Bristol Bikefest Dates Announced

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BY: Michael Wilkens

Published: 22nd January, 2015

On the 13th June the Ritchey Bristol Bikefest powered by Heritage Volkswagen will return to the trails of Ashton Court, Bristol for the 14th issue of the Fest. What started as a ‘Sunday addition’ to the Southern XC series more than a decade ago has turned into one of the major mountain bike events in the country. 

What’s new in 2015?

The Bikefest will return with the proven and much loved concept of 12 hour of solo, pairs or teams relay racing but for 2015 we are bringing the 6 hour and 3 hour novice event (who used to run on the Sunday) into the Saturday schedule.

The 12 hour event will as usual be started at 9am and run all the way to 9pm while the 6hour event will start at 3pm and the 3hour event will get going at 6pm – all to minimise start loop clog ups and to make those last few laps more exciting for everyone.

Entry to the Ritchey Bristol Bikefest powered by Heritage Volkswagen will open on the 1st February with the over all numbers being limited (to accommodate the 6 and 3hour event) and only 150 solo sports being available across the three distances. With the solo and 12 hour places in particular selling out quickly better mark the day and get your entry in early.

‘Steve Worland ride singletrack hard & drink a swig of cider per lap memorial cup' returns in 2015
To carry on celebrating the life and work of very much missed bike journalist, singletrack extraordinaire, Bristol local and close friend Steve Worland who sadly passed away in March 2014 the ‘Steve Worland ride singletrack hard & drink a swig of cider per lap memorial cup' will return to the Bikefest and will once again raise money for the Psoriasis Association Charity which were both chosen by Steve’s partner Jo and his daughter Holly. Start of the event which can be ridden in any team size from solo to ‘infinity’ is at 11.27am and we will once again have some great cider out on course for riders to get refresh and to toast Steve.

What else is going to happen?

As regular Bikefest visitors know the Fest is not just about riding your bike on an all weather, single track packed course but also about chilling out around the event venue, in the trackside camp ground or having a well deserved ‘knees up’ at the Finisher party on Saturday night.

We will have our well stocked Bikefest bar open (pretty much) all weekend with the Friday evening Happy Hour. We will also bring back the popular Friday night roller racing action as well as have live music and DJ’s making sure that we have the right musical background for the festivities.

And most importantly we will have our hugely popular kids race (FOC) around lunch time again. 

Where to find out more

You can find all the details on the Ritchey Bristol Bikefest powered by Heritage Volkswagen 2015 as well as the other 2015 events on…but don’t forget that the entry (online as well as entry form) will open on the 1st February.

A little reminder from 2014

If you missed out on the 2014 or like to reminisce for a few minutes then make sure you check out last years event video: 

More on the Ritchey Bristol Bikefest 2015:
Event Calendar Listing

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Michael Wilkens

Bike Fest organiser

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