Castle Combe Circuit saddles up for cycle festival

This Is Wiltshire: Young Chippenham Wheeler Daniel Oxenham can’t wait for  sister Sophie as she takes to two wheels for the first time Young Chippenham Wheeler Daniel Oxenham can’t wait for sister Sophie as she takes to two wheels for the first time

A wheelie wonderful day was had at the first Castle Combe Cycling Festival.

Sun shone on the event, billed as a celebration of all things bicycle for the family.

Attractions ranged from stunt bike displays to the 56-mile and 100-mile Severn Bridge Sportives, as more than 400 people turned out.

Organiser Jo Sparrow said: “The ethos of the event was to offer cycling for all ages and for all abilities, whether two or 102 years old, and – from the comments that we have received from visitors, exhibitors and traders alike – we seemed to pretty much hit the nail on the head.” Mrs Sparrow, the marketing and events manager at the track, added: “We’ve just had the nicest feedback from people. “I heard that people came from as far afield at Suffolk, Cheshire and Cambridge, so it was wonderful. “We just wanted there to be something for everyone.”

The event, organised by Castle Combe Circuit in conjunction with Andy Cook Cycling, offered Toddlerbike Tryouts for little riders, a visit by Wacky Cycles, which gave challenging rides on comedy bikes, displays from the UK’s top freestyle mountain bike display team, Savage Skills, and the circuit challenge, which offered visitors the chance to take to the historic 1.85-mile international race circuit.

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