Cycling festival gears up for Broughton Castle return

Last year's festival
Last year's festival

Organisers of the Broughton Castle Cycling Festival are aiming to include even more cyclists of all abilities as the event returns for a second year.

The festival, which is a collaboration between the Rotary Club of Banbury Cherwell and Banbury Star Cyclists’ Club, will take place on Sunday, July 13.

Rotarian Tony Carney, one of the organisers, said: “We had 440 participants last year and we’re aiming for more than 500 cyclists in total this year.”

The event will feature a 72-mile Epic route and a 36-mile Challenge route, as well as a family fun ride.

National cycling charity CTC will be providing specially adapted bicycles for a new circuit on the castle grounds – aimed at getting those unable to use regular bicycles involved.

“This means all members of the community can participate,” said Mr Carney, who added the event is ideal for everyone, from serious riders to families.

Last year’s event raised more than £6,500 for Rotary charities and this year funds will go towards supported living charity Style Acre and other Rotary causes. To take part, register at or find out more at Once registered, cyclists participating as a team should request an entry form from Mr Carney on

Entries for the fun run and the adapted route will be taken on the day.