14.08.09 NEWS UPDATE:
Only a month to go before the Kona Cheddar Bikefest will take place at the earlier date of the 12-13th September. The event is once more based at one of the most traditional race locations the UK has to offer – The Broadway House Campground in Cheddar which besides offering perfect facilities for the event also features one of the most exciting enduro courses in the country.
Over 1000 riders took part in the successful 2nd helping of the new Kona Cheddar Bikefest 2008 and enjoyed the reworked course, the great trail conditions, the fantastic camping facilities and the Bikefest typical relaxed atmosphere.
What is on offer for the big and the small racers out there?
The format is similar to the Kona Bristol Bikefest but adjusted to the time of year. For the 2009 event we will have again the 10 hour enduro on Saturday followed by the 5 hour event on the Sunday. As an extra for the newcomers to endurance racing we have the 3 hour long ‘Novice’ Endurance event which will also run on Sunday. This will give everybody who is keen to find out what all the ‘fuss’ is about a chance to dip their toe in the water without overdoing it straight away. Both days can be ridden as solo events or as teams of 2 or 4. The special twist on Saturday is that the last couple of hours (depending on weather) will be ridden in the dark and will offer a real chance for everybody to enjoy night riding before the ‘dark season’ starts. So make sure that you have some lights with you in case it gets dark down ‘Witches Wood’.
Besides that there will be the traditional kids race on Saturday which will send the smallest racers around the event village and the bigger ones out on a reduced loop of the proper Cheddar course. There is no need to pre enter. Simply come to the registration before 12:30PM on Saturday with the races starting at 1.00PM. Classes are 0 - 5years, 5 - 10 years and 10 and over depending on numbers of entries. The entry will be free of charge.
Loyalty gift – don’t miss out
We have paired up with our sponsor KONA bikes
to give every rider who is taking part in the Saturday and the Sunday event a ‘loyalty gift’ (worth more than £25) - so everybody who has already entered both events or who is going to will be rewarded when you sign on. It maybe worth considering giving the 5 hour solo a go once you have tackled the course on Saturday in a team of four or maybe the other way round.
Even more importantly
- for all the Bristol Bikefest 2009 riders out there – don’t forget that our ‘loyalty gift’ offer applies for everyone who has already taken part in the Bristol event in June and is now entering the Cheddar event as well. So if you enter at least one event at both 2009 Kona Bike Fests than you are in for a treat!
Cheddar typical we will have once more a broad range of companies and brands at the event showing off their wears. Kona will bring a broad selection of their 2010 line-up to the event so make sure you don’t miss out on that. Besides that we have the following companies and brands joining the event village: Saris, Cyclops, Sortimo, Ritchey, Canterbury, NoTubes, Xtreme Video, Tag a Long, Specialized, Torq, Giant, High5, Cube, Bionicon, Merida, Cannondale, Bad Ass Bikes, RAM, Embers Merino and Zero G.
Special Kona Bike Fest camping offer – runs out on the 14th August
Camping on the Broadway House Campground for the Cheddar Bike Fest 2009 weekend will be £8 per person/per day or £14 for 2 days per person. This is no further charge for the tent. To book the special Cheddar Bikefest camping deal please call the booking line 01934 742610 and book your pitch before the 14th August 2009. After the 14th August 2009 the rates will go back to the standard camping ground rate of £14 per person/per day or £25 for 2 days per person. Hire caravans can be rented at the usual Broadway House rates. Parking will be free for campers and competitors. Visitors might be charged a £3 parking fee.
For further details on the Broadway House Campground please go to: www.broadwayhouse.uk.com
Day visitors or non camping riders
If you are just coming to ride the event then don’t worry about booking anything with Broadway House Campground in advance. Your entry fee covers all the facilities and parking. Please still enter the event in advance though!
What is on offer for the NON riders?
The Broadway House Caravan Park has lots to offer for the whole family. There is a heated outdoor swimming pool, adventure playground, crazy golf, arcades and pool tables, a mini skate park and last but not least the restaurant/café and bar. The restaurant will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the bar will open from lunch time to midnight on Friday, Saturday and depending on demand on Sunday.
How to enter - entry now open!
You can enter the event in two ways – by downloadable entry form or by online entry. To enter please go to the entry page
and either download the entry form fill it and send it through to us or click onto the online entry button and do it all online.
There will be most likely on the line entry facilities but there will be a £ 5 surcharge per entry. So best save yourself some money and pre-enter.