Cyclists descend on Bath in June for “more than just a bike ride” With 100 days to go until well over 1000 cyclists descend on Bath for its annual cycling weekend, the organisers have announced some of the features of what is becoming a cycling showcase in the UK’s favourite city as voted in the Guardian Reader’s Travel awards.
Steve Baxter, Commercial Manager of Bike Bath shared a simple vision of the event which is to deliver 2 days of great cycling which appeal to all ages and fitness levels on routes which start and finish at the picturesque Recreation Ground in the heart of the city. The routes head south to the Mendips on the Saturday and north to the Cotswolds on the Sunday and will include the iconic cycling climb of Cheddar Gorge and the shorter rides will pass through Britain’s longest cycle tunnel.
The event which includes sportive rides of 20, 60 and 100 miles on both days continues to develop its unique awards for those who complete the distances. The Bath Gladiator (both 100 mile rides) will again challenge the strongest of riders, the Yorkshire Regiment Centurion will be awarded to those taking on one of the 100 mile rides and the 60 mile rides which are proving to be the most popular distance will become the “Hare Chase” after Bath Ales recently announced their sponsorship of this ride and the event village on the Recreation Ground.
For those new to sportives or commuters who seek an additional challenge the 20 and 30 mile routes are a great introduction to leisure cycling.
Riders will be able to stop at regular intervals and enjoy feed stations showcasing the very best from the region’s food and drink producers. As Steve said, “It’s more than just a bike ride”. One of the stops will feature the region’s close links with the military. The Yorkshire Regiment based at nearby Warminster will be displaying some of their vehicles and equipment. At another stop, riders will get the chance to stop at the famous Moulton bicycle factory at Bradford on Avon. For those riders “chasing the clock” and aiming to get back to the Rec, as it is known locally, in a quick time, they will be able to enjoy the delights at the “Bath Ales” event village.
The organisers have also linked up with 'Bespoked - The UK Handmade Bicycle Show' which is the largest of its kind in Europe and attracts a growing number of fans of hand built British bikes .
Steve explained, “We’ve admired this excellent show which started in nearby Bristol and hoped we could attract riders of British handmade bikes to our events in both Bath and Oxford. With Phil’s support and connections we see this as a great opportunity to see British bikes actually being ridden on our fantastic routes. We’ll be inviting the bike builders as our guests to the event who in turn we hope will invite their existing and future clients.
Steve Harvey, from the famous Moulton Bicycle Factory based near Bradford on Avon said, “We’re really keen to see our hand built bikes being ridden at the event. It’s going to be a great summer of cycling events, with the Tour de France arriving in July and having participated at the Bike Bath event last year it helps to get the Moulton story of being a high-end British cycle manufacturer out to a growing audience.
As Steve Baxter said, “We are now in our third year so a lot of riders and businesses know what to expect at the event. We remain very grateful to all our sponsors especially Charles Stanley Direct and Cyclescheme and with their help can continue to build the event into something really special for the region. We are pleased to see charities, schools, bike clubs and businesses from across the region entering teams and the arrival of the Tour de France in July will only bring more cyclists out on to the roads.”
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