Summer of Cycling 2017

31 July 2017
Summer of cycling

​Have yourself a wonderful Summer of Cycling

There are some amazing cycling activities across the county this summer to help you enjoy cycling even more. Whatever your level of cycling experience, there is plenty on offer.

New or returning to the saddle? Then there are a lots of free-to-join organised cycle rides across the county in the British Cycling Let’s Ride programme. If you like to cycle together with your family, there are several fun cycling-themed events and festivals that are free to take part in.

Or if you are a more experienced rider looking for a challenge, why not take on one of the regular annual sportives that take place throughout the county.

Whether you cycle for fun, for charity or to set personal goals, Northamptonshire’s 2017 Summer of Cycling is all about getting out on your bike and enjoying the ride!

Where to Cycle

Northamptonshire is blessed with a wealth of beautiful cycling routes, perfect for a leisurely ride.

Our favourite is the Brampton Valley Way, a 14 mile linear route linking Northampton with Market Harborough running along a former rail line and passing through 2 spectacular tunnels (good lights recommended). It showcases beautifully the surrounding countryside and wildlife and, according to the Sustrans website, it is one of the longest former railway line cycle tracks in the country – a must!

Brampton Valley Way

There are several other great routes, from traffic-free family friendly trails, such as at Pitsford Reservoir and Stanwick Lakes, to lovely on-road rides around quiet country lanes through stunning villages, like the National Byway loop near to Oundle. Click below to find the best of what Northamptonshire has to offer.

Northamptonshire cycle routes

Children cycling in Northamptonshire

Cycling festivals

Cycle Northants will be at the remaining events listed below, so visit us and take part in the fun. Amongst a whole host of activities and displays, you can have a go on one of our crazy bikes, make a pedal-powered smoothie or race friends on our bicycle-powered Scalextric.

Free safety checks

Bring your bike along to either of the events below and receive a free safety check from Dr Bike:

Saturday 19 August

National BikeSafe and Open Roads show, 10am to 5pm.

Rockingham Speedway

BikeSafe 2017

Sunday 17 September

Stanwick Lakes Cyclefest, 11am to 4pm.

Stanwick Lakes Country Park

Stanwick Lakes Cyclefest

Let’s Ride

Let’s Ride is British Cycling’s portal for finding organised, group rides. There are lots of rides to found around the county all summer and for all levels of experience. Click on the link below and search for rides near to you:

Let's Ride

Family cycling race in Northamptonshire


For the more experienced, or for those wanting a challenge there is, each year, a calendar of fully supported sportives in Northamptonshire, usually starting in early spring and running right through to October. Many of these mass participation events are run annually in aid of charity and offer a range of distances, some even offering a shorter family route, giving the opportunity for anyone to have their first taste of an organised mass cycle ride:

24 September 

Cycle for Cynthia, Lamport Hall, Lamport.

28 October

Wiggle Hawker Hurricane, Turweston, Brackley.

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