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!
In 2019, you told us the Sheffield ride was a little too strenuous and you’d prefer to lengthen the ride to 3 days. Ask and ye shall receive! In 2020, the Sheffield ride will begin on Tuesday 25th August, it will take place over 3 days with two overnight camps en route (just like our Bristol ride). This also means we can enjoy more beautiful countryside, and remove the busier roads from the route. You’ll arrive at Shambala on Thursday late afternoon.
Exact start locations and stop off points below may be subject to change.
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 £20 discount you must also buy a guided cycle ride. Get your tickets HERE.
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 their website for more information and full terms & conditions, and direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, Red Fox can sort you a ‘comfy upgrade’ where they will pre-pitch one of their tents for you with an air-mat and travel pillow – the Red fox team will invite you to book this option in Spring 2020
ARRIVAL ON SITE
All rides are set to arrive at Shambala on Thursday, early evening. You’ll get a free programme when you arrive and secure bike storage. As an extra well done, lovely Annette who runs our Shambala Healing Fields will be hosting two FREE revitalising, relaxing, muscle-healing workshops for all red fox cyclists on Thursday and Friday evening! More info to come on this next Spring.
THE SHEFFIELD RIDE
The ride starts with a long, gradual climb out of Sheffield city centre and into the Peak District. Most of the Peak District is over 300m above sea level so expect stunning vistas before continuing on through rural Leicestershire to Shambala’s gates.
Ride start date: Wednesday 26th August
Other important information
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 Sheffield Station for an additional £25 – your trusty bikes will be transferred back in the support van at the same time.
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 will make a booking for our group in the local pubs and restaurants.
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 all ‘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 email@example.com if you think your teen fits the bill and you’re keen to get them booked on with you.