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The event, which is run with char­ity part­ner Walk­ing With The Wounded, is held in May half term and at­tract­ing fam­i­lies is key, with plenty to en­ter­tain and chal­lenge chil­dren from tod­dlers to teens.

“There is no other fam­ily cy­cling fes­ti­val in the coun­try and we be­lieve this is what helps make the event so spe­cial,” says Peter. There is a kids’ cy­cling acad­emy, grass track train­ing, a safe seven-mile car-free cy­cle route and a moun­tain bike course through the woods. Young cy­clists can also take part in the longer rides as well as the moun­tain bike rac­ing.

Fes­ti­val-go­ers will have the op­por­tu­nity to ride 20, 50 or 100 mile sign­posted, safe and sup­ported routes along north Norfolk’s scenic coun­try and coastal roads with feed sta­tions along the way. From the gen­tle and easy­go­ing flat routes to the more gru­elling up hills, the quiet roads of­fer en­joy­able and safe rid­ing con­di­tions.

“The idea be­hind Pedal Norfolk was to em­u­late those spring clas­sic races in Europe and while we don’t have the huge climbs, we also wanted to show that Norfolk most def­i­nitely isn’t flat. Be­hind the coast there is a shelf and so we zigzag that shelf; on a num­ber of the cour­ses so you are do­ing a good 1,000 me­tres of climb­ing. It is not like York­shire, but it cer­tainly isn’t flat and it is a chal­leng­ing ter­rain.”

For the first time this year, a closed road race will take place on Satur­day, May 27, start­ing in front of Holkham Hall and will take se­ri­ous com­peti­tors on a route through some of the park’s key land­marks at speed.

“There are very few closed road races across the coun­try, so be­ing able to run one on such a great cy­cling week­end in such in­cred­i­ble scenery is very spe­cial.

“With Bri­tish Cy­cling, we’ve en­sured that it will be a chal­leng­ing course, so it will be ex­cit­ing for spec­ta­tors to watch too. There will also be an Eastern Re­gion MTB XC event for the first time run by King’s Lynn Moun­tain Bike Club.”

Across the three days, there will be a packed pro­gramme of demon­stra­tions, talks, trade stands and events, as well as a great food of­fer­ing from lo­cal sup­pli­ers and the Ad­nams beer tent where there will be live bands in the evenings. There will also be the chance to try some wa­ter sports, with stand-up pad­dle board­ing, zorb­ing and kayak­ing on the lake. Book your pre­ferred events and camp­ing at www.ped­al­nor­folk.co.uk. Day ad­mis­sion to Holkham park for visi­tors to en­joy the fes­ti­val will be £5 per adult, chil­dren 16 years and un­der. www.holkham.co.uk. To en­ter the Bri­tish Cy­cling Eastern Coun­ties closed road race, see www.british­cy­cling.org.uk

The Ac­tion Sports Team per­form­ing at the Pedal Norfolk week­end Cy­clists re­turn­ing to the Holkham Es­tate af­ter a ride out

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