Who is coming?
I am, with t'wife and kids.
What are you most looking forward to?
What can be improved from last year?
ooh, i dunno. Last year was the best of all of them IMHO. I'd have to say that despite it also improving year-on-year, the food is still the bit it would be good to see improved further upon, as in price vs nommyness vs quantity vs availibility. The ghost/ghoul lollies were totally ace though.
Which STWer are you most hoping to meet/avoid?
You are all ace. It would be good to see Matt Treviss being all-round racing snake/font of knowledge/fun-size package of enthusiasm this year as he spent the last one in hospital.
Any recommendations/advice to the BBB virgins, I mean new guests?
-You will enjoy it but your kids will enjoy it even more. There really isn't an event quite like it if you are under 12.
-If you have a choice of bikes, leave the bouncy one at home and go short travel/no travel.
-Bring lights for the rather excellent night race, and finding your way back to your tent after bands and beer.
-before you get too 'customer services' on their asses, remember pretty much everyone working there that weekend is doing so as a volunteer and putting in some seriously long hours that week! Anyone who admits to being related to or staying with Nick/WCA particularly deserves a gin!
-Bring bastid hard tent pegs and mallet: there are quite a few parts of the campsite where under the 3 inches of nice earth in the campsite lies a layer of flint with the occasional break in it to allow your tent pegs in a couple of inches further. Bent a lot of pegs the first year, more recently had success with those big chunky yellow ones and the ones that are basically 8" stainless steel nails with plastic hooks on the top.
-Stay a night or two extra either side. It is lovely round there and worth a camping trip even when there isn't a BBB on.
-Stay the monday night and acquire some clean empty containers so you can help the empty the remaining ale barrels on monday after everyone has gone home.