Velo Retro, the Lake District Retro Cycling Festival

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6th Edition

12-14 July 2019

Rides Sunday 14th

Velo Retro is based in the small market town of Ulverston, the festival is based in the streets of the town, there’s no fence, no admission fee and no big corporate sponsors – Velo Retro is the authentic, friendly, welcoming event - once you’ve been, you’ll just keep coming back!

Velo Retro is the only retro cycle event in the English Lake District, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The routes are spectacular - as good as any you will find in the World! Velo Retro is part of the Retro Rendezvous Festival, a full weekend of music, dance, food, markets, cars, motorcycles film and much more.

Come and join us, it’s closer than you think! 

Ulverston, it's closer than you think!


Glasgow 2h45m
Edinburgh 3h
London Euston 3h15m
Manchester 1h56m


Ulverston is 25 mins from M6 Junction 36


Manchester Airport 2h by train or car

The Rides



84 km

Height Climbed

1200 mtrs



View Map

Ride with GPS map

A classic sample of all that is great in the South Lakes, rivers, lakes, climbs, castles, gravel, big views and great food!



47 km

Height Climbed

690 mtrs



A tour of Coniston Water, with fabulous lake and mountain views. One optional gravel section and fantastic food.



20 km

Height Climbed

163 mtrs



A circuit of the Lower Furness Peninsula taking in fine coastal views and some fell side country lanes. Suitable for anyone who is reasonably active and healthy and great for real vintage bikes, fancy dress and families.

All backed up by our legendary support and great food!



300 km

Height Climbed

4111 mtrs



The Mighty Corinthian is the longest, toughest, retro bike ride in the world. It is a route of great beauty and variety, showcasing the best which the Lake District and Cumbria has to offer. It is a route of similar length and duration to those regularly ridden by racers ‘back in the day’ and only slightly longer than the current Milano San Remo!

Unfortunately, the difficulty of the ride limits the numbers of riders prepared to undertake the challenge, which means that The Mighty Corinthian has become too challenging both logistically and financially for us to run in standard event format.

However, we feel a commitment to those of you who would like to ride it and to the concept itself, so, if you would like to ride the Mighty Corinthian, we will produce a map, route card and guide to riding the route, together with GPX track and certificate of recognition, further, we will do this free of charge. You will therefore be riding Audax style and will need to be fully self-reliant. If this is of interest to you, please get in touch.

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Click here to book your ride, claim early entry discounts and order unique event kit and clothing!


Price increases – we haven’t increased our prices for four years now, during which time our costs have increased every year. We used to be a fairly high fee, high quality provider and have become an average fee high quality provider! We can’t sustain this so have increased our prices slightly to maintain the viability of the event. We appreciate that nobody like price rises, but hope you’ll appreciate that we’re doing our best to charge fairly and deliver a great event.

Jura First 100 Prize Draw! Win a Custom Velo Retro Merino Jersey!

As soon as we hit 100 entries, we will randomly draw one entrant for a custom Velo Retro jersey from our friends at Jura Cycle Clothing.

Early Entry

Will run for 5 weeks from entry opening day and will be published with regular reminders.

The Saunter

Vintage and Family Ride
Early entry
Full Price
Junior 8-17
Under 8's

Le Loafeur

A tour of Coniston Water
Early entry
Full Price
Accompanied kids

À L’ancienne Classic

All that is great in the South Lakes
Early entry
Full Price

Hire a quality Retro Bike

We’ve worked with Glory Days since year 1 and recommend them with confidence

Festival Time

Velo Retro is a founder member of the Retro Rendezvous Festival a brilliant, weekend long festival of food, drink, music, film, cars, bikes, motorcycles and general daft fun! Most of the festival is free, (although someone may shake a collection can at you!) and is run entirely by volunteers. It’s a great weekend of entertainment for both riders and supporting family or friends. The festival has grown every year since it started in 2015 and we have plans to improve the programme significantly for 2019. Follow their Facebook page for regular updates. Camping – details of festival camping will also be posted on the Retro Rendezvous site.


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Our Sponsors

Events like Velo Retro rely on the generosity of sponsors who commit to supporting the event. In return, we work hard to try to ensure that sponsors feel that their support has worked well for them. We prefer to work closely with sponsors to ensure that their visibility is good both before, during and after the event. Our preference is to work with well-matched sponsors who have a product or service which aligns well with the ethos of the event and would be unlikely to engage with a sponsor who we considered a poor fit. If you might be interested in sponsoring the event or part of it, please get in touch to discuss your requirements.