Updated: Friday, 24th November 2017 @ 8:08am

'Saddle up': Manchester city centre to host free cycling events in North West festival

'Saddle up': Manchester city centre to host free cycling events in North West festival

| By Thomas Holt

Manchester city centre will host ten days of free cycling events starting on Friday June 5 and ending on Sunday June 14.

The North West Velo is now into its fourth year and will be bringing with it the longest line-up of events in its short history.

The annual festival features 15 events including the infamous World Naked Bike Ride – where participants are encouraged to ‘dare to bare’ – and the Tour De Manc, which will take in the sights of our city as well as a themed treasure hunt.

Events will give visitors the opportunity to drop in for a free bicycle check-up and maintenance service as well as a chance to put their pedal to the metal on the pedal-powered sound system.

Fashion-conscience riders can join the Tweed Ride, a minimum-exertion cycle starting from Albert Square, for well-dressed wheelers to take to the city’s streets.

North West Velo Fest organiser, Kat Malin-August said: “The events will give people the opportunity to experience sides of cycling they may not have encountered before, such us bike polo and mountain biking.”

For more information about the North West Velo Fest, and a full calendar of events please visit http://www.nwvelofest.org

Main image courtesy of Sascha Kohlmann, with thanks.