The Cycle Touring Festival – 2017 edition

Two years I ago I attended the inaugural Cycle Touring Festival. It was an experience of wonder and excitement, a realisation that I was not alone. Someone put it much better than me and said it was like finding your tribe. And they were right.

If you look online, you know there are other cycle tourists around, whether round the world cyclists or week-end and holiday cyclists. But when you step out of your front door and start pedalling, you don’t often catch sight of them. More often than not, you meet fast bikes adorned with a lycra-clad person on top. You share a smile, a nod, both happy to be on the bike. But it is not the same thing, not quite. But there, at the festival, people understand. They don’t think you’re brave, they don’t assume you’re fit, and they don’t ask at what speed you’re going. Instead we talk about the other stories like the pure joy of seeing the world from the saddle, the hard times of dealing with your own mind, or the fun moments with strangers and their warmth. We don’t need to dig out for words we never feel are quite right because the other person understand.

And if you’re new to the scene, it’s not a problem. No question is deemed stupid, and there is an eagerness to share knowledge. We’re a small tribe, any new member is welcomed with an embrace and encouraged to find their own way. Because at the end of the day there is no right or wrong way to go cycle touring. The only prerequisite is to have a bicycle and an open mind. The rest is up to you and how you like to ride and see the world.

If you’ve missed this year’s festival, there is always next year. And in the meantime, find a cycle tourist online and ask questions. We’ll all be happy to give you a hand and assuage your fears.

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7 thoughts on “The Cycle Touring Festival – 2017 edition

  1. I would love to go cycle touring but logistics are against me. I console myself with the fact that not everyone can tour – you need some like us to appreciate and read others’ adventures. Andrew in this matter you are a star!

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    • I hope you’ll manage to go touring some day 🙂 It really is a great experience.

      It doesn’t have to be a long tour either. In just a couple of days you can still get the thrill and joy of it. That’s what I do mostly, go away for a couple of days every now and again, sometimes a week if I can get the time off work. It just takes a bit of advance notice and negotiating with family.

      Is there anywhere you want to tour in particular?

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