SLIDESHOW: Harrogate cycling festival

Over 200 people got on their bikes to make the most of Harrogate’s first Cycling Festival.

The event gave people a chance to celebrate the end of National Bike Week, and look ahead to the Tour de France hitting the region in just over one year’s time.

Cycling fans enjoy the fun of the festival (s)

Cycling fans enjoy the fun of the festival (s)

Organisers of the Killinghall Moor Country Park event hailed it a success.

Jo Armstrong, Harrogate Borough Council’s Sport and Play Development Officer said: “The festival went really well, with well over 200 attending.

“The police marked over 100 bikes and 50 were chipped by Immobi Tag. I am so grateful to all the cycling groups that helped make this event possible.

“It was great to see so many people getting involved and having fun as a family.

“The council’s Fit 4 Fun Team carried out some consultation and we will be working to deliver the main requests as part of the legacy of the Tour de France.”

She continued: “Many visitors asked for more led rides for families and those with disabilities.”

CycleHarrogate operator Dave Prince said: ”We parked at the Hydro and cycled up, my youngest struggling up the hills but I managed a one arm pushing, one arm steering assist up the steeper bits and he did the rest on his own.

“The event itself was great. The mini pump track was my kid’s highlight and mine if I’m honest.

“I ended up racing another dad on a 16” wheeled little kids bike. There were plenty of local bike shops in attendance, some scalextric cars you peddled bikes to get moving and a BMX ramp if you were braver.”

Cycling firms from across the district and beyond helped on the day. Organisers thanked Get Cycling from York, The Bike track people, Powa Bikes on Skipton Road, Harrogate Cycle Hire, Big Red Bike Company, North Yorkshire Police, Fit 4 Fun, BMX ramps courtesy of 4Youth, Dexion Cycles, Sustran, WheelEasy, Cappuccino Club, John Macintyre of Tag your Bike and Harrogate Hornets.