North West Velo Fest 2012

Wednesday 23rd May – Wednesday 30th May

All events are FREE!

Wednesday 23rd May

Launch Party
We’ll have some refreshments, play some bike related pub games then ride home on our bikes together on quiet roads. Free food courtesy of The Spokes. Prizes kindly donated by Bicycle Boutique.
From 6pm, Sandbar, Grosvenor St, M1 7HL

Thursday 24th May

The Spokes Open Bike Play
Come and have a go on our little green bikes. We’ll play some games and show you some tricks and moves. No previous dance experience necessary and we’ll provide the bike!
7-9pm, The Circus House, 1A Central Retail Park, Gt Ancoats Street,  M4 6DJ

Hardcourt Bike Polo Beginner Session
Come along and have a go or just watch. If you can ride a bike you can play! Bikes and mallets available. See for more info.
6.30-9pm The Powerhouse 140 Raby St, M14 4SL

Greater Manchester Cycling Campaign Social Ride to Fletcher Moss
Discover pleasant, low traffic routes out of the city, and visit places with scenic, cultural and historical interest. The ride will call at a pub for sustenance, liquid refreshments and plenty of cycling chat!
No need to join or sign up, just turn up and ride. More info from Rob Raikes – raikes[at] or
5.30pm Meet at Albert Square, M2 7DH, departs at 6pm

Friday 25th May

Bike Friday
A morning ride to work, college or just to the shops. Leaving around 8am from various locations across Manchester, arriving around 8.30am. We ride at a moderate pace and have experienced ride leaders. See for info

Critical Mass
A ride around the city in protest to car culture, that happens on the last Friday of every month. Bring music, drinks, friends, lights…..
6pm, Meet Outside Central Library, departs approx 6.30pm
Post ride pint in Hardy’s Well, Rusholme, M14 5LN.

Saturday 26th May

Cyclotrash Bike Dash Alleycat
A Eurovision themed treasure hunt around the city on bikes, race in pairs. We have some amazing prizes, which have been generously donated by our sponsors! Prizes for best fancy dress, fastest, slowest, most points and more!
3pm at Exchange Square opp The Triangle M4 3TR, Race at 4pm

The Fixt Drift Eliminator

Brought to you by cantgoslo. Fixed gear only All bikes welcome! Multi-storey elimination race. Check the blog for details

8pm Registration at Sandbar, Grosvenor St, M1 7HL; 8.30pm Race!

Pre-reg at

Sunday 27th May

Long country ride
A ride for more experienced road riders. 30 – 50 miles of rolling Cheshire country roads. Bring puncture repair kits, refreshments, lights, tools and waterproofs.
10.30am for 11am ride, Meet at the Four Banks junction, Chorlton, M21 0NW

The Gabardine (No, not Tweed) Ride
A genteel paced ride – well one could not possibly sweat, could one? Dress in suitable attire.
1-4pm, Manchester Town Hall, 2 Albert Square, M60 2JT

Post Ride Pint
All Sunday rides will terminate by 4pm. If you can’t make a ride, come and meet us for a pint!
4pm onwards, Jackson’s Boat, Rifle Road, M33 2LX

Monday 28th May

Film Night
It’s your choice, as we will be having a vote for which film we watch. We have a couple of bike-themed films, which will be announced soon. Come along and bring your (loudest) mates to make sure the film you want to watch is screened!
6pm, Film 1 and 8pm Film 2, King’s Arms, Salford, Manchester, M3 6AN

Tuesday 29th May

Moonlight Ride
A 30-mile evening road ride to Dunham Massey and back. Bring lights and puncture repair kit. We will stop mid-way for some refreshment.
5.30pm Meet at Sandbar, Grosvenor St, M1 7HL, departs at 6pm

Wednesday 30th May

Festival Close and Awards Ceremony
More fun and games to close NWVF. Prizes and awards for stand out festival goers.
From 6pm, Sandbar, Grosvenor St, M1 7HL

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