Event will celebrate joy of cycling
Plans for an evening to celebrate the joy of cycling in Bath have been unveiled.
The Bike Bath festival has organised the Celebration of Cycling evening on Friday, June 22 at the Pavilion in North Parade Road.
The evening which will allow some riders to check in and collect timing chips ahead of the festival's Saturday rides will involve speakers and food.
Bike Bath be staged at the end of National Bike Week and will see the city hosting events which will attract large numbers of enthusiastic cyclists.
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The Saturday and Sunday will offer people the chance to follow marshalled countryside routes of 30, 60 or 100 miles.
The celebration event will see Michelin-starred chef and keen cyclist Rob Clayton preparing a pasta supper – a service he will also be providing after rides on Saturday and Sunday.
It will also feature appearances by author and TV presenter Rob Penn who wrote It's All About the Bike: the Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels, and endurance athlete Ben Rockett, a University of Bath postgraduate who rode from Land's End to John O'Groats and back again in five days and 21 hours.
The festival will award the title of Bath Gladiator to anyone completing both 100-mile routes, and Bath Legionnaire to the employer, organisation, club or school which enters the most riders in all the rides.
The festival is being developed by sports centre operator Aquaterra Leisure and Breathingspace Live, a Bath events business.
Richard Best, who is behind the event, added: "Bike Bath is much, much more than a series of rides in and out of Bath.
" It is a weekend which will demonstrate how much fun can be had from cycling."
Riders can register for the pasta supper when they book online and will have free entry to the Celebration of Cycling event.
Details are at www.bikebath.co.uk or you can email info@bike bath.co.uk.