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On your bike for Clon's chain gang fest

June 8th, 2017 11:50 AM

By Southern Star Team

ClonBikeFest celebrates its 6th year with a bumper four days of events celebrating bicycles in all their different forms. (Photo: Dermot Sullivan)

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GET your favourite bicycle shorts ready, and make sure your chain is oiled as all roads lead to Clonakilty once more for the ever-popular ClonBikeFest 2017. 

The festival, which celebrates the bicycle in all its shapes and forms is now in its sixth year and promises a bumper four days of fantastic events from June 8th.

‘Clonakilty is fast becoming a bicycle-town with its pioneering Clon Bikes being the first rural bike scheme in the country, and the Bicycle Festival is a celebration of all the joy, adventure and style that owning a bike can bring,’ organiser Allison Roberts told The Southern Star.

The festival kicks off with the opening night on Thursday June 8th, with a celebratory lap of the town on all 60 of the Clon Bikes, followed by a soiree of drinks and nibbles in O’Donovan’s Hotel, with tips and stories from some seasoned bike adventurers – the festival organisers Justin Grounds and Allison Roberts will have just returned from a cycling adventure in France on fold-up bikes and will add their story to the mix. 

‘As the weekend continues, including favourite events such as the bike clinic, the family bicycle hullaballoo, the annual cycle-in cinema and the now-legendary ‘meals on wheels’, its all about spend more time enjoying life on two wheels,’ Allison said.

Justin added:‘Other events include a literary ‘Bike-ku Haiku’ picnic cycle with poets James Waller and Tess Leak, a ‘foodie cycle’ to Courtmacsherry with a well earned supper at the Food Depot, and a project building a geodesic dome out of recycled bike wheels.’

Everything culminates in a Swing Jazz Soiree at Molly’s Cafe with the Clonakilty Jazz Collective ringing out the weekend.

See the Clonakilty Bicycle Festival Facebook page for more information. 

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