Pedal Norfolk will return to Holkham Hall this May half term from Saturday 27th – Monday 29th May 2017, launching a brand new Eastern Counties closed road race and welcoming Sky Sports Cycling Correspondent and Presenter, Orla Chennaoui, who will be returning to tackle some of the routes covering 250 miles of stunning north Norfolk countryside.
Taking place on the first day of the festival on Saturday 27th May, the Eastern Counties closed road race will begin at 5pm and will circle a 10km loop starting outside Holkham Hall. With 75 category two, three and four riders racing nine laps of the course, totalling 113km or 70 miles, it will be an unmissable spectacle.
Holkham Hall will be the incredible backdrop to Pedal Norfolk – the action packed three-day family friendly cycling festival in aid of Walking With The Wounded. Over 2,500 cyclists and more than 8,500 visitors are expected to attend including Orla Chennaoui, who will be replacing her microphone for a helmet once again. Orla will also be interviewing budding Bradley Wiggins’ and Chris Hoys, having interviewed the World and Olympic Champions herself, most recently at the Rio Olympics, she knows how to make participants feel like champions.
During Pedal Norfolk, festival goers will have the opportunity to ride 20, 50 or 100 mile signposted safe and supported routes along north Norfolk’s scenic country and coastal roads with feed stations along the way. From the gentle and easygoing flat routes to the more gruelling up hills, the roads are virtually car free, allowing participants enjoyable and safe riding conditions. For the ultimate challenge, in the Blue Ribbon Event, experienced riders will have the opportunity to conquer the full 250 miles over three days.
Once off their bikes, avid and amateur cyclists alike will also be able to test out the latest techy cycling products, and meet and chat with professionals showcasing the very latest kit. For children, within the grounds of Holkham, there will be an ultra-safe 7-mile car free bicycle route, a cycle academy for ages four to 12 years, balance bike training for children aged one year and up, grass track training and a mountain bike course through the woods.
There will be plenty of activities for visitors with the brilliant children’s woodland adventure play area, ‘Field to Fork’ Experience, games, rides, lakeside fun and music, all tying into a great family day out. The entertainment will continue into the evening in the Adnams’ beer tent with more competitions, talks and live bands.
At the end of the day, visitors will be able to camp in the grounds of Holkham Hall, a rare occasion and an exciting experience for little ones. Camping by the stunning lake, the campsite is safe and secure with facilities and showers for guests to feel right at home.
To enter into the British Cycling Eastern Counties closed road race, guests can book online.
Early bird Tickets for the Saturday road race can be booked for £25 online with a £1 booking fee or they can be bought on the day for £35.
Tickets for Pedal Norfolk can be booked online.