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It’s one of our favourite times of year – not only are the days getting longer and longer so we can ride our bicycles out to the countryside in the evening but we have North West Velo Fest fast approaching! Brought to you by the Spokes – we have 10 days of community bicycle events splendour – open to everyone – come get involved!

Here’s the timetable :

North West Velo Fest 2014 will be 11 days of bicycle-related fun events brought to you by The Spokes

 

Friday 16 May

Random Tandem Bike Lock Key Swap Party

Come and have a go on a random steed. We’ll swap bikes for short rides to around Platt Fields Park so make sure you bring a tool so you can adjust your saddle height. Who knows what bike you will end up riding!

Meet at 6 pm to ride at 6.30pm. The Boathouse, Platt Fields Park, M14 6LA.

 

Saturday 17 May

Space4Cycling

Join the Greater Manchester Cycle Campaign for a mass participation ride with the aim of inspiring Councils to create safe Space for Cycling on our streets
Meet at 1pm for a 2pm departure. The Boathouse, Platt Fields Park, M14 6LA.

 

Spokes at Manchester Vegan Fair

Food, drink and a variety of performances for your enjoyment. Include The Spokes Bicycle Dancers who will be performing at 1pm.
11am to 5pm, Chorlton Irish Club, 17 High Lane, M21 9DJ.

 

Sunday 18 May

Alleycat

The now classic Spokes Alleycat – a fast paced urban treasure hunt with silly challenges. Ride in teams of two on any kind of bicycle you want. Prizes not just for speed but challenge points and perhaps even fancy dress.

Meet from 1pm, riders set off at 2pm. The Sandbar, Grosvenor St, M1 7HL

 

Monday 19 May

Open Spokes
Come have a play on our tiny bicycles. We’ll show you some moves, tricks and poses.
6-8pm. Contact us for location info.

 

Tuesday 20 May

Evening Jolly

30-mile jolly road ride with a mid-way drink stop. Bring lights etc.

Meet from 5pm, ride at 6pm. The Sandbar, Grosvenor St, M1 7HL.

 

Wednesday 21 May

01FIX1 Wednesday Night Right Out

An evening ride for the fixed gear and fixed-curious.

Meet 6.30pm, ride at 7pm. Zoo, Grosvenor St, M1 7HL.

 

Bicycle Life Drawing

Come and draw (clothed) live models posing with their bikes or even strike a pose yourself. Get a portrait taken with your ride in our photobooth.
From 6pm. 486 Wilbraham Rd, Chorlton, M21 9AS

 

Thursday 22 May

Manchester Hardcourt Bike Polo

Come along or just watch, if you can ride a bike you can play! Bikes and mallets available. http://www.mhbp.co.uk/

6.30-9pm at The Powerhouse, 140 Raby St, M14 4SL

 

Tweed ride

A genteel paced ride – well one could not possibly sweat, could one? Come dressed in your tweedy, vintage or smart finery. It’s more about the tweed’itude than the clothes.

Meet at 6pm to ride at 6.30pm. Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square, M60 2JT.

Ride will terminate at The Beech, Beech Road, Chorlton, M21 9EG.

 

Friday 23 May

Pow Wow Pedalpowered Party

An evening of pedal powered music and general merriment! Performers welcome so get in touch if you want to help provide entertainment.

From 8pm The Boathouse, Platt Fields Park, M14 6LA

 

Saturday 24 May

Envirolution

A free day of live music, theatre, workshops, discussions, family fun and food & drink, with plenty of bicycle based activities and stalls. This is not organised by NWVF but our very own Spokes will be performing.

1 to 7pm. Eco Garden, Platt Fields Park, M14 6LA.

Spokes performance times TBC.

 

Sunday 25 May

Messing about on the Mersey

A leisurely 5 mile cycle to the River Mersey where we will be exchanging our bikes for canoes. We paddle downstream to Chorlton where the canoes are collected and our bikes delivered to us. Post-paddle optional rides and pints then follow.
Booking is essential, see contact details below.
Meet at The Deaf Institute on Grosvenor Street at 11am for breakfast. Depart at Noon.

 

Monday 26 May

Ministry of Silly Pedals
An afternoon of fun bicycle based events including handsfree challenges, slow and three armed races, pick up duck and bicycle buckaroo. Bring a bicycle and a picnic. Hecklers welcome.

Meet from 2pm. Whitworth Park.

A couple of snaps from last year’s fest to get you in the biking mood :

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Bike-Lock-Key-Swap Party, Platt Fields Park

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Riders find out who’s bike they will be riding next…

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Hands Free Olympics – funniest event of the week by far!

11dPoWWow Pedal Power – party in the park; delightful evening of bike fun [if we don’t say so ourselves!]

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