Kilkenny Bike Fest – a great day on wheels in store this Sunday!

Kilkenny County Council and Cycling Ireland have come together to organize Bike Fest, a family festival for outdoor and cycling enthusiasts, in Kilkenny this Sunday.

The County Hall grounds will be transformed into an outdoor playground and celebration of sustainability for the entire community.

The Bike Fest kicks off with a Slow Roll through town for all ages and abilities, leaving County Hall at noon and returning to the Bike Fest celebrations. Activities include family cycles, e-bike trials, foraging cycles, balance bike, obstacle courses, mountain biking, and off-road areas.

The activities are not limited to cycling. Orienteering Ireland has designed a day course along the river and an orienteering maze for a great introduction to orienteering in a small secure area.

Local artists have also joined us to offer hands-on workshops, ranging from windmill catchers, plant printing and photography, organic teas and drumming workshops for adults and children.

For gardening enthusiasts, there are no-dig workshops and tours of gardening and seed planting.

Roisín Hickey, Cycling Ireland, said it promises to be a big event this year.

“We are delighted that Cycling Ireland has chosen Kilkenny for Bike Fest – Family Festival,” she said. “I’m excited to be able to offer people the opportunity to try off-road biking in one location in town. There will be levels for everyone, from balance bikes to mountain bikes.

Caitríona Corr, cycling manager at Kilkenny County Council, says there is great momentum behind this year’s festival.

“It’s great to see clubs, organizations and cycling enthusiasts coming together to create such a packed schedule of events for the week to promote cycling in our community,” she said.

“It’s not just for cyclists, it’s a fun event for the whole family.”

There will be a limited number of parking spaces available on the day so, if possible, cycle to the event.

Cycling enthusiasts who share a passion for hurling are also encouraged to leave the car behind on match day at UPMC Nowlan Park on Saturday for the much-anticipated clash with Wexford.

There will be goodies on arrival for those traveling on two wheels.

The full program of events is available at ‘visitkilkenny.ie/bikefest’.

Maria R. Newman