Stories from Summer | 7-9 October 2022
In-person event | Waddow Hall, Clitheroe, Lancashire
The first in-person event for 3.5 years was a chance to get together and share tales of what we’ve been doing over the last few months – and years!
|9am||Contributions from everyone!||Welcome and plenary session||What do you know, what do you want to know?|
|10am||Rob Ainsley||Reasons to Ride||There’s three types of joke, and there’s three types of cycle tour. A roundup of Rob’s summer touring highlights including Slovakia, Belgium, White Horses, Yorkshire whisky, wild swimming, the world’s first bike ride, and a lot of funny pictures.|
|11am||Tristam Newey||A Bicycling Idyll: touring with HG Wells||In 1896 the famous science fiction writer HG Wells wrote a little known novel that indulged in his obsession of a new craze – cycling and cycle touring. Tristam set out to follow in Wells’ wheel tracks, to see whether the ‘Wheels of Chance’ remained ‘a bicycling idyll’ today.|
|12pm – 1:30pm||–||Lunchbreak||Browse maps, take part in informal activities and discussions.|
Bring your lunch to eat in the marquee.
Informal session on using your GPS with Graham Ashton.
|1:30pm||Andrew Sykes||Le Grand Tour||Having abandoned trips to Japan and around the Baltic, Andrew sets off along more familiar territory on a 5,000km circular tour from the Hook of Holland to the Hook of Holland via The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria and Germany along some of Europe’s most iconic cycling routes.|
|3pm||Louise Clines||Interrailing with bikes||Exploring Europe by train and bike, with a family.|
|4pm||Tim McKenna||Baltic explorations||Having spent the summer cycling a lap of the Baltic coastline, Tim will share his stories from the road. He’ll be joined in conversation by Tim Moss, co-organiser of the festival, who spent a month exploring the Baltics with Laura and their (at the time) 9 month old baby.|
|5pm||Caroline Burrows||Turning pedals into poems||Caroline’s one-woman poetry show, which she has toured by bike during August and September 2022, starting in Bristol, travelling via rural locations and cities, over the Peak District and the Pennines, up to Berwick-Upon-Tweed, and a bit beyond. |
As heard on Radio 4, BBC Radio Bristol and more.
|6pm – 8pm||–||Dinner break (bar open from 6pm – 11pm)||Meet in the marquee at 6.15pm to discuss dinner plans / order a mass takeaway.|
|8pm||Contributions from everyone!||Plenary session||Stories from summer|
|9am||–||Kit chat||Join us in the marquee with a brew for some informal discussions about cycle touring kit|
|10am||Jo & Debs||How far would you push your bike for cake?||Sustaining type 1 fun on an off-road tour in Germany and the Netherlands.|
|11am||Ann Wilson||Five Weeks Following the Rhine Cycle Route||A tale of heat and hills and broken toes.|