Wheeled and weird happenings are promised on Saturday September 7th when pedal power reigns supreme on the North Quay as the Festival of Cycling comes to Douglas.
With the roadway closed to traffic North Quay will be transformed into a celebration of cycling. Coming one day ahead of the Manx Telecom End 2 End mountain bike challenge the event offers an action-packed programme that will include celebrated Isle of Man Cycling figure Steve Shimmin’s The Bodyshack SASEvents King of Sprints Challenge and bike trial displays by stunt team 3Sixty brought to you by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company.
The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company’s chief executive Mark Woodward said: ‘While 3Sixty’s performances feature some tremendous stunts and are hugely entertaining, the riders also promote a serious safety message and inspire cyclists to develop their bike skills. It was against this background, and as a company operating from an island that so actively encourages the sport of cycling, that the Steam Packet was pleased to support this festival by bringing over the 3Sixty team.’
The festival, which will run from 2 to 6pm, is not just about fast and furious fun on a bike though, as town centre manager Michelle O’Malley (pictured) explained. ‘The festival is also a means of promoting responsible cycling to all ages and all abilities, so the Isle of Man Road Safety team will be setting out a course to encourage cycling proficiency and 3Sixty will be offering tuition.
‘There will also be some commercial suppliers setting up shop on the quay - professional cycling coach Andrew Roche will be among them - and an opportunity to see the bike restoration work of Graih, the Manx-registered charity for the homeless. We’re also hoping that people with any weird and wonderful bikes will bring them along, so all in all for one afternoon only the North Quay promises to be “cycling central.”’