Photos: A ‘wheel-y’ good time was had at Bikefest in Kilkenny – Page 1 of 12

The streets of the city were invaded by a cavalcade of cyclists as the BikeFest family festival came to a successful end on Sunday.

A colorful parade of people on bikes of all shapes and sizes took the opportunity to move independently through the streets of the city and enjoy the freedom of cycling through the normally busy thoroughfares of Kilkenny.

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The cycle through the city was the highlight of Bike Week in Kilkenny, an annual celebration and promotion of the benefits of cycling.

The events, which ran May 14-22, included community bike rides, maintenance workshops and sports hosted by cycling clubs across the county.

The carnival of cyclists continued through Kilkenny Castle and down to the canal before returning to County Hall.

The county council’s John Street base has been transformed into a fun, sustainable and people-focused space.

Among the attractions were wildly popular workshops led by local artists and artisans who were enjoyed by small and large hands alike; printing and photographing plants, making windcatchers, planting seeds and organic teas, all to the rhythm of percussion workshops under the trees.

The Orienteering Maze was extremely popular with almost 200 courses completed during the day.

Little riders loved learning about the bike path and obstacle course, while the bolder and braver tackled the jumps and turns of the grass track and mountain bike courses, inspired jaw-dropping stunts from stuntman Brendan Conroy.

“It’s wonderful to be able to bring off-road cycling lessons to the heart of a city,” said Roisín Hickey of Cycling Ireland.

“We hope it will inspire future generations. We have some great new clubs in Kilkenny and it’s fantastic to see the growing interest in the sport.

That sentiment was echoed by Caitriona Corr, Cycling Officer at Kilkenny County Council, who was delighted to see the week of cycling celebrations come to an end with a bang.

“It was a fantastic celebration to end Bike Week,” she said.

“It’s very encouraging to see the number of people in our community who are embracing cycling. We are very grateful to everyone who joined us in making our first Bikefest such a success.

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