Get ready for Chichester Cycling Festival

CITY cyclists will be buzzing from tomorrow (June 15), as it’s the start of the Chichester Cycling Festival.

There is plenty going on – from a cycle jumble to a pedal powered cinema.

The face of 20’s plenty Sarah Sharp will kick off the festival with a bicycle jumble sale tomorrow.

“Please do look in your garage and see if you have any old bike things as you may find that these things are highly valued as vintage items and you could make some money,” she said.

Tables cost £5 and entry is £1 at St Paul’s Church in Chichester, from 9am until 2pm.

Homeless charity Stonepillow will also be there on the day and will be selling restored bikes.

Stonepillow’s ‘Bike Shed’ forms part of the Restore Project, where items that would normally have ended up in landfill are restored, providing an affordable outlet of household items for people living on a low income.

On Sunday, cyclists can watch a pedal powered cycling film at 12.30pm, 3pm and 6pm at the Dance Studio, University of Chichester.

Tuesday is the Cycle to Work Day, and you can pop along to the Market Cross between 7.30am and 9.30am for free bike marking.

A Team Extreme event will interest younger cyclists, where there will be a demonstration by Team Extreme at the skate park next to Westgate Leisure Chichester on Sunday, June 23, from 11am until 4pm.

Plus there will be two evening talks by former Olympian and Tour de France rider Colin Lewis tomorrow from 7pm until 8.30pm, and another by Josie Dew, cyclist and writer, on Thursday, June 20 from 7.30-9.30pm.

Tickets for both events are £5 and both talks are being held at the Friends Meeting House, Priory Road in Chichester.

For full festival details see www.chichester.gov.uk/cycling and leaflets are available from West Sussex County Council and Chichester District Council’s offices, Westgate Leisure Chichester, local bike shops, Chichester Library and The Novium.