The British Cycling Family Ride
A free, self-guided ride leaving from the Festival site and taking in the Peak District's very own Strade Bianchi. This is a very special ride for all little heroes and their parents!
British Cycling are proud to present this wonderful family occasion which is a really special adventure along the most beautiful parts of The High Peak & Tissington Trails on Saturday 16th June.
Be immersed in nature and the pure tranquility of this incredible traffic-free trail brimming with cow parsley, cornflowers and Summertime nature. Starting directly from The Festival, you'll cycle onto the trail and follow the route of the former Cromford and High Peak Railway, one of the World's first long-distance railway lines, built between 1825 and 1830.
YOUR DESTINATION POINT IS HARTINGTON STATION WHERE YOU'LL FIND A CAFE OPEN FOR BUSINESS. AND YOUR TREAT? KIDS GET A FREE FREDERICK'S ICE CREAM ON THEIR RETURN TO THE FESTIVAL, PERFECT TO COOL DOWN ON A SUMMER'S DAY.
The British Cycling Family Ride is open to everybody who has purchased either a Festival or Classic Ride Pass to Eroica Britannia. Kids 12 years and under enjoy FREE entry into the Festival but you must register your kids for this to apply!
British Cycling’s ambition is to transform Britain into a great cycling nation. We are passionate about societal change and we know that the humble bicycle has the power to be a force for good. We want to create a greener, fitter and healthier Britain and for families to be able to get out and enjoy the simple pleasure of riding a bike together.
“BRITISH CYCLING IS DELIGHTED TO HOST THIS YEAR’S FAMILY RIDE AT EROICA BRITANNIA. IT’S A FRIENDLY AND FUN FILLED DAY THAT CAN BE ENJOYED BY ALL THE FAMILY SO I WOULD URGE EVERYONE TO SIGN UP SO YOU DON’T MISS OUT ON THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE PART OF SUCH AN AMAZING weekend.” British Cycling chief executive, Julie Harrington
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR RIDE
One things for sure - you're in for a treat! The Family Ride was one of our most popular Festival experiences last year with hundreds of families embarking on their own adventure of discovery by bike.
You will receive:
1 x Route card to guide you along the way.
2 x Jersey numbers. Each pair of riders (1 x pair per ticket) will be issued the same number, meaning a parent and child are both wearing the same number as identification. Numbers will be issued on a first come first serve basis during registration at the British Cycling camp at the Festival.
1 x British Cycling Family Ride goodie bag.
THE START AND THE ROUTE
The ride itself will be a rolling depart from the British Cycling festival camp from 10am onwards on Saturday 16th June, with the last riders needing to have set off by 1:30pm that day.
It’s a self-guided ride taking place along the Peak District’s very own Strade Bianchi, along the beautiful High Peak and Tissington trails. At no point will you be riding on open roads/highways!
The route runs north up the High Peak trail to Pashley Hay, then turns south onto the Tissington trail until you reach Hartington station, which is the turn-around point, and where you’ll find a Fredericks Ice Cream van dishing out free ice cream to the kids (sorry grown-ups!). The route back is exactly the same but in reverse.
You’re in for a gentle journey of approximately 8 beautifully flat miles.
Please take care and be courteous when riding on the trails as they’re open to the public and most likely busy with other cyclists and walkers.
On return to the Festival site all riders must report to the British Cycling camp to sign in, letting us know you’re back safe and sound.
Please remember it’s a journey not a race, so enjoy the sights, sounds and beauty of the trails.
GOOD TO KNOWS
All riders must wear a cycle helmet that meets current European safety standards.
All under 18’s must be accompanied at all times by a parent or guardian, who will need to complete a quick and easy form before departure.
When riding on the trails please keep to the left-hand side.
There are no course marshalls on the route. This is a self-guided ride.
At Hartington there is a pit stop with bench seating and toilets.
Please attach your jersey number to the front or rear of your clothing. They’re self-adhesive so no need for safety pins.
A vintage bike is not required, but getting getting kitted out in vintage attire up would certainly add to the occasion.
Each ticket entitles 1 x adult and 1 x child to take part in the British Cycling Family Ride. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.
Be sure to bring some essentials just in case. We suggest inner tubes, pump and mini tool kit.
When registering at the British Cycling festival camp please try not to wheel your bikes up to the desk as this can can elongate the queue!
MAKE SURE YOU'VE PURCHASED A FESTIVAL TICKET, CLASSIC RIDE TICKET (WHICH INCLUDES A FREE OF CHARGE FESTIVAL ENTRY), OR REGISTERED YOUR CHILD (12 YRS OR YOUNGER) FOR FREE!