Festival of Cycling


100k or 50k road, or 70k off-road – you decide! – along the rolling roads & tracks of South Leicestershire & Northamptonshire

We are delighted to announce that the Festival of Cycling is back for an 9th Year.

Race information

There are three distance options. Newly designed 100k and 50k road routes, plus a newly designed 70k off-road option suitable for cross and MTB. All routes take in some beautiful rolling roads and tracks throughout South Leicestershire and Northamptonshire.

The road routes will be well signposted using yellow Cycle Route signs. They will also be marked on the ground in places using spray paint. GPX files for both routes will also be provided.

Cyclists riding the off-road route should be following the route on a device – a GPX file will be provided, as the off-road route will be only be marked, using black arrows, black and yellow tape and red spray paint on the ground, to identify turns/navigation that may require more clarity than the GPX file provides.


Entries will open soon on  Let’s Do This, and will be priced at £35 for each route.

If you want to swap your entry type from road to off-road you can do so by emailing info@raceharborough.co.uk any time up to a week before the event date. Entries, and transfer of entries, will close 2-days before the event.

Entry includes a hot meal post-ride at Marston Lodge. Marston Lodge Catering prides itself on the quality of the fresh food it produces.

This year you will be served a Chickpea Curry, Chapati, and Vegetable Samosa (suitable for vegans). Hot and cold drinks will be available to buy at the start/finish.


E-bikes are permitted, but as the event is insured by British Cycling we need to conform to their guidelines which are as follows.

Electric bikes (e-bikes) are permitted provided that they comply with The Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycles Regulations 1983 SI 1983/1168

Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycles (EAPCs) – any electric bike that meets the following requirements:

  • The bike must have pedals that can be used to propel it
  • The electric motor should not be able to propel the bike when it is travelling more than 25kph / 15.5mph
  • The motor should not have a maximum power output of more than 250 watts

It must also display one item from each of the following:

  • The power output or manufacturer of the motor
  • The battery’s voltage or maximum speed of the bike

Any form of e-bike that does not comply with the above (eg, ones with a “twist & go” throttle) are not permitted.

Start time/location

Riders can start from 08:00.

Ride HQ: Marston Lodge Farm, Dick’s Hill (off Sibbertoft Road), Marston Trussell, Market Harborough, LE169TT

The routes

All of the routes for 2024 will be available soon. The 2023 routes are currently provided below.
To download the GPX file for a route, please select ‘View Full Version‘, then use the ‘More‘ button and select ‘Export as File’ to download the GPX Track FIle.

On-course support

As with all Race Harborough events, there will be professional first aid on hand at the start and finish with the ability to access cyclists on the routes.

There will be one feed station on the road routes at approximately 50k/25k. The off-road route will have one at 44k. There will be a selection of hot and cold food and drinks options including both sweet and savoury treats, keeping sugar and salt levels topped up.


All finishers will receive a bespoke event medal.

Free event photos!

As with all Race Harborough events – you don’t pay for your event pics! Free digital downloads of your event are available to download soon after the event finishes and we’ll announce their availability on our Facebook page.

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