by Ben Haworth
September 4, 2009
The Bikefest Team write…
Don’t forget – earlier date for 2009 event
We had quite a few calls and emails pointing out that they haven’t so far noticed that the event has moved two weeks forward. So make sure you don’t forget that the event is at the earlier day of the 12-13th September 2009.
What is on offer for the big and the small racers out there
Saturday the 12th September will see the 10 hour team and solo event and Sunday the 13th September will have the 5 hour plus the 3 hour novice event. The novice event which was added to the line-up in 2008 will give everybody who is keen to find out what all the ‘fuss’ is about a chance to dip their toe in the water without overdoing it straight away. Both days can be ridden as solo events or as teams of 2 or 4. The special twist on Saturday is that the last couple of hours (depending on weather) might be ridden in the dark and will offer a real chance for everybody to enjoy night riding before the ‘dark season’ starts. So make sure that you have some lights with you in case it gets dark down ‘Witches Wood’.
Besides that there will be the traditional kids race on Saturday which will send the smallest racers around the event village and the bigger ones out on a reduced loop of the proper Cheddar course. There is no need to pre enter. Simply come to the registration before 12:30PM on Saturday with the races starting at 1.00PM. Classes are 0 – 5years, 5 – 10 years and 10 and over depending on numbers of entries. The entry will be free of charge.
Loyalty gift – don’t miss out
As in the last few years we will be given out our Bikefest loyalty gift worth more than £ 25 to everyone who either entered the Bristol and the Cheddar Bikefest in one year or decides to enter the Saturday and the Sunday event over the Cheddar weekend. So it maybe worth considering giving the 5 hour solo a go once you have tackled the course on Saturday in a team of four or maybe the other way round.
You will be receiving your loyalty gift when you sign on at the Cheddar event.
We had some more calls and trade requests over the last couple of weeks so the Cheddar typical event village will be full with the latest stuff from: Kona (will bring a broad selection of their 2010 line-up to the event so make sure you don’t miss out on that), Saris, Cyclops, Sortimo, Ritchey, Canterbury, NoTubes, Xtreme Video, Tag a Long, Specialized, Torq, Giant, High5, Cube, Bionicon, Merida, Cannondale, Bad Ass Bikes, RAM, Embers Merino, Zero G, Mondraker and Next day Tyres.
Kona and Sombrio Clothing Factory Clearance
Cheddar BikeFest 12th -13th September on Kona stand.
At this year’s Cheddar BikeFest you will be able to pick yourself up a bargain. Paligap, the distributors for Kona and Sombrio clothing, will be selling previous year’s mountain bike clothing. By selling directly to customers, Paligap will be able to offer 50% and more off shorts, jerseys, gloves and casual items in the ranges. Example of the saving: Sombrio Rev Shorts: SRP: £70 – BikeFest price: £35 HALF PRICE!!!
Kona Bike Fest camping and facilities
You will find lots of 1st class showers, water points, toilets, power points for your caravan or motor home (please contact Broadway House on 01934 742610 for details) and to finish it all of you can hire your own stationary caravan (again please contact Broadway House for details). There is a camping shop on site and the bar will be open on Friday and Saturday evening for some pre or post-event drinks. Besides that you will find lots of bike washing facilities.
It is super important that you pre-book your camping requirements as we can’t give you any guarantees that there will be any further space available when you turn up on the day. So please make sure you pre-book at least three days before you arrive on site. To book please call the booking line 01934 742610.
For further details on the Broadway House Campground please go to: http://www.broadwayhouse.uk.com/
Day visitors or non camping riders
If you are just coming to ride the event then don’t worry about booking anything with Broadway House Campground in advance. Your entry fee covers all the facilities and parking. Please still enter the event in advance though!
What is on offer for the NON riders?
The Broadway House Caravan Park has lots to offer for the whole family. There is a heated outdoor swimming pool, adventure playground, crazy golf, arcades and pool tables, a mini skate park and last but not least the restaurant/café and bar. The restaurant will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the bar will open from lunch time to midnight on Friday, Saturday and depending on demand on Sunday.
How to enter – entry now open!
You can enter the event in two ways – by downloadable entry form or by online entry. To enter please go to the entry page (http://www.bike-fest.com/cheddar/entries.php) and either download the entry form fill it and send it through to us or click onto the online entry button and do it all online.
There will be most likely on the line entry facilities but there will be a £ 5 surcharge per entry. So best save yourself some money and pre-enter.