As we stagger towards Summer, you might be looking for ideas for fun and frolics to fill those long, sunny weekends – or provide fun and entertainment despite the weather…our friends at the Orbital Cycling Festival may have the answer, for one weekend at least!
This brand new cycling festival is taking place at the Goodwood Motor Circuit in West Sussex from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July. There will be plenty for all the family, including family rides, performances by the Animal Bike Tour, exhibitions from top cycling manufacturers, and the iconic Brompton World Championships. CTC are delighted to be one of the charity partners from this event, and all money raised as a result of this event will support us in helping more people, like Ken change their lives through cycling.
Entry & Camping
The Orbital Cycling Festival has been designed to offer something for everyone - family rides, road, track and offroad races, kids workshops, Go-Ride training, bike demo track and much more to be announced in the run up to the event on 26th to 28th July 2013.
General entry passes are available for Friday, Saturday or Sunday and for the whole weekend. The festival will include camping on the site used by the Goodwood Festival of Speed and with up to 680 pitches, 3000 people can be accommodated under canvas, in campers or in caravans.
Families are a major focus for the event and entry for all under 13's (on 1st Jan 2013) is completely FREE. Discounted family tickets for 2 Adults & 2 Youths (13 to 17) are available for each of the 3 days and for the weekend. The current price list is available on the Orbital website.
Charity Partners & Family Rides
CTC are delighted to be one of the charity partners for this exciting new event, and even more excited to be benefiting from the entry donations from the Sunday afternoon family ride. This exciting, yet gentle ride will give you the chance to peek behind the scenes at Orbital, and Goodwood itself, and get the chance to follow in the footsteps of cycle and motor racing legends as you pedal round the fantastic track. It's a gentle ride, suitable for all the family, but with excitement guaranteed. To enter, visit the Orbital Cycling Festival website.
Racing & Workshops
The current racing schedule offers numerous safe, closed road and track opportunities for all riders from 13 upwards - Youth A & B, Women & Men. There's an offroad cross race around the perimeter track and lots of options on the traffic free circuit from 20km time trial to fixed gear crit and flying lap. A full list of the current race programme can be found on Orbital website. For the under 13's we'll be offering Go-Ride races on the Goodwood go-kart track, right next to the Paddock Expo, in the heart of the action. A number of skills workshops, hosted by pro riders, will be available all weekend for trials, BMX and pump track training.
All races have been designed specifically around the Goodwood Motor Circuit venue and have been given names like Tutti Frutti (scratch race), X+1 (road race), Dirty Critter (cross race) and Tactician (eliminator race).
Expo, Attractions & Coffee
At the heart of the Orbital Cycling Festival will be the Paddock Expo which will host a huge range of cycling-centric exhibitors and showing off the latest bikes, accessories and apparel to try and buy. Many bikes will be available for test rides throughout the weekend. There will be on site cash machines provided by Thomas Cook and wi-fi will be available for exhibitors to process card payments efficiently. Secure bike parking will be provided in the Paddock Expo.
The super slick Animal Action Sport Tour will at Orbital all weekend creating a buzz in the Paddock Expo and complemented by Matti Hemmings performing his latest flatland BMX moves. High quality coffee and cake will be delivered by Look Mum No Hands and other caterers have been hand-picked to offer high quality artisan food products.