Event details

Here’s everything you need to know about the 2018 Bristol Bikefest

How do I enter Bikefest?

Entries for Bikefest will be open soon – keep an eye on our Facebook and this website to be notified when entries go live.

How do I get to Bikefest?

The 2018 Bikefest sees the event village move to a new location.

The 2018 Bristol Bikefest event postcode is BS41 9JN.

Access to the venue is via the gatehouse on Clarken Combe (further details TBC nearer the time).

When is Bikefest?

The event will be held on 30th June 2018 from 8:30 am till late.

To enter Bristol Bikefest, please visit our entry page here.

What is Bikefest?

Bristol Bikefest is a mountain bike race held at Ashton Court Mountain Bike Trails, Bristol.

The event was first held 15 years ago as a mate’s race and has grown into one of the most popular XC mountain bike races in the UK.

After a year off in 2017 the race is back in a back-to-its-roots format. It’ll offer a new course, a new event village and will be open to 300 riders.

What won’t change is the fun, friendly vibe that’s all about tired legs and fully bellies, friendly competition, and good beer.

Who can enter Bikefest?

Racing is open to riders of any experience from age 11 years upwards.

Timings for Bikefest

– Registration opens at 8 am on Saturday (30th June)
– Kids racing will start at 10:00 am and will finish by 11:30 am
– Adult racing will start at 12.00 am for the ‘main’ categories and 12:07 pm for the Steve Worland Cup. Racing will finish by 6:00 pm

The evening’s festivities will finish when the Bristol Beer Factory beers run dry and the DJ is all out of tunes!

Kids racing will run for 90 minutes.

Adults will race for 6 hours with solo, pairs and team categories available.

The Steve Worland Ride Singletrack Hard & Drink A Swig of Cider Per Lap Memorial Cup 

The much loved Steve Worland Ride Singletrack Hard & Drink A Swig of Cider Per Lap Memorial Cup will also return.

The SWRSH&DASoDPLMC is a tribute to our friend, Bristol local and cycling journalist Steve Worland who sadly died in March 2014. All profits from the event will go to the Psoriasis Association Charity.

Where is Bikefest?

The venue is just outside of Bristol City Centre with easy motorway access from the M5 motorway.

The nearest train station is Parson Street, Bristol and Bristol Temple Meads is the nearest main station.

The nearest airport is Bristol Airport.

The nearest hospital with A&E is the Bristol Royal Infirmary.

For 2018 our race village will move to a new location with a new start line and a new route. We’ll have a well-stocked bar thanks to Bristol Beer Factory, top quality food and plenty of brands exhibiting bikes and products.

The course will make use of Bristol brilliant, purpose-built, all-weather mountain bike trails. It will be around 10km long with a new route that sees a climb out of the start then fun, flowey racing back to the finish. Fans of the Zig Zag bridge will be pleased to see it return for 2018.

The 2018 Bristol Bikefest is a one-day event and camping is not available on site.

Bristol City Centre is within walking distance of the race venue and the following campsites are located within a few miles.

Can I pre-register my interest for the race?

Yes, you can. But as we’re limiting the event to 300 riders you’re best just entering!

You can follow us on Facebook for information or sign up to our mailing list by sending an email to news@bike-fest.com.

Where can I find results for Bikefest?

Results for Bikefest will be available on this website after the event.

When will entries open?

Entries will be open in the next few days. Please keep an eye on our Facebook and on this site for updates.

Can I enter on the day?

Sorry, not for the adult races – they are pre-entry only and open to just 300 riders in advance.

However, we do except entry-on-the-day for all kids races.

What accommodation is available?

There’s no camping on site this year but you can camp at any of the nearby campsites or stay in Bristol City Centre, which is within walking distance from the event village.

What food and drink is provided?

Great news – we’re sponsored by Bristol Beer Factory, so we’ll have great local beer on tap all day.

We’ll also have top quality food through our catering supplier. Bring some cash and you won’t go hungry!

What is the racing format?

Bikefest is an XC style event.

Riders or teams must complete as many laps as possible within the given time. The riders or teams that complete the most laps in the least time win.

Kids races will be held on a shortened course and will see them race once or twice round, depending on their age category.

  • We have solo, pairs and teams of 3-4 available
  • We’ll have open (18-30 years old) and a masters / vet category (30+ years)
  • There’s also kids races with an under 11’s category, an under 14’s category and an under 18’s category
  • There’s also the Steve Worland Cup

What will the riding be like?

The course will offer approx 10km of flowy and fun singletrack.

Ashton Court Mountain Biking trails are surfaced, purpose-built and suitable for all weathers.

The new location gives us a new downhill section into the finish and a steady climb out of the event venue to the highest point on the course.

We’ll also have the much-loved wooden bridge at the top of the Zig Zag climb to add a fun and unique feature.

The trails are suitable for all abilities beyond total beginners. You’ll need some basic mountain biking skills but the event is perfect for experienced racers and newbies alike.

How fit do I need to be?

Bikefest is as hard as you make it. You can ride one lap or you can ride as many as you can. Go solo or mix it up with a team.

There’s a long-ish climb out of the event village and laps are approximately 10km of up and down singletrack.

That said, you’re never far from the event village and you can easily bail-out and return to camp if you’ve had enough.

If you’re worried about fitness, why not share the event with a team of 4 so you can take breaks between laps?

What bike should I ride?

Any well-maintained mountain bike will make it round Bikefest. We’ve had hardtails, full suspension bikes and every combination of travel, geometry and tyre shape you can think of. We think a fast, fun-to-ride hardtail is the best bet but, what do we know?

We’d recommend something that fast, nimble and light that you’re comfortable riding on. The course is great fun but there are no very rough or technical sections that need lots of travel and big tyres!

Please note, there’s no eBike category at Bikefest.

What clothes should I wear?

Wear the clothes that you would normally wear for a lap of your local surfaced trails.

We’d recommend a comfy padded short with some lightweight shorts and a jersey. Gloves are a very good idea.

When you’re on course you’ll be riding hard so you won’t need to carry much more than water and an inner tube/pump. If the weather turns, you’re never far from camp to get dry, eat and throw on a jacket.

Helmets are compulsory.

What kit should I ride with?

Bikefest is all about having a laugh and getting your laps done as quick as you can. Any kit you carry on course should be light, easy to carry and only the essentials.

We’d recommend racing with a spare inner tube and a pump, enough water for a 10km lap and a multitool.

We’d recommend bringing food, drink, warm clothes, tools and all the other basics to the race and leaving them back at the event-village to use between laps.

Powerbars and gels are recommended but please, take your litter home.

First aid staff will be on site all weekend but we’d recommend riders bring a First Aid kit.

A fully charged mobile phone is recommended but signal can be unpredictable.

Are eBikes welcome?

We’ll consider eBikes in future but for this start-again year we’re saying a polite ‘no thanks’ to them. Let us know if you’d like to race in future though!

Can I exhibit or promote my brand at Bikefest?

We’re happy to hear from any brands looking for promotion.

Please contact us on news@bike-fest.com.

For any other questions please contact us.