Vintage cycle rally to celebrate 200 years of the bicycle

To celebrate the 200 year anniversary of the bicycle, a Whitwell to Norwich vintage cycle rally is taking place on the Marriott’s Way on Sunday 10 September between 11 am and 4 pm.

People are being urged to bring along their bikes both new and old to the free event organised by Norfolk County Council, as part of the Marriott’s Way Heritage Trail Project, and Pushing Ahead.
The ride will cover the 10 miles between Whitwell Station near Reepham and the former Marlpit Arms in Norwich, and there will be refreshments and activities at each end of the rally route throughout the day.
For those without their own bike there will be free bicycle loan (on a first come, first served basis and subject to availability) at Whitwell, with a minibus back to the station from the Marlpit Arms for those cyclists who need it.
The cycle rally will set off from Whitwell Station at 11 am with people encouraged to dress in 1940s theme to match the train rides, restored station and mini-museum displays there on the day.
During the day there will also be heritage railway displays, and the café at Whitwell station will be open from 8 am for breakfast.
At the Marlpit Arms end of the route there will be a host of events, activities and refreshments.
The first set of riders along the rally route will be arriving from about 12 noon after their ride from Whitwell with prizes being awarded for best dressed adult, child and bike.
Visitors will be able to get involved in cycling activities, including balance bikes for children and adults, a bicycle obstacle course, the chance to use the “smoothie” bike to create their own drink and a paint-spinning bike to make a unique piece of art to take home.
Live music will come from local folk music group The Marlpit Collective at 3.30 pm, and local artists will be displaying their work alongside an exhibition of vintage bikes and furniture and a look at the history of the Marlpit Arms and plans for its future.
Locally produced food will be available, including a vegan curry alongside a hog roast, cakes and scones and real ales.
Between 11 am and 6 pm visitors will be able to meet lambs, sheep, a pony and small mammals with Angelica’s Rainbow and even watch lamb racing.
For younger cyclists and anyone wanting a shorter ride there will also be the opportunity to join the route at Drayton, riding just half the course.

  • For further information, contact: Norfolk County Council Environment Team 0344 800 8020 or email

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