The (Virtual) Cycle Touring Festival 2023

Regular listeners to The Cycling Europe Podcast will see some familiar names on the list of participants in this yearโ€™s virtual Cycle Touring Festival. From Timmy Mallet to Anna Hughes, from Candy Whittome to Rob Ainsley. Just four of the many speakers at the event which takes place from Saturday 28th January to Sunday 5th February. Hereโ€™s some more information from Laura Moss, one of the organisers:

โ€œThe virtual Cycle Touring Festival returns next week, with nine days of fabulous, free online talks. This is the ninth year of the festival, the aim of which is to build the cycle touring community, inspiring and educating people to undertake their own adventures by bike.

This year, talks range from Norway to New Zealand via Iceland, Mongolia, the Alps, Brittany, the USA and Austria. Some promising highlights include Timmy Mallett talking about his incredible journey cycling and painting the coast of Britain, Jack Thurston hosting a debate about whether cycle touring has an image problem and not forgetting Cycling UK’s very own Sophie Gordon talking about the new Rebellion Way route developed by the charity. All talks are held over Zoom.

All talks are free at the virtual festival, as the festival organisers state that they don’t want cost to be a barrier to participation. The purpose is simply to do something to make life a bit more interesting for everyone, especially on these cold dark winter evenings. However, donations are requested from those who are able to offer them, with the suggested amount being ยฃ5 per household per talk, or ยฃ20 per household for multiple talks.

The festival runs from Saturday 28 January to Sunday 4 February. Find out more details and sign up for talks by following this link.โ€


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