From yoga to film screenings and cycle speed dating, festival has plenty for everyone

Roll for the Soul cycle cafe to be Bristol Cycle Festival hub

New bicycle cafe Roll for the Soul will act as a hub for the fourth edition of the Bristol Cycle Festival, running from July 13th to 21st.

While the Festival’s 50-strong event line-up will take place across the city, the new café will act as ‘base’, located in the heart of Bristol on Quay Street. Roll for the Soul founder Rob Wall said: "I’m really excited about the fourth year of Bristol Cycle Festival. We have more events than ever and a permanent home at the café. It’s always my favourite week of the summer, bar none.”

Run by volunteers, the Bristol Cycle Festival runs is aimed at all types of cyclists or might-be cyclists. Pitched as offering something for all ages, the final day of the Festival ties in with the final day of the Tour de France, and the second Make Sundays Special event, which will see a portion of central Bristol closed to traffic and opened up for walking, cycling, games, entertainment and market stalls.

Most of the events are free to attend, and include:

  • Talks
  • Rides
  • Yoga
  • Fancy dress
  • Crafts
  • Training advice
  • Comedy
  • Film screenings
  • Games

Stalwarts of the programme are back by popular demand, including the Dundry Drubber “micro-sportive”, the Vintage Velo, Madame Melski’s cycle speed dating, and the festival finale of the Carnivelo and Big Bike Spectacular.

New events for this year include the Bomberdrome (The UK’s only bicycle wall of death), business networking by bike, a riding weekend away for the visually impaired, the Bristol Pound picnic, Blankety Bike quiz, family day at Bristol Bike Project, and the Knights Templar Trail, a new event run by the organisers of the ever-popular cycle cinema.

The Festival is staged with the support of Bike Week, Bristol City Council, Better by Bike and Lyons Davidson.

The cycle festival was first run in 2010, as an offshoot of the Cycling City project. Since then it has been taken over by Bristol’s cycling community, and last year around 2,500 people came to 40 events.

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