilloz, Eric Carter, Brian Lopes, Greg Minnaar and Cedric Gracia to name just a few.  

Ae is the 2nd round in the series and the toughest of all the rounds, with its vast network of trails and harsh topography. It is going to be a real challenge for the 350 riders.  After Ae the series will head down to the Alps for more gravity-fuelled action before returning to the UK in September for the final round. 
Box Office / Booking / Entry Details: on line at www.avalanchecup.com
No closing date but all UCC events sell out before the date / £35 / rider / Contact: Clive Forth +447795965143 / ss01mbc@mac.com

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