15 things I learned cycling to Glastonbury - Tips and tricks to make getting there and back a breeze

Cycle to glastonbury
(Image credit: Will Jones)

Glastonbury, or the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts to give it its full title, is The Big One. Every year a 1,000 acre area of Somerset farmland becomes the most densely populated place on earth as over 200,000 people descend for a week-long party. It very much feels like its own city, and when it is on, it becomes the fourth largest city in the southwest of England, double the size of nearby Bath. Most of the revellers get to the festival by car, coach, or train, meaning the festival is, for many people, bookended by hours of sitting in traffic as tiny rural roads become clogged. 

To avoid this, my friends and I decided to cycle to Glastonbury this year, and I think it was the best decision I’ve made in a long time. Given we range in ability from ‘very keen cyclist who works in the bike industry’ to ‘does not cycle except to get to basketball practice’ I reached out to Bosch and borrowed some electric bikes for the journey to level the playing field, and to be honest, make the homeward journey a little more painless. 

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Will Jones
Senior Tech Writer

Will joined the Cyclingnews team as a reviews writer in 2022, having previously written for Cyclist, BikeRadar and Advntr. He’s tried his hand at most cycling disciplines, from the standard mix of road, gravel, and mountain bike, to the more unusual like bike polo and tracklocross. He’s made his own bike frames, covered tech news from the biggest races on the planet, and published countless premium galleries thanks to his excellent photographic eye. Also, given he doesn’t ever ride indoors he’s become a real expert on foul-weather riding gear. His collection of bikes is a real smorgasbord, with everything from vintage-style steel tourers through to superlight flat bar hill climb machines.