On Sunday 10 July, Farnham Maltings will launch its brand new festival, Bike: a festival of cycling. In its inaugural year, the festival will play host to an innovative and diverse programme of events including; a chance to browse the cycle jumble, listen to some fascinating talks by experts in the cycling field and catch theatre show Ventoux; documenting the infamous race between Marco Pantani and Lance Armstrong in 2000. Along with the chance to buy the latest cycling kit, eat treats from our Riverside Cafe and a mighty hill climb race to round off the day, Bike is a cycling enthusiast’s dream day out. Read our guide to bike below to find out what you can expect on the day.
The building will become a hive of activity, taken over in its entirety by the vast number of visiting exhibitors, who will be showcasing their work and offering various workshops and services throughout the day. These include; taking a demo bike for a short accompanied ride, making smoothies via pedal power on a specially-made bike, participating in a roller-racing competition against friends or family, trying out adapted equipment from Alice Holt Inclusive Cycling and much more. We’re also really looking forward to seeing the collection of vintage bikes that Pankhurst Cycles will be bringing to the festival showing the change in design between the 1930s-1990s as well as the stunning cycling design artwork of The Handmade Cyclist.
There will also be an opportunity for a quick beard or hair trim with the pop-up barber shop, a yoga and pilates class and a specially-tailored kids club. Local cycle clubs will also be running stalls at the festival looking for new members to join them for ther regular social rides as well as some of their upcoming bigger events and challenges.
A chance to hear from experts in the cycling field, talking about their own experiences with bikes and how they have become a part of their life. Charlotte from the world-renowned bike manufacturer Dassi will speak about the company’s relationship with carbon layup and how bike manufacturing is being brought home. You will also be able to hear Nasima from leading Surrey cycling business WyndyMilla, talk about women and their involvement with cycling. With other talks covering the topics of hydration, how to get into competitive cycling and how to improve your pedal technique, hear tips and tricks first-hand from the experts.
Throughout the day, there will be a series of short films being screened tellling stories from across the cycling world. The Fastest Woman in Africa tells the fascinating biography of Jeanne d’Arc Girubuntu, the only female on Rwanda’s national cycling team, and her path to overcoming her struggles and following her dreams. With a further four films covering a range of events including the Rwandan genocide, drugs and the Tour de France, and an attempt by a Scot to break the landspeed record, immerse yourself in cycling stories from around the globe.
theatre maltings: Ventoux
If the talks and film screenings weren’t enough, our theatre show in the evening should be enough to satisfy even the tamest of bike fans. Ventoux is the most fearsome mountain in France, and the sight of the greatest race cycling had ever seen, the epic Tour de France race in 2000 between Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani. However, with what we know now about the pair’s struggle with drug abuse, Ventoux restages the race including the information that was kept secret from the public for all those years, equipped with innovative staging, stunning projections and original race commentary. You can book tickets here.
Rounding off the day in style, there will be an epic hill climb race up Firgrove Hill, sponsored by Fleet-based cycling shop Pedal Heaven and promoted by local cycling club VC Meudon. The hill climb will be held as an individual time trial with the first rider being set off at 18:00 and subsequent riders following at minute intervals. With over £250 worth of prizes offered across different categories, there are plenty of opportunities to come away a winner, including fastest male and female, fastest team of three and fastest vintage bike. With only a few spaces left to take part, visit the webpage for more details.