This summer’s Cliffhanger festival is nearly here. Everyone from sports enthusiasts to complete beginners will be able to watch and take part in a host of adventurous activities, especially biking ones, at this eighth Cliffhanger festival, which is returning to Millhouses Park in Sheffield between 21 and 22 June 2014.

The family-friendly, value for money event, is expected to attract between 15,000 and 20,000 people of all ages who can watch the watch the Senior British Bouldering Championships, taking place in the nearby Climbing Works, from a specially-erected screen in the park.

There will be plenty of have-a-go activities for beginners too and the festival will be packed with demonstrations – everything from climbing to caving and biking to fell running, orienteering, table tennis, water zorbs and free running.

A special feature of the festival this year links in with The Tour de France theme with cycling being celebrated in a big way. Five times British and European men’s elite trials champion Danny Butler and his team of record-breaking stunt trial bike riders are back in action with their Extreme Mountain Bike Show.

Visitors to the festival will have the chance to take a demo ride in the Bike Try Out area and younger riders can have a go on the Pump Track and toddler friendly Bike Balance course.

Fun and interactive static bike racing will be on offer too where participants can race against the clock over a 500-metre sprint and a graphic display will chart individual progress through the race and show who has made it to the leaderboard.

Councillor Isobel Bowler, Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “Cliffhanger is an action-packed weekend which showcases Sheffield’s distinctive offer as a city ideally located for adventurous sports. This year it’s great to see that we have embraced the other big event happening in the city, The Tour de France, by offering so many biking-related activities at Cliffhanger.

“This event caters for the outdoor enthusiast through to families and friends simply wanting a great day out in one of Sheffield’s best parks. There are loads of things to do and activities to try or simply come and watch other people having a go. Cliffhanger brings the great outdoors within easy reach of everyone and we’re hoping to see a huge number of people enjoying one of the top events in the north of England.

“With the return to Millhouses Park, I’d particularly encourage people who haven’t been before to come along and experience Cliffhanger this year.”

Isla Bikes will be attending for the first time to showcase their range of children’s bikes. There will be free mountain bike training skills training for the novice, as well as a chance to ride the timber trail. Keen mountain bikers can test their mountain bike skills on the On-One balance box and will be in with a chance to win a prize for the longest times on the On-One box as well as the slowest time around the timber trail. Experts can try Dr Peats Wonky bike challenge.

Those interested in how fit they are will be able to accurately measure their power output, pedalling technique and heart rate on a Watt bike, which was created with British Cycling to provide an affordable indoor bike for training and testing that is suitable for everyone from school children to Olympic Gold medalists.

Organisers of Cliffhanger are also delighted that the fourth stage of the Sheffield Steel Peleton event series will be at Cliffhanger.

Cycling is all about working as a team or ‘Peloton’ to finish the ride. For the exciting project a team of artists, archaeologists, event organisers, scientists and filmmakers are inviting visitors to look out for the yellow tent and follow the fascinating process of making a bicycle, complete with a specially designed bicycle head badge made from iron mined and forged into steel in Sheffield, from its beginnings deep underground to the creation of a unique bicycle and film to celebrate Le Tour arriving in Yorkshire. Those who bring their bikes can get involved in bike décor workshops and Dr. Bike check ups.

The Edinburgh Bike Cooperative will be making smoothies by pedal power and the tennis courts will be transformed into a designated bike polo area.

Cliffhanger is organised by Sheffield City Council in conjunction with Heason Events.
Event co-organiser Matt Heason said: “With a third of Sheffield’s boundary within the Peak District, the city has always been popular with climbers, mountain bikers, runners and cavers. Cliffhanger is the ideal place for people, whatever their age or ability, to come and try these activities out for themselves as well as see sportsmen and women compete at the highest level on our big screen.

“The event offers great value for money with 90 per cent of outdoor activities free of charge once you have paid your entry fee. We want to ensure the event is as affordable and accessible to all that’s why we have reduced the entry fee. Tickets for this year’s event will cost £6 for adults and accompanied children aged under 16 can enter for free. People can make a whole weekend of it if they wish, from 10.30am – 6pm, with activities stretching across two days.”

For more information about Cliffhanger 2014 visit www.cliff-hanger.co.uk