22 May 2015
First there was the Giro d’Italia, then the Gran Fondo, now it’s the Piccolo Fondo…Sustrans is calling for you to put on your pink shirts, wacky wigs and accessories from last year and get on yer’ bike!
On Saturday 20 June, the charity is organising 4 led bike rides for all the family along radial routes into the Titanic Quarter for the Northern Ireland Festival of Cycling.
The Piccolo Fondo – The Big Pink Pedal is expected to attract around 400 cyclists along greenways and quiet roads into Belfast for a family festival of food, drink, entertainment and the exciting centre-piece – a velodrome open to the public.
The rides, which will be fully marshalled by Sustrans volunteers, will leave from Comber, Holywood, Lisburn and Whiteabbey with pick-up points along the way.
Volunteer Co-ordinator, Rachael Ludlow-Williams said: “We all remember the great atmosphere of the Giro d’Italia and the buzz about cycling. The Gran Fondo is for non-professional cyclists who want to compete but the Piccolo Fondo is a great chance to join in for a relaxed bike ride into the city. You don’t have to be a lycra-clad racing cyclist but just enjoy being out on your bike. So come explore with us the National Cycle Network (NCN). Tell your family and friends, get into the pink and come along for the ride.”
Free cycle training
Thanks to funding from the Public Health Agency, Sustrans is also offering FREE cycle training and bike checks in the weeks leading up to the Piccolo Fondo. The cycle training is open to all ages, although children must be able to cycle unaided, and is to improve your confidence and skills on the road. The sessions also provide a basic bike check, repairing minor problems and showing you how to fix punctures.
This is the 20th anniversary of the NCN in the UK. It runs for over 14,000 miles across the UK, linking up villages, towns and cities. The Network is open to everyone, whether on foot or by bike and is used by nearly 5 million people a year.
- Find out about volunteering with Sustrans in Northern Ireland
- Find out more about how we're celebrating 20 years of the National Cycle Network and how you can get involved.