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Kendal Mountain Festival 2023


Join Wheelbase and TREK at the UK’s biggest adventure festival in Kendal just down the road from Wheelbase HQ in the South Lakes! Taking place between the 16th and 19th of November the KMF brings together some of the most popular personalities and guest speakers from the adventure world to host a wide range of talks, interviews and film premieres focused on…

  • Mountain Rock & Snow
  • Adventure & Exploration
  • Run & Hike
  • Bike
  • Water
  • Nature & Environment
  • Music, Art, Photography & Poetry

With such a wide range of events taking place during the festival we thought it would be useful to cherry pick and highlight three of the best cycling-themed options. With super-talented World Champions and the UK’s first ever Tour De France winner keeping you entertained with insightful stories of their cycling careers and some of the best new mountain bike movies playing out on the big screen the Kendal Mountain Festival promises to inspire everyone!..


The Cycling Session

Thursday the 16th of November sees the Kendal Mountain Festival kicking off with the Cycling Session; an evening packed full of cycling’s most entertaining guests, representing a wide and diverse range of cycling backgrounds and all sharing inspiring stories of their time on two wheels. The evening will be hosted by bicycle messenger turned ultra-endurance cyclist Emily Chappell along with local Kendal Cycling Club member Ben Dowman.

Sponsored by British Cycling and specialist bikepacking luggage brand Restrap, guest speakers at The Cycling Session include…

Lizzie Deignan MBE

2015 World Road Race Champion Lizzie Deignan has had a long and distinguished racing career and she’s not done yet! Lizzie has raced through a period of time that’s seen women’s racing increase dramatically in terms of opportunities, coverage and depth of talent in the peloton. This Olympic Silver Medallist has taken time out of racing to have two children over recent years and returned to racing success very quickly on both occasions; one of Lizzie’s most iconic wins must be her victory on the cobbles of Paris Roubaix Femmes where she made history by taking the very first very first edition of this unique sporting spectacle.

Ed Clancy OBE

Ed Clancy won three Olympic Gold Medals in the Team Pursuit as well as taking an amazing twelve World Championship medals for Team GB, making him the most successful team pursuit racer in history. Ed’s racing career with British Cycling started at the age of sixteen, taking his World Championship first gold medal at the age of twenty. Since his retirement Ed has continued to work with British Cycling as well as launching his own Clancy Briggs Academy for kids, encouraging them to play at cycling together as they acquire new skills and abilities.

Kendal Mountain Festival 2023

Kendal Mountain Festival 2023


TREK Bike Night

This is the BIG one for Wheelbase! We co-sponsor the Kendal Mountain Bike Night alongside TREK every year with this event being the highlight of every mountain biker’s social calendar. Packed full of entertaining guests and some brilliant short films including special edits that are exclusive to Bike Night this evening’s entertainment includes special guests…

Tracey Moseley

Tracy Moseley burst onto the UK mountain biking scene in the early 1990’s, quickly rising up the ranks to excel at international level racing in the Mountain Bike World Cup and World Championships. Tacey’s racing career saw her take multiple World Downhill titles before moving over to Enduro where she equally dominated the field. A long time ambassador for TREK, Tracey has most recently made a racing comeback onboard their powerful e-Mountain Bikes where, unsurprisingly she is reaching similar levels of success. TREK will be featuring a world-premiere of a new short film on the rise and rise again of T-Mo!

Leo Smith

Leo, better as Lando Steezy on social media, made his name in Trials and Street riding on the streets of Manchester. With a magic mix of skills Leo blends BMX and Mountain Bike moves to bring a unique riding style to the world of off-road riding. A member of the Drop & Roll Tour Leo has taken his spectacular riding skills around the world, reaching a wide and diverse audience; as a YouTube personality with a large following Leo spreads the word about equal representation within mountain biking and is always keen to discuss race issues and stereotyping within sport.

Kendal Mountain Festival 2023

Kendal Mountain Festival 2023


An Afternoon With The Wiggins

We’re excited to see one of the biggest names in professional cycling join the list of speakers at this year’s Kendal Mountain Festival! Sir Bradley Wiggins will tell his story at the Kendal Leisure Centre on Sunday the 19th of November and will be joined by his son Ben who is already showing the same sort of sporting talent as his dad.

Bradley Wiggins made history by being the first British winner of the Tour De France and also took multiple World Championship medals on the track and the road. He has worn the leader’s jersey in all three Grand Tours and boasts an outstanding record in the Olympics with four gold medals won at four different Olympic Games. Brad’s biggest year has to be 2012 where he won the Tour De France and quickly followed that up a week after when he took the gold medal in the time trial on the streets of London as part of the London 2012 Olympics.

Sir Brad will be joined by his son Ben, who has already won the Junior Madison World Championships on the track, sharing more insight on life within the Wiggins family and how his Dad continues to inspire guide him through his formative years as a globally competitive cyclist.

Kendal Mountain Festival 2023


Kendal Mountain Festival 2023