Backpedal through time for a feast of fun

Vin­tage fun – on and off the road – at 2016 Chiltern Cycling Fes­ti­val

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

The Chiltern Cycling Fes­ti­val, which has a vin­tage theme, will take place at Penn House Es­tate, near Amer­sham, on Sun­day, July 17.

The fes­ti­val has grown over the last few years at­tract­ing rid­ers and vis­i­tors alike keen to en­joy a clas­sic sum­mer’s day out.

Along­side the var­i­ous rides with routes criss cross­ing the Chiltern hills, vis­i­tors have free en­try to the fes­ti­val which fea­tures a Velo Vil­lage and Vin­tage Mar­ket of­fer­ing a mix of stalls with retro-in­spired live mu­sic, gourmet food, a beer tent and more.

The Amer­sham clas­sic and vin­tage run sets the tone of the day with rid­ers from all over Europe de­part­ing from Penn House to ride the 30 mile route.

Lots of en­trants dress up, with lash­ings of vin­tage spirit us­ing bikes and cloth­ing from cycling’s Golden Ages – es­sen­tially any­thing pre-1990s with lots of woollen jer­seys and chrome bikes.

The fancy dress theme con­tin­ues with many vis­i­tors also dressing up in the styles of their favourite era and get­ting the chance to be part of the Con­cors de Ele­gance pa­rade later in the day.

This year be­spoke tai­lors Wil­liam Young are part­ner­ing the Dap­per Pedaler com­pe­ti­tion with a prize list, worth £500, on of­fer for the best dressed rider, along with cups and prizes for best groomed, most au­then­tic out­fit and even best sum­mer high jinx.

Judg­ing co-rdi­na­tor Jane Marston said: “Whilst many of our clas­sic rid­ers put huge at­ten­tion to de­tail and ef­fort into pre­par­ing their bikes and out­fits we have in­ten­tion­ally kept the rules and en­try cri­te­ria open so that any­one who wants to turn up and be part of the event can eas­ily do so with a lit­tle retro flair and imag­i­na­tion.

“It’s def­i­nitely more about the vin­tage spirit and en­joy­ing the fan­tas­tic set­ting.”

The fes­ti­val has a fete feel to it with pic­nics on the lawns, ice creams, clas­sic ve­hi­cles and plenty of fun for all the fam­ily in­clud­ing Go Ride chil­dren events.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.chiltern­cy­cling fes­ti­val.com.

Chiltern Cycling Fes­ti­val goes vin­tage

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