Talks and performances

The Rally hosts all sorts of talks and performances, from live music to children’s entertainments to informative lectures on cycling subjects. We’re keen to expand the talks and performances at the Rally in future years; please contact us if you’d like to take part!

Live music – The Foresters and Pretend Stage

Traditional folk band The Foresters play on the Saturday evening at the Rally in the main marquee. Here are some images from recent years (does anyone have a video?)

Transporting all of their kit by bicycle trailer, local performers Pretend Stage set up in the central square of the 2015 & 2016 Rallies for an eclectic performance of music and dance:

Children’s entertainments

Derek Carpenter fascinated younger visitors to the Rally with his  tricycle-based ‘Punch and Judy’ act, throughout the event:

Talks and lectures

Talks in 2015 included Sikh storyteller Roop Singh, and an account of high-miles cycling though the years, from Dave Barter. In 2016 we had a great line-up including sports science, touring in Canada and electric bikes. We now have our 2017 schedule:

2017 talks: Saturday

  • 1 PM: Electric Bikes: Q&A with John from the Electric Transport Shop
  • 2 PM: The Bishop of Selby (Bishop John, the “Cycling Bishop”).
  • (The auction starts 3PM – talks pause so as not to clash)
  • 5 PM: Chris Juden, former CTC technical expert. He says “The title of my talk will be ‘Choose your Discipline!’ in which I’ll discourse upon how my mission during my time at CTC was to provide some much-needed balance against the domination of cycle sport in all matters technical.”
  • 6 PM: Mark Waters, with touring tales from Ireland
  • 6.45PM: Wheelbuilding masterclass with Dave Gall from Spa Cycles
  • (Foresters start 7:30: talks stop)

 

2017 talks: Sunday

  • 12 PM: Charles Jepson: “Fellowship through Cycling” – an illustrated historic talk on the
    National Clarion Cycling Club and the wider Clarion Movement.
  • 1 PM: Andrew Sykes about his books ‘…on a Bike Called Reggie’
  • 2 PM: Electric Bikes: Q&A with John from the Electric Transport Shop
  • 3 PM: Rough stuff recumbents: Chris from Inspired Cycle Engineering explains a new option for rough-roads riding: the fattrike.
The Foresters at the York Rally in 2015. Photo: Malcolm Carline
The Foresters at the York Rally in 2015. Photo: Malcolm Carline