Coronavirus won’t stop us celebrating the joy of cycle touring. With the world in lockdown, over the weekend of 25-26 April 2020, we held a fantastic virtual festival, with a mixture of online talks, films and workshops.
You can view the pre-recorded content for as long as the owner of that content keeps it available online. Access all that content via our programme, using the link below.
All events were completely free of charge and open to everyone, although we asked those who were able to make a donation to the National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal in return for our hard work (we organised the festival in our spare time as volunteers).
Profits from the sales of merchandise leading up to the festival were donated to the same cause. In total, we raised £4,526, which will be distributed via local charities to those most affected by coronavirus.
Although sales of merchandise have now closed, you can still make a donation to charity, using the link below.
Join the community
On Facebook: at the Cycle Touring Festival Facebook Page
On Slack: at cycletouringfestival.slack.com (free to join, details in the programme). This was created for the virtual festival and we currently have no plans to close the space down.
What took place during the virtual CTF?
The full programme contains details about everything that took place over the weekend. Here are just some of the sessions we hosted.
See our Speakers page for more details about many of the presenters.
Live webinars (recordings unavailable, sorry)
Andrew Sykes: Spain and Portugal on a Bike Called Wanda
A flight-free cycle across Spain & Portugal, via the Isle of Wight (& lots of ferries and trains).
Debs Butler: Flight-free Bicycle Adventures
Trip ideas and practical for adventures long and short with two wheels but no wings.
Duncan Dollimore & Sophie Gordon (Cycling UK): Adventure on your doorstep: Cycling the Great North Trail
In summer 2019 Cycling UK launched the Great North Trail, an 800-mile off-road route from the Peak District to the north coast of Scotland through some of the most stunning landscapes in Scotland and northern England. The route offers something for everyone, so whether it’s for an epic long-distance challenge, a weekend away, or a fantastic day out, find an adventure with us. You’ll also be the first to hear about Cycling UK’s newest long-distance trail launching this summer – King Alfred’s Way, a 220-mile loop around the heart of historic Wessex.
Eleanor Jaskowska: Plan Your Perfect Route With Komoot
Take the chance to get inspired and start dreaming about – and importantly, planning – future adventures. For millions of people, Komoot is the key to the great outdoors. UK Community Manager Eleanor will take you through the route planner, showing you how to find everything from finding campsites to local beauty spots.
Huw Oliver and Annie Le: Are You Lost: Bikerafting in Greenland
A slideshow presentation of a trip to western Greenland in 2018, using fatbikes and packrafts to piece together an adventurous, two-week route adventure along fjords, rolling across tundra and riding muskox trails. Not the average bike tour perhaps, with all the same things that make bicycle travel addictive and unforgettable!
Jenny Graham & Lee Craigie (The Adventure Syndicate): Resolution race
Hear the story of four female endurance cyclists, riding cargo bikes in two pairs for 1000 km. The purpose of the journey was to highlight the urgent need for people to work together to tackle climate change. They set off from Edinburgh on 26 December, arriving in Copenhagen six days later, just in time to celebrate New Years Eve. While one person rode, the other sat on the front of the bike as cargo, swapping every hour in order to manage the fatigue from the riding and the cold from the sitting. No electric assist. No vehicle support. Entirely self-supported.
Louise & Jem Clines: Trans Pennine Trail – a family version
We got a slow, close-up look at the TPT as 2 adults, a 7 year old and a 9 year old rumbling along for 10 days and nights. This was no lightweight trip, or race, but we found out plenty about how to keep such an age range occupied without too much exasperation—and how not to!
Mikel Bringas: Cycle Touring Islands
On our family cycle trips, we have visited some islands of five continents, and we want to share the beauty that they have offered us.
Rob Ainsley: Bizarre Britain
70 of Britain’s oddest cycle-touring sights: tunnels, bridges, towpaths, hills, ferries, roads, hostels, bike parking and signposts.
Wendy Badger: The Life Changing Magic of the Cycle Touring Festival
Panic, dread and jet lag pulsed through me as I dragged my pedals to Clitheroe for the 2018 Cycle Touring Festival. Terrified, I had just arrived solo from Australia to begin a 6 month cycle tour, little did I know that magical weekend would change my life…
Pre-recorded presentations and films
Anna Hughes: Les Cingles du Ventoux
In September I cycled across France from Dieppe to Nice, stopping at Mont Ventoux along the way to complete all three ascents in one day.
Caroline Burrows: A Literary Tour of the North of England
Our favourite cycling poet, Caroline Burrows will describe her literary cycling tour of the North of England, from Middle Earth to Wuthering Heights and Dracula.
John Devoy: ‘and the aftermath is troubling!’
After an extensive solo cycling journey, particularly if it turns out to be a seminal experience, returning ‘home’ can present unanticipated challenges.
Jolan Berard: 42° Goings and comings: 1,657km through Spain on a cargo bike
Having spent one year in Paris as a bike messenger, Jolan discovered cargo bikes and how they can easily replace a car in the city. He wanted to test if it was really as good to travel for long journeys, so spent 20 days cycling the Saint James Way in Spain. This short film is the result.
Kate Rawles: Life Cycle biodiversity bike ride
Cycling the length of the Andes on a bamboo bike exploring biodiversity loss as a major environmental issue. Relive Kate’s monumental journey from the top to the foot of South America on a bicycle made of bamboo.
Lilith Cooper and Abi Melton: Zine Making 101
Led by Lilith and Abi of Gears for Queers, this zine workshop will take you through the basics of zines, and how to make a page for the collaborative digital Cycle Touring Festival zine!
Pete McNeil: Riding the Silk Road Mountain Race
Shortly after returning from Kyrgyzstan, having been one of the few riders to complete the 1,700km off-road self-supported bikepacking race, Pete McNeil of Adventure Pedlars unpicks his experience. Featuring exclusive race footage, Pete gets to the bottom of the big question: “Why on Earth take on something like this?”
Tim Boden: Forging the Oyster Wheel
The story of how the Oysterwheel was built together with recommendations for anyone trying to build there own multi day route.
Tim & Laura Moss: With the Sun on Our Right
Tim and Laura quit their jobs to cycle 13,000 miles around the world. But this is not a talk about cycling. It is a talk about the world and its people.
From Turkey to Thailand and Oman to Japan, complete strangers invited these two grubby cyclists into their homes at the drop of a hat, offering the pair a unique and privileged insight into the lives of people from all walks of life.