What do you need to know about Bristol Bikefest?
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!
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Where can I find results for Bikefest?
Results for Bikefest will be available on this website after the event.
What date will the 2018 Bristol Bikefest be?
The 2018 event will take place on the 30th June 2018.
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.
What is the event postcode
The post code is TBC
How do I enter?
You can enter on our website or via good old paper entry forms.
Can I enter on the day?
Sorry, no. Bikefest is pre-entry only and open to just 300 riders in advance.
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+)
- There’s also kids races with an under 11’s category and an under 14’s category.
- There’s also the Steve Worland Cup
What will the riding be like?
The course will offer 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!