Dates out for 2012 Bristol Bikefest and Oktoberfest

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the great Michael Wilkens has been in touch to give us the 2012 dates for his two great endurance race events, both held in Bristol
First off is the

Ritchey Bristol Bikefest powered by Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport
9th – 10th June 2012 – Ashton Court, Bristol

In 2012 the ‘Ritchey Bristol Bikefest powered by Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport’ will return once more to the fantastic event location of Ashton Court, Bristol. But this year the organisers have got a new course. Tested in the Oktoberfest and given some star ratings the Bikefest will also run on the new Ashton Court course in 2012. The infamous 12 hour team/solo endurance race will take place on Saturday the 9th June and will be followed the day after (10th June) by the 6 hour team/solo event and the 3 hour ‘novice’ event.

Both days are aimed at the experienced rider as well as the newcomer. On Saturday there will be solo, pairs and teams of four categories. The Sunday race will have the same categories. All team sizes can be entered in the team open, team ‘old gits’ (average age of riders needs to be 40+ years) or single speed category (please note – no single speed category on Sunday). There are obviously mixed teams and pairs in the running as well.  Besides that the 3 hour novice event will have teams of 2-4 and a solo category.

Besides the race action there wil be a great musical line-up, with live music on Saturday night and DJ running from early evening late into the night on Friday and Saturday. On top of that there will a bar on Friday and Saturday, the Bikefest food village and a colourful event village with a broad selection of the latest bikes and kit.

For Ritchey Bristol Bikefest details and entry facilities please click here.

And now for the:

Stan’s NoTubes Oktoberfest powered by Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport
13th October 2012 – Ashton Court, Bristol

Following the fantastic take-up earlier this year the Oktoberfest will return in full force in 2012 but now with a new supporter. Stan’s NoTubes has taken on the sponsorship for the Oktoberfest and will be on site over the event weekend showing its products as well as helping out with riders keen to jump onto the tubeless train.

Again, details and entry facilities please click here.


Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

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