How about cycling to Glastonbury this year? You did hear us right. Anyone who’s ever attended the world famous five-day festival in Somerset knows how much of a nightmare the barely moving traffic can be, dampening spirits even before the sinking feeling when you realise you have no idea how to put up a tent.
But that, of course, isn’t the only reason you should think about donning your backpack and jumping on the saddle on the way to Worthy Farm for the 34th edition of the event, which takes place from 22nd to 26th June. Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis is sure to give you a warm welcome, being a bike nut himself. We even caught him in action on one of our Axcess electric bikes when we attended The Bath and West Show recently. He is a long time supporter of cycling, and was invited to open up a new cycle route between Radstock and Midsomer Norton, which utilises a disused rail track in the county.
“ The Axcess Shetland was on show with Espokes, a new company who expect to be opening retail premises in the Basingstoke area shortly.”
Michael, who has a history of working with groups such as Greenpeace and Oxfam, is also a big advocate of supporting charitable causes, and your Glastonbury bike ride is just screaming for some sponsorship!
OK, if you already live in the county of Somerset, the journey might sound a little less impressive, so if this is the case, why not take a few trips up and down Route 26 – the part of the National Cycle Network that extends from Castle Cary to Glastonbury?
Or you might prefer to take the scenic Route 3 from Cheddar to the Cathedral city of Wells, which passes around the Glastonbury site.
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Unless you are on an electric bike, a long road journey by regular bike can leave you exhausted (albeit with a massive sense of achievement), but if you find yourself in an edgy mood on arrival, fear not, as this year’s line-up features plenty of performers that specialises in angst-inspired music, including Muse, Adele and Coldplay, while on The Other Stage, Disclosure, New Order and LCD Soundsystem have been honoured with headlining duties.
You’ll be in need of some nourishment after your bike trip to the festival, which will be broadcast on all the BBC platforms including TV, radio and online. So get yourself over to the market areas where a whole host of fabulous food stalls await, including The Breakfast Club, Goan Fish Curries, and The Fish Finger Company.
Check out this article from the Independent on Glastonbury food to learn more about the feasting opportunities you will have over the course of the event.
This is a sensible question you have every right to ask, especially when hi-tech equipment such as Axcess electric bikes are involved. Luckily, some bright spark has thought of a solution, and BikeToGlasto is a scheme that has been set up for the purpose of providing a secure bike lock up, as well as a return luggage delivery service. No doubt Michael played some part in inviting these guys on site, and in doing so has created an opportunity to lower the carbon footprint of the festival.
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— Bike to Glasto (@biketoglasto) May 15, 2016
Glastonbury has a curious affinity with bikes which extends across the pond to the US! We recently learnt that the town of Glastonbury in the state of Connecticut is seen as one of the globe’s top spots for mountain biking.
But interesting facts aside, taking to the saddle on your way to the festival could make an already memorable experience the trip of a lifetime. Here at Axcess, we salute all those biking it to Glasto in 2016!
More information about cycling to Glastonbury this year can be found here: http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/information/getting-here/by-bike/