Event: 22-23 June 2013
Location: Bath Recreation Ground, Bath, Somerset
Preview: Bike Bath
With just under a month to go before the second Bike Bath weekend the finishing touches are being applied to this much anticipated event. Described as more than just a bike ride, registrations continue to flow in with over a thousand riders expected to descend on the centre of the historic city for a range of rides which on the Saturday will pass through the newly opened 2 Tunnels, Britain’s longest cycling tunnel.
Organiser, Richard Best explained his delight with the support received from local businesses, charities, schools, fellow cyclists and a number of Bath Olympians.
“I’m really grateful to the support we’ve received and owe everyone a big thank you. Whether it’s using facilities for feed stations, supplying volunteers to man them or providing food for the cyclists it has been a great demonstration of working together to create something which we hope will grow in the years ahead. I would also like to thank those organisations which have sponsored rides and entered teams and know that they’ll have a fun day. In particular I would like to thank Heather Fell, Jason Gardener and skeleton bob Olympic hopeful Ed Smith for joining the rides”
On the Saturday an opportunity to try cycling an electric bike is available on the Bath Recreation Ground as local Bath businesses Cyclescheme and Take Charge bikes offer advice and the chance to ride the very latest models.
"Only at Bike Bath can you stop and look closely at a tank and other military equipment and ride through Britain’s longest cycling tunnel"
Bike Bath organiser Richard Best
Registration is now open through the Bike Bath website for rides of 20, 30, 60 and 100 miles with £1 from every entry going to Sustrans. In addition riders are also encouraged to ride and raise money for one of over 40 charities supporting the event.
The routes on Saturday head to the south of Bath and the course is described as "rolling". The routes will all incorporate Britain's longest cycle tunnel which recently opened in Bath.
On both days, all riders who finish the event will receive a goody bag sponsored by Bath based property company HPH and a limited edition print from award winning illustrator "Simon Spilsbury, from Larkhall.
Richard added, "no one can have failed to notice the increase in popularity of cycling events so it is a competitive market. Our objective is simple, to create great rides with locally sourced food at the feed stations and include some other interesting elements, only at Bike Bath can you stop and look closely at a tank and other military equipment and ride through Britain’s longest cycling tunnel. This will hopefully appeal to a broad cycling audience and with under 16’s riding for free it can be an affordable fun day out!”