British cycling champ headlines BAF – 13 September

11th Aug 2017

CYCLING inspiration heads to the heart of the Peak District as multiple British champion Dean Downing takes to the Buxton Opera House stage on 13th September.

The Buxton Adventure Festival in association in LowePro is running a cycling special with Dean as headline speaker, interviewed by cycling journalist and current Masters Team Pursuit World Champion Nik Cook.

The event support speaker is cancer survivor and world record holder James Golding.2009_woking_win_downing

The pair restart the monthly mini-festival series after a short summer break – with further adventure speakers from the worlds of cycling, mountaineering and running set for the remaining three months of 2017.

Dean was British Cycling Champion in 2001, 2003 and 2008. While competing in the Tour of Britain and other stage races around the world, he has won over 70 races in the last 10 years.

Now retired from competitive racing, he has moved into coaching, was a Director Sportif and Assistant Manager at two top cycling teams and also works with several brands as an ambassador.

One of Dean’s cycling students is support speaker James, who set the world distance record for cycling over seven consecutive days earlier this year, covering 1,766.2 miles.

JD1_6232Eight years ago, James was given less than a 5% chance of survival due to complications following the discovery of a tumour the size of a grapefruit wedged between his spine, kidney and bowel.

He has since raised more than £3million for charity through various cycling challenges, riding across the USA, Mexico, Spain and France. He’s also completed the John O’Groats to Land’s End, London to Paris six times and finished the world’s toughest and highest sportive, the Haute Route, eight times.

Matt Heason, Buxton Adventure Festival Director, said: “Both Dean and James have super inspiring stories and we can’t wait to hear them at the Buxton Adventure Festival in association with LowePro.

“Dean has been at the top of competitive cycling for years and James has overcome such extreme adversity to set one of the toughest cycling world records on the planet.

If you’re a cycling enthusiast or just want to hear a super inspiring story in the stunning setting of the Buxton Opera House Pavilion Arts Centre then this is an event not to be missed!”

The event takes place at 7:30pm on Wednesday, 13th September 2017, at the Buxton Opera House, in the heart of the Peak District. Book your tickets online or call the Box Office on 01298 72190.

The Buxton Adventure Festival in association with LowePro is also supported by Exodus Travel, Buxton Opera House, Buxton Advertiser The Old Hall Hotel, Heason Events.

Anyone who attends a Buxton Adventure Festival event this year can claim £100 off their next Exodus Travel holiday. See the website for full terms and conditions.

Further events in the 2017 BAF calendar:

  • Boardman Tasker night on 11th October 2017
  • The Adventure Syndicate on 1st November 2017
  • Record breaking runner Nicky Spinks on 6th December 2017.