3 weeks until Spokesfest

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  1. Seamus

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    Anyone else going?
     
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    The popular Cyclists' Barbeque will be the first event of the festival and will be held at the Museum of Technology on Thursday evening, 24th July at 7pm. The massive Gimson beam engine will be in steam and there will be food and a bar. This is always a popular event and attracts a big local crowd.

    Friday 25th July - Urban Zero
    Short ride around the city looking at some of the areas and buildings due for regeneration. Please note that this ride will take place on a combination of narrow bumpy paths and busy city streets - you have been warned. Possible sweet shop and museum stop.
    Saturday 26th July - Souther Saunter with Roger and the Hilldodgers
    Leaves Abbey Park Café at 10.30am for 40 miles of quiet Leicestershire roads. Find out why we very nearly celebrated the centenary of powered flight in Leicestershire during September 1999. Stanford Hall in southern Leicestershire will be opening their grounds and both motorcycle and Percy Pilcher museums especially for all Hilldodgers. Entry fee is £3.50 each and if there are sufficient numbers (20+) the ladies of the village will open the tearooms too. Get there before Simon Sprocketbender if you want any cake. Back by 4.30/5.00pm A second shorter ride to a village pub or cafe will leave at around the same time
    Saturday 26th July 6.30pm - at the Abbey Pumping Station Museum
    The City of Leicester will be naming part of a cycle route after local cycling legend Bert Harris. In the 1890’s he was a cycling superstar known across the world. Tragically he was killed in a racing accident on Easter Monday 1897 just before his 24th birthday. Contemporary newspaper reports estimated 250,000 people lined the two-mile route taken by his funeral cortege to Welford Road Cemetery where the cyclists of England erected a memorial to him.
    A number of period bicycles will lead the short ride to the naming venue.

    The main festival will take place on Sunday 27th July in Abbey Park in the centre of Leicester near the Museum of Technology and the National Space Centre.During the day there will be a variety of activities going on around the park:
    · Human Powered Vehicle racing with the British Human Power club on the Oval
    · A display of bikes for family cycling with Leicester Spokes
    · A world record attempt at the Penny Stack on the Gas Bank organised by the Desford Lane Pedallers
    · Cycles for people with special needs on display by Cyclemagic and Bikeability
    · Family cycling treasure hunt with the local Cyclists Touring Club
    · The One Mile Ordinary (Penny Farthing) Championship race on the Oval

    If you are coming from outside Leicester and would like to stay there will be limited camping facilities available at the Museum of Technology for £5 per person per night available from Thursday afternoon (24th July) to Monday morning (28th July).

    Bloomin' 'eck! Only just spotted the change of venue for camping. That 'd have stuffed me.
     
  5. Carol Hague

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    Seamus <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Anyone else going?
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    We'll be there, probably on Friday night, certainly Sat & Sun.

    I'll remind Rob to bring you some beer :)

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    Carol Hague "The glassblower's cat is bompstable"
    - Dorothy L. Sayers, _Clouds of Witness_
     
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