Mark Beaumont backs the Original Bicycle Festival, set to take place in May

Bikes ride home for 16-day event

Dumfries and Galloway is to play host to the Original Bicycle Festival, between Saturday May 9th and Sunday May 24th.

Record-breaking cyclist Mark Beaumont helped launch the event – touted as a homecoming for bikes due to the regions claim to be the ‘birthplace’ of the pedal cycle, according to BBC Scotland.

Blacksmith Kirkpatrick Macmillan was declared to have invented the pedal-driven bicycle in the late 1830’s while living in the Dumfries area.

The 16-day festival will include a range of activity incorporating MTB and road cycling, coaching sessions, rallies, cultural and educational events and youth and women-centric activities.

The organisers behind the Original Bicycle Festival said that the event was partly inspired by the World Mountain Bike Conference ( – taking place May 12th – May 15th near Dumfries.

The Original Bicycle Festival is listed on BikeBiz’s regularly updated events guide.

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