Cycling and other Edinburgh Festivals - Edinburgh Festival of Cycling

Cycling and other Edinburgh Festivals

Cycling and other Edinburgh Festivals

As you may know there are a few other festival in Edinburgh, so here are a few of the cycling events on offer.

First off something a little different, The Bike Station has an a small exhibition celebrating 50 Years of Flying Scot bicycles. It is free, just drop in during opening hours.

There are some fantastic talks at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, these include:

  • Chris Hoy: Sensational Cycling. Grab your bike and get down to this event to meet one of Great Britain’s most successful Olympic athletes, Chris Hoy, as he introduces his magical cycling adventure series, Flying Fergus. Join Chris and his writing and illustration team, Joanna Nadin and Clare Elsom, for a fantastically fun, fast-paced event.
  • Elly Blue: Getting To The Hub Of Cycling And Society. The social bicycle revolution keeps on spinning with Oregon’s Elly Blue leading the field. Offering a new perspective on how we get around, her Bikenomics includes a shocking comparison between cities which invest in a two-wheeled future and others that don’t. For those who already ride their way through life, this will bolster their beliefs; those who don’t will have their eyes truly opened.
  • Dervla Murphy & Jennifer Tough: Staying On Your Bike. Moving about on two wheels has never been more popular but few would undertake the endurance tests which Dervla Murphy and Jennifer Tough have put themselves through. Murphy recalls the great journeys she’s cycled, including Dunkirk to India and across Cuba, while Tough was captivated by the idea of peddling around the entire Baltic Sea coastline, where she encountered perfect beaches and less than perfect driving.
  • Juliana Buhring: The Cycle Of Life For A Record-Breaker. Feats of human endurance never cease to amaze and enthral. In 2012, against all odds, Juliana Buhring became the first woman to circumnavigate the world on a bike, after very little training and with barely any financial backing. Now a Guinness World Record holder, Buhring tells us about her upbringing, which is both fascinating and shocking. Saddle up for a classic Book Festival ride.

In addition there are great shows as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, these include:

  • In Conversation With… Graeme Obree. Described by Sir Chris Hoy as a ‘genius’, Graeme is a cyclist, parent, writer and broadcaster. Graeme has never held a driving license and commutes regularly on his bike. A regular contributor on TV and radio, often on cycling or mental health issues, Graeme is the author of two books: his autobiography The Flying Scotsman, made into the 2006 biopic starring Jonny Lee Miller as Obree, and his acclaimed training manual The Obree Way. Graeme is an accomplished speaker, regularly addressing audiences from all walks of life, including corporate groups, schools and cycling clubs.
  • Bikeology. Journalist, television presenter and best-selling author Ned Boulting brings his acclaimed ride through the world of cycling to the Fringe for the first time, for 3 shows only! From the humble commuter to the winner of the Tour de France*, Boulting takes an off-centre look at what it means to ride a bike, drawing on his own underwhelming adventures in the saddle and his 15 summers spent hurtling around France in pursuit of the sport’s biggest names. All two-wheeled life is here! *Ned Boulting has never tested positive for performance enhancing substances.
  • The HandleBards: A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The HandleBards are the world’s first cycling theatre company. Before touring their beautifully bonkers production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream around the world, they pedalled it 1500 miles around the UK by bicycle with all the necessary set, props and costume in tow. Now, their critically acclaimed show is back by popular demand in the Botanic Garden, with riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos and a great deal of laughter. Bring a picnic, bring some friends and enjoy this magical show in the great outdoors
  • The HandleBards: As You Like It. The world’s first cycling theatre company, the HandleBards, pedal from venue to venue with all the set, props and costume necessary to perform environmentally sustainable Shakespeare across the globe. Join their all-female troupe, at the peak of their 1500 mile adventure, for this bicycle-powered production with riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos and a great deal of laughter. Bring a picnic, bring some friends and enjoy this wild show in the great outdoors!

If you know of any more that we have missed please let us know. Keep on Pedaling!

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