Bike Bath prepares for second cycling festival
Registration has opened for a weekend of cycling in Bath.
Organisers of the inaugural Bike Bath event are now preparing for the second, which will take place on June 22 and 23.
At the centre of the cycling festival will be organised rides of 20, 30, 60 and 100 miles which will take advantage of the Two Tunnels route, which will open in April and link the city to Midford.
Bike Bath spokesman Richard Best said: “Having been really encouraged by all the positive comments from riders and sponsors earlier this year we believe Bath has a cycling weekend to compete with the best cycling events out there. The year 2013 promises to be an exceptional one for cycling in Bath.”
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The weekend will raise money for Sustrans, the charity behind the new route through two old railway tunnels.
Its events officer Kate Jones said: “We are thrilled to be involved with this fantastic event and grateful to Bike Bath for donating a proportion of the ticket sales to help Sustrans’s work to help people get active every day. Bike Bath promises to be a great weekend.”
Starting and finishing at the Recreation Ground, the rides will feature regular feed stations, medical support and mechanical help along the way. Successful finishers will be able to enjoy food prepared by Bath Michelin-starred chef, Rob Clayton, and on the Saturday evening a Celebration of Cycling event with speakers from the cycling world is planned.
The launch festival in June attracted nearly 1,000 riders and an audience of more than 300 attended evening talks.
All details for Bike Bath 2013 will be published on the website www.bikebath.co.uk as will plans for a new event, a Friday evening off-road ride, which will have a limited number of places.
Several key sponsors have already committed to supporting this year’s festival, including Bath based Cyclescheme, which will be encouraging riders to sign up for the 20 and 30-mile routes, and personal investment service Charles Stanley Direct.
Rob Hudson, head of Charles Stanley Direct, said: “We are delighted to be sponsoring and supporting Bike Bath in 2013 and very much applaud the vision of the organisers. This year’s event was a fantastic showcase for the city of Bath with its beautiful surrounding countryside, and our employees and clients enjoyed the weekend immensely.”