Backpedal through time for a feast of fun
Vintage fun – on and off the road – at 2016 Chiltern Cycling Festival
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