We’re sure that Northwich town centre has never seen quite that volume of cyclists all at one time before – as swarms of bikers from across the board made their way to the start line of the family friendly mass participation bicycle ride to launch the festival for the day. The driving rain didn’t seem to put people off- as the hardy clusters prepared for the ride – we saw little sprockets wearing enormous goggles and scientists glasses as they wheeled their mini bikes past our tent. We saw Castelli clad huge calved serious lycra brigades, plenty of shoppers with flowers adorning their baskets, neat couples on hybrids, older generations in their impeccably uniformed team kits and all sorts of combinations of little and large and of course, the best adapted bikes we’d ever seen including a five person tandem adorned with gold tubing and huge moving butterfly wings [it didn’t surprise us to recognise that this driving force was the wonderful people behind the all ability cycling project Simply Cycling].
Sheltering from the relentless rain we rigged up our elaborate pedal powered karaoke [titled “Karao-eco]; we don’t get it out that often as it takes about a hundred hours to set up, but when the comedy element of the project kicks in + we find a line-up of panting singing cyclists blaring out their favourite song it all seems worth it. The best effort from the day was a wonderful face painted family singing a beautiful rendition of a UB40 track – and miraculously the blue skies appeared from nowhere [we like to think the singing had everything to do with it!]
The bike line-up of stalls included collaborations with British Cycling, Breeze Network, Wheels For All and a number of local riding clubs and frame builders to provide a mini showcase of avenues to encourage people into cycling.
Thanks for having us Pedal Power and hope to see you again next year!