Titanic on a bike

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The Wickes family stop for a Mallie photo shoot


I doubt if I had ever seen five people sharing two bicycles before today. Driving along Belfast’s Lisburn Road I overtook what struck me as a modern day mobile Swiss Family Robinson heading countrywards.


My curiosity got the better of me. I abandoned the wagon on double yellow lines to halt the oncoming family on wheels. Each member of the troupe looked as hardy as a wild duck with father Stuart, supported by stokers, Cameron 9 and Hannah 6 perched high on a tridem, a goodie or triplet, whichever pleases you. Mother Kirstie and Matthew 11 closed the rear on a tandem.


So who were these people? They are the Wickes family from Cumbria, currently engaged in a Titanic Tour. They have already been to Liverpool by bike to visit the Titanic exhibition in the maritime museum there.


For the Wickes this cycle trip to Belfast is only a hen’s race. They have cycled 15,000 miles having visited twenty countries all over the world. Father Stuart said ” We cycled from one end of New Zealand to the other. We love cycling. We see places better and we meet interesting people. “


Kirstie, a journalist added “We are doing a Titanic season for our website – Family Adventure. We get some sponsorship. This trip is sponsored by Stena and ‘Go Belfast.'”


Curious to know how the Wickes got involved in this way of life I asked Stuart to sketch in the background: “My dad rode but this is something we created for ourselves.”


Evidently  the creators of ‘The Family Adventure Project’ have a lot more miles to cover. They are very welcome here and are truly inspirational. So to all of you I say, literally “on your bike.”


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Eamonn Mallie

I am a regular contributor to discussion programmes on TV and radio both at home and abroad. An experienced political editor and author specialising in Politics, Security and 20th Century Art.


  1. Brendan Mulgrew on

    Thats a great post about the cycling tourists. Hope the Wickes family continue to get a warm welcome.