Annual Ayrshire Women's Cycle Festival goes virtual
Posted on 12 Jun 2020
This year’s Ayrshire Women’s Cycling Festival is to be hosted virtually for the first time.
Celebrating women and all things cycling related, the festival will be held online over three days – Wednesday 17, Thursday 18 and Friday 19 June.
With the Trinity Active Travel Hub, Irvine, joining forces with counterparts at the Kilmarnock and Ayr hubs, the annual festival – now in it’s second year with all three hubs taking part – was due to run in July 2020 however due to Covid-19, the event will go digital rather than face-to-face.
Although participants will remain physically distant, the festival provides an exciting opportunity for women to connect with other women all over Ayrshire and the world to offer support, inspiration and guidance from afar.
The exciting programme of events will include a series of online bike-related content, including live video presentations, pre-recorded cycling talks, “how-to” videos, bike stories, games and more.
Although the festival is free to take part, you will need to register in advance for both the live and pre-recorded events which will be hosted using ‘Zoom’ webinars.
To view the events schedule and find out how to register, visit the Virtual Festival Programme on the event website here: https://ayrshirewomenscyclefestival.org/
Speakers will be covering a wide range of topics from bike-packing in Vietnam, to winning workplace cycling awards and cross-country cargo bike races. Other highlights include:
- A mini film festival with short films about women and cycling (6-7pm) on Wednesday 17 June
- A Mountain Biking in Ayrshire webinar where local women share their favourite Ayrshire mountain bike trails (5.30-6.30pm) on Thursday 18 June
- An informative webinar from Lindsey Johnson-Bikejor, Ayrshire-based founder of Cani-Fit, the dog fitness training company, (6.45-7.45pm) on Friday 20 June.
Councillor Alex Gallagher, Cabinet Member for Economy at North Ayrshire Council, said: “Although in a different format this year, I am confident that this first ever virtual cycling festival for women across Ayrshire is going to be a great success as cycling has become increasingly popular over the past few months and for many, is now their preferred method of travel.
“Offering a great opportunity for people to connect during these uncertain times, the virtual festival will provide an inspiring online space to encourage and support women in Ayrshire to cycle more regardless of their current cycling ability or experience.
“Cycling has become a way of life for tens of thousands of people across Scotland so the festival will be perfect for those wishing to exchange knowledge and pick up new tips from like-minded people.”
The Trinity Active Travel Hub was awarded funding as part of the Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund established by Transport Scotland from funds awarded under European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020 programme to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transport and improve air quality.