Original Bicycle Festival

The Original Bicycle Festival, Scotland's Homecoming cycling festival is set for Dumfries and Galloway from May 9 to 24. The 16-day festival will celebrate the region's two-wheeled triumphs of all shapes and sizes, from the world renowned 7stanes mountain bike trails and annual host of road cycling's Tour of Britain to its status as the birthplace of the pedal cycle, invented by Kirkpatrick "Pate" Macmillan (1813-78). The event will complement the World Mountain Bike Conference on Sustainability (WMBCS), which will take place at Crighton Hall, Dumfries, from May 12 to 15.

Highlights of the Original Bicycle Festival programme include the Enduro Avalanche (May 9-10), the Junior Original Bicycle Festival Challenge (May 10), Cycling Film Festival (May 14-17), Women on Wheels (May 17), Scottish Cycling Criteriums (May 17), Kirkpatrick Macmillan Rally (May 24).

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Sue George is an editor at Cyclingnews.  She coordinates all of the site's mountain bike race coverage and assists with the road, 'cross and track coverage.