Riders with a passion for music as well as cycling might be interested in joining the Tour de Maverick this summer.
Participants will ride 60 miles from East London to rural Suffolk on Friday July 5, arriving in time to set up camp and catch the first bands on stage at the three-day Maverick Festival.
Much-loved English eccentric, Neil Innes, formerly of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah ban, and a collaborator with the Monty Python team, will feature among an international line-up.
Canadian outfits, The Good Lovlies, Ruth Moody, and Leeroy Stagger, Californian band, I See Hawks in LA, and Nashville’s Phil Lee, will all perform.
British bands will include Danny George Wilson, the Carrivick Sisters, and Hatful of Rain.
Joining the ride costs £10, and ticket prices for the festival start at £8 for children and £15 for adults. Musicians will perform at secret locations along the route.
Ride organiser, Sophie Bailey, said she had attended the Maverick Festival last year and had been inspired to stage the ride.
Bailey, a co-founder of the London Bike Festival, added that while the Tour de Maverick would be held at the same time as the Tour de France, it was likely to offer a more leisurely pace.