Festival launches with special bike race

Cyclists of all ages helped launch this year’s Walk and Ride Festival with the Great Tweed Pie Race.

The event saw around 40 riders take part in races at the cycle speedway track at Hollins Park in Sowerby Bridge.

The Great Pie Tweed Cycle Race and launch of the Walk and Ride Festival at Hollins cycle track, Sowerby Bridge.'Ready for the first race, from the left, Sam Wright, eight, Millie Wright, six, Eve Dobson, four, and Rafe Dobson, two.

The Great Pie Tweed Cycle Race and launch of the Walk and Ride Festival at Hollins cycle track, Sowerby Bridge.'Ready for the first race, from the left, Sam Wright, eight, Millie Wright, six, Eve Dobson, four, and Rafe Dobson, two.

Sue Leffman, Walk, Cycle and Ride officer, said: “It went really well. The idea was to promote the Walk and Ride Festival and the South Pennines as a destination for cycling and walking.

“It’s also part of the celebrations of Calderdale being part of next year’s Tour de France but putting our own South Pennines spin on it.

“Yorkshire has a tag of flat caps and tweed which sometimes you want to get away from but in this event we decided to embrace it.

“Everyone who participated also got a pork pie from Deli Belge made at Ingfield Farm, and the winner got a special four pund pork pie with a bike motif.”

There will be around 200 events during the festival, which will include everything from a cycling film night at the Hebden Bridge Picture House, health walks and a bat walk and talk to a Nordic walk around Marsden and an Up The Buttress mountain bike event.

The festival runs between 7-17 September.