RED FOX CYCLE TOURS

We’ve again partnered with Red Fox Cycling, to offer guided bike rides from different cities to Shambala. Cycle from Bristol, London or Sheffield to the festival!

HOW IT WORKS

The first thing to note is that although, regardless of ticket type, anyone can join the rides by buying a Red Fox guided ride ticket, but if you buy a Cyclist adult entry ticket with a £15 discount you must also buy a guided cycle ride.

If you book a discounted Cyclist Adult festival ticket at any tier, but don’t arrive at the festival on a Red Fox guided ride – your ticket is not valid for entry.

All routes have been tried and tested – they are scenic, safe and frequently off road. Riders will be accompanied by a support van which will carry everything that you don’t want to!

Although all tickets are to be bought on the Shambala ticket page please note that these tours are provided by an independent third party Red Fox.  Please see there website for more information and full terms & conditions, and direct any questions to admin@redfoxcycling.co.uk.

More info on all Red Fox’s packages can be found here.

OVERNIGHT STOPS

The folks at Red Fox Cycling have handpicked campsites for our riders to lay their weary heads, on route. The cost of your tent pitch is included in your package. You can either bring your own tent along in the support van, put it up and take it down yourself, or for an extra fee, the Red Fox Cycling team can sort you a ‘comfy upgrade’ where they will pre-pitch one of their tents for you with an air-mat and travel pillow – just choose that open when you book your spot on their web page.

MEALS

The Red Fox team have your breakfast and lunch covered – you’ll either be booked in for pub lunches/meals on the way, or the team will rustle you up some tasty grub from the support van – complete with tables and chairs for an alfresco meal. They’ll also sort out snack breaks along the way. Dinner is up to you, but the Red Fox team have suggestions for local food options close to each campsite.

ARRIVAL ON SITE

Both rides are set to arrive at Shambala on Thursday, early afternoon. You’ll also get a free programme on arrival, a discount on massages for those weary bike muscles, and secure bike storage.

GETTING HOME

Don’t worry, nobody expects you to cycle back from the festival too! You’ve already proved that you are absolute warriors, so for gods sake put your feet up! If you’ve got pals at the festival with room in their vehicle for your bike, feel free to jump in with them, but Red Fox will also be offering a return journey in a coach, back to Bristol Temple Meads or Willesden Junction station for an additional £15 – your trusty bikes will be transferred back in the support van at the same time.

HOW HARD IS IT?!

If you’ve still got your stabilisers on, this probably ain’t for you – however, it’s hardly the Tour De France, either. The Red Fox team have tried the routes themselves and have deemed them both ‘moderate’. You are looking at covering about 45 miles a day (with snack stops and rest breaks, naturally) so please take this into account when deciding if this is for you – if you’ve never cycled very far before, have a good old think about whether you’d manage – and perhaps do a bit of training.

CAN I BRING MY KIDS?

The rides cover a fair old distance, so this is adults only really, though an exception could be made if you’d like to bring a particularly cycling-mad teen with you, who has previously covered distances like this happily. Drop us an email on admin@redfoxcycling.co.uk if you think your teen fits the bill and you’re keen to get them booked on with you.

CYCLING TO SHAMBALA INDEPENDENTLY OF THE RED FOX CYCLE TOURS?

Shambala will always salute those who have ridden to the festival on a bike with a secure bike park (inside the event this year for peace of mind).

Please ensure you have adequate water, snacks and places to stay on the way.

Maps are downloadable here for: Birmingham (45 miles – 1 day), Sheffield (115 miles – 3 days), London (122 miles – 2 days), Manchester (124 miles – 3 days), and Bristol (142 miles – 3 days).

WHAT TO TAKE
Packed lunch and water
Cycling kit (including spare inner tube, working bike and waterproof coat and trousers!)
Cycling helmet (keep safe!)
Tent and sleeping bag
Locks and lights
Outrageous fancy dress for Saturday night Carnival & revelry!

GETTING HOME
The return journey is your responsibility. You can book your bicycle on the train (you must do this in advance) or arrange a lift back with a friend. We offer free shuttle buses to the station (Market Harborough). You can also of course cycle back too!

RECOMMENDED CAMPSITES
From Sheffield
Night One: Smeaton’s Lakes Campsite
Night Two: Eye Kettleby Lakes Campsite

From London
Town Farm Campsite

From Bristol
Night One: Bridge House
Night Two: Burgess Farm

Shambala cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage to bikes. All liability and responsibility for the rides rests with the independent provider Red Fox Cycling.

AND IF YOU WISH TO CYCLE INDEPENDENTLY

Feel free to use the maps provided below as inspiration if you fancy planning your own ride. Please note that they a few years out-of-date, so do your own research before going ahead.

London to Shambala Cycle Maps

Sustrans have kindly provided these maps but have noted that these routes have not been ridden recently and may contain errors; so check before you cycle. …

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