Everything you need to know about the Pedal Norfolk cycling festival at Holkham Hall over the bank holiday weekend
PUBLISHED: 10:43 27 May 2017 | UPDATED: 10:44 27 May 2017
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Over 2,500 cyclists are set to descend on Holkham Hall this Bank Holiday weekend as the estate once again hosts the cycling festival Pedal Norfolk.
The event, which is run in collaboration with charity partner Walking with the Wounded, is also expecting more than 8,500 visitors, many of whom will be taking advantage of the rare opportunity to camp within the stunning grounds.
Among the riders will be Sky Sports cycling correspondent Orla Chennaoui who will be hanging up her microphone once again to tackle some of the routes but the individual cycling events and activities on offer are aimed at all ages and levels of ability, from first time cyclists, to Lycra-clad professionals.
Festival-goers will have the opportunity to ride 20, 50 or 100-mile signposted safe and supported routes along north Norfolk’s scenic country and coastal roads with feed stations along the way.
From the gentle and easy-going flat routes to the more gruelling up hills, the roads are virtually car free.
For the ultimate challenge, in the Blue Ribbon Event, experienced riders will have the opportunity to conquer the full 250 miles over three days.
For the first time this year, supported by British Cycling and run by the Fatbirds Cycling Team, an Eastern Counties closed-road race will take place on Saturday at 5pm. Starting in front of Holkham Hall it will take serious competitors on a route through some of the park’s key landmarks at speed during a nine lap race of a 9.8km loop.
For children there will be an ultra-safe seven-mile car-free bicycle route, a cycle academy for ages four to 12 years, balance bike training for children aged one year and up, grass track training and a mountain bike course through the woods.
Peter Flett, director sportive of the festival, said: “Now in our fifth year we think that we’ve built the ultimate cycling festival for the whole family. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve ridden a bike in years or not, you’ll still have a brilliant time.”
Day admission to Holkham park for visitors to enjoy the festival will be £5 per adult and children 16 years and under will be free.