Workshops

Workshops

The Adventure Cycle Festival was created to inspire and to enable more people to use their bikes as an adventure vehicle. Our workshops are a big part of how we will try to achieve this goal, but are designed to cater to both the rider wanting to venture further as well as the hardened bikepacker looking for new inspiration. From workshops on 'how to pack your bags' to full-blown packraft demos, there's something for everyone.

Packrafting could well be the missing link in your quest for adventure.  A packraft is a small lightweight inflatable boat, light enough to carry on your back, opening up a whole new world of bikepacking options. Bothy to bothy across the Scottish Lochs? A traverse of Norways's Lofoton archipelago? This workshops allows you to try a packraft under the supervision of Andy Toop from Backcountry Scotland

Stuart Wright, the man behind Bearbones Bikepacking and the BB200 event, will show you different options for lightweight and compact sleeping systems ideal for bikepacking.

This workshop, run by Tim Moss from The Next Challenge, will delve into the different types of stoves out there suitable for bikepacking.

Bearing in mind the number of miles that will be ridden over the course of the festival, we're pleased to have Claire Brady Sports Massage along who will be offering 15 Minute taster massages at the discounted rate of £5 per massage.

Please note: some of the workshop timings have changed slightly! The latest and current version can be seen below!

 

 

 

 

 

Ever fancied building your own adventure cycling wheelset? Over the course of 3 workshops throughout the weekend, you will learn to build a wheelset with components of your choice from lacing all the way to trueing. At the end of the festival, you get to ride away on a set of wheels you built yourself.

Suffering from saddle bag sway? Unsure what to put where on your bike? Lee Craigie and Emily Chappell from The Adventure Syndicate will be on hand to show you best practice based on a few thousand miles of loaded riding. 

Nutrition. When you're riding a self-supported long distance bikepacking race you'll be hard pushed to get your 5 a day on board. The most important thing is to get enough calories on board to keep your legs spinning without adding too much weight or using up too much space on the bike.

Documenting an adventure makes it more memorable and will help to inspire more people. Pannier.cc have an excellent site that revolves around exactly that and will be running a workshop to showcase best practice, from journal writing to photography and perhaps even a little film making on the move.

Let's face it, who'd want to go bikepacking without decent coffee? Local roaster, barista trainer and all round top guy Rin (Rin's Coffee) will be on hand with tips and tricks different to create a mighty fine coffee whilst on the move.

This Light My Fire workshop will allow you to learn and try different techniques to cook food on an open fire, suitable if you want to go super minimalist and leave the stove at home.

Learn useful techniques to be efficient at lighting fire in a remote wilderness setting based around some of Light My Fire's catalogue of fire lighting equipment

Fixing a puncture with a knotted inner tube, replacing a broken chainlink with a bit of wire, bodging a slashed sidewall with a bit of toothpaste tube... When you're hours or even days away from the nearest bike shop, you may need some creative thinking to get you through some of the mechanicals you may encounter along the way.

The benefits of yoga are well proven, but in an adventure cycling context yoga is perfect for both injury prevention and stretching the very muscles that allow you to keep going.

Supporters & Contributors

The Adventure Cycle Festival is supported by some of the leading manufacturers and retailers in the cycle industry, click a logo for more info. If you want your company to be involved get in touch.

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