Everything you need to know ahead of Diss Cyclathon 2019
PUBLISHED: 17:25 19 June 2019 | UPDATED: 17:29 19 June 2019
On your bike! Diss is back in the saddle celebrating all things two-wheeled this weekend.
Chains will be oiled and tyres pumped as South Norfolk's biggest cycling event Diss Cyclathon pedals back for its fourth year on June 23.
The popular cycling event and family fun day for cyclists young and old last year saw more than 1,000 people take to the country lanes and enjoy the cycling-related entertainment in the town's park beside Diss Mere.
The event has proved to be such a success that last year's was named 'Best Cycling Event' at Cycling UK's volunteer awards.
What is Diss Cyclathon?
An event billed as a day to celebrate all that is good about cycling in Norfolk and Suffolk. This year they have been working in partnership with Cycling UK to make it even bigger and better. As well as offering a variety of fantastic rides for really keen cyclists and shorter fun rides for families to do together, there is lots for all the family to do on Diss Park.
When and where is it happening?
It is taking place on June 23 fromk noon to 5pm mainly based in Diss Park but with family rides departing from Fair Green.
How can I take part on my bike?
Now in its fourth year, the Nine Town Sportive is one of the must do Sportives in Norfolk and Suffolk. Starting and finishing in Diss there's something for everyone, but for those hardy enough there is a splendid 100 mile route around all nine market towns - mostly on country lanes but with a few more open stretches for you to get the legs going.
That's a bit far, can I do something shorter?
There is a 50 mile route taking in Harleston, Long Stratton, Wymondham and Attleborough before returning to Diss, stopping off at the leisure centre in Long Stratton at the half way point for a quick feed stop. Or try the lovely 25 mile route from Diss to Harleston and back, almost completely on country lanes.
How do I sign up to join in?
By clicking this link Diss Cyclathon 2019 to get your rider pack in the post. Or, if you've left it late or would rather buy a pack in person you can do that at Pedal Revolution in Norwich or Gt Yarmouth, or from Madgetts Cycles in Diss.
What about the family rides?
Diss CTC are inviting families to enjoy the joys of cycling in the locality. There will be circular routes of 5, 10 or 15 miles, but do what you feel comfortable with on the day. Try the full ride but if you want to opt out and do a shorter distance no problem. Starting from Fair Green - leave when you like between 10am and noon Entry £5 for over-16s if booked online, £7 on the day. Accompanied 16s and under ride for free. All riders get a medal at the finish!
What else is happening in Diss Park and do I have to cycle?
Not at all. There is plenty to do off the saddle too in Diss Park, hosted by Park Radio. Children will be able to enjoy cycle related arts activities with IMPS Bubbleologist and magic shows from Steff and Nonesense. Children's entertainer Steff Evans will be joined by her cheeky monkeys. There will be masses of cycling trade shows and fun, lots of food stalls and a beer tent by Grain Brewery from Harleston.
Is there live music?
Yes there will be a free mini-festival supporting Diss Cyclathon. For the second year WoW Festival organisers are running using the pagoda style park pavilion as stage for four live bands and vinyl DJ, Dr Shakey, who incidentally is a real doctor of psychology! The line up is Millie Manders and the Shut Up headlining supported by Forest of Fools, Galli and Hurricane Wolves. Music begins around noon and extends until the early evening. Promoter Geoff Dixon said: "The people of Diss are lucky that the organisers of the Cyclathon have stumped up the funds to allow us to bring these great talents to a free gig in their park. The Saturday night before is Roydon Sound Waves in Diss, with the amazing Little Red Kings and Pirate Joe and the Foreign Normals, so combining the two gigs it is a real feast of regional talents."
Is it in a good cause?
Diss Cyclathon aims to top last year's 1,000 riders pedalling to raise more than £10,000 for charity. Leading technology company Midwich is sponsoring the festival of cycling for the third consecutive year with funds being raised for the company's chosen charity, Norwich & Central Norfolk Mind.