Event Details

Welcome to the event details page of the 2016 Ritchey Bristol Bikefest.


Summer 2016 - Ashton Court is once again host to the Ritchey Bristol Bikefest one of the most loved cycle events in the country. The event, set in the heart of Bristol is a permanent fixture in the UK biking calendar and has been drawing riders from all over the country since it began 14 years ago. The date for this spectacle is the 11-12th June 2016.


For 2016 the all weather course in Ashton Court will once more be the battle ground of the Bikefest. Properly tested during the rather changeable weather conditions Bristol endures on a regular bases, the course managed to hold up perfectly and has put lots of smiles on riders when coming over the finish line since its full launch at the end of 2011.

The event will be based at the top part of Ashton Court, Bristol. As the racing starts at 9.00am, most riders arrive on Friday afternoon to check out the course (open from 5.00pm onwards) and to ease into an action packed cycling and camping weekend. As in 2015 there will be DJs playing some tunes on Friday evening with the bar and caterers in the event village ready to set you up for a weekend of flat out racing. Saturday night will see the main finisher party.

The Bikefest is returning to the grounds of the Bristol Cathedral Choir School allowing us to have camping and event village in one location and be based right next to the track. It also gives the event access to great shower, running water and changing facilities.

New for 2016:
For 2016 we have a new addition to our line-up.


The Ritchey Reveller:
On Sunder the 12th of June we will have an approx. 60km dirt sportive starting from and finishing at the Bikefest venue in Ashton Court. Expect more than 50% gravel and dirt tracks on our loop around greater Bristol. For the Ritchey Reveller we strongly recommend CX or gravel bikes but all bikes are allowed.

We will have well stocked feed stations at the start and the finish of the ride as well as half way around, as well as chip timing, finishing gift, parking and facilities all for an entry fee of £25. You can enter the event via the entry page.

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‘Steve Worland ride singletrack hard & drink a swig of cider per lap memorial cup' for 2016
Bike journalist, singletrack extraordinaire, Bristol local and close friend Steve Worland has very sadly passed away during a run in his beloved Ashton Court Park in March 2014.

To keep his spirit alive and in honour of his role in the UK cycling and mountain bike world the 'Steve Worland Memorial Cup' will return to the Bristol Bikefest.

Steve spend countless hours on his Ashton Court test loop, he has been a long standing supporter of the event, has raced it many times and has spent countless hours on the side of the track chatting to people, watching the racing and enjoying the odd pint of local cider. So it didn’t take much debating to create a slightly different event which will run within the 12 hour Bristol Bikefest and which reflects what Steve enjoyed whilst riding his bike – riding singletrack hard and enjoying a swig of cider.

We present the ‘Steve Worland ride singletrack hard & drink a swig of cider per lap memorial cup 2016’.

The event is a ‘one category fits all’ affair (so only one big category) where teams of any size battle out to be the worthy winner of the cup and get invited to drink a drop of cider (encouraged but not mandatory) half way around the lap in Steve’s honour. The winning team will take away a very special trophy, which will stay with them for one year before it gets handed onto the next winner at the 2016 Bristol Bikefest. Every rider will receive a special ‘Steve Worland ride singletrack hard & drink a swig of cider per lap memorial cup 2016’ gift.

As Steve was an advocate of everything retro, unusual and quirky but also very often ahead of the time (the man rode 650b wheels years before we got our head around 29ers) we invite everybody to ride in retro gear and bring along that retro or unusual bike (anything goes as long as it is safe).

Proceeds of the event will go to the Psoriasis Association Charity which were chosen by Steve’s partner Jo and his daughter Holly.

A few more facts about the ‘Steve Worland ride singletrack hard & drink a swig of cider per lap memorial cup 2016’:
- The cup will be run within the 12 hour event of the Bristol Bikefest 2016
- The SWMC will be an annual event @ the Bristol Bikefest
- The event is open to everyone (minimum age 16) – industry and non-industry
- There is only one category – teams can be any size from solo to ‘as many people as you like…’ (only one rider on course)
- Event will have a separate start (11.27am exactly) but will finish with the 12 hour event so that it can be part of the rather lively finish
- Proceeds of the event will go to a charity or good cause, chosen by Steves family (Jo and Holly)
- A drink station will be located roughly half way round the course where riders drink a small cider in Steve’s honour (strongly encouraged but not mandatory)
- A special trophy has been created which will be handed from winner to winner
- We encourage to ride in retro gear and use retro and unusual bikes (anything goes as long as it is safe)
- Every participant will get a special SWMC finishing present

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Registration opening times for each day are as follows: 
Friday: 5.00pm - 8.00pm
Saturday: 7.00am - 8.15am (and again after the race has been started) 
Sunday: 9.00 – 10.30am Start window of the Ritchey Reveller is from 10.00 – 10.30am

When & where:
Date: 12-13th June 2016
Venue: Ashton Court (just minutes from the Bristol city centre), signposted from Friday lunchtime onwards
Saturday: Ritchey 12 and 6 hour endurance solo and team event, plus Ritchey 3 hour novice event
Sunday: Ritchey Reveller – approx. 60km long dirt sportive, start/finish in the Bikefest event village
Useful information - all Saturday events:
Course: approx 9.5km of the best single-track loaded race course you can find anywhere - fast, enjoyable, exciting, easy to follow for spectators and never too far away from the event village
Have fun: the event offers everybody an enjoyable and challenging ride - race it or just finish it!
Fitness: be as physically fit as you can be on the day - make sure you eat and drink plenty. The course is not super demanding so whatever level you are at you should be fine getting round.
Have a laugh: “out for a good laugh” is the Bikefest motto. All spectators and supporters are welcome - excellent food and drink facilities are in place in the event village - believe me you are going to need it!

Important points for Saturday’s 12 hour event:
Start / Finish: the 12 hour event will start as a mass start at 9.00am and finish at 9.00pm
Entry Fee: The entry fee includes ride entry, free usage of all facilities, finishing present, DJ / band and free parking. Solo =£40.00 / Pair =£74.00 / Team of 4 =£136.00:
Solo and Teams: one, two or three / four rider teams, male or female and mixed, single-speed or geared, ‘youngins’, open, ‘Old Gits’ and ‘Proper Old Gits’
Relay race: every rider has to ride a minimum of two laps within the 12 hours
Timing format: only laps you have finished within the 12 hours will count. If you are still out after 9.00pm then the lap you are on doesn’t count
Team player: strong team players are required in this event - it makes all the difference

Some more points now for Saturday’s 6 hour event:
Start / Finish: the 6 hour event will start as a mass start at 3pm and finish at 9.00pm
Entry Fee: The entry fee includes ride entry, free usage of all facilities, finishing present, DJ / band and free parking. Solo =£38.00 / Pair =£70.00 / Team of 4 =£128.00:
Solo and Teams: one, two or three / four rider teams, male or female and mixed, single-speed or geared, ‘youngins’, open, ‘Old Gits’ and ‘Proper Old Gits’
Relay race: no minimum laps - you are only allowed to leave and enter the course at specifically marked places - if you leave or enter it anywhere else you are out of the race
Timing format: only laps you have finished within the 6 hours will count. If you are still out after 9.00pm then the lap you are on doesn’t count

And here are some pointers for Saturday’s 3 hour novice event:
Start / Finish: the 3 hour event will start as a mass start at 6.00pm and finish at 9.00pm
Entry Fee: The entry fee includes ride entry, free usage of all facilities, finishing present, DJ / band and free parking. Solo =£32.00 / Team of 2 =£58.00 / Team of 3 =£78.00 / Team of 4 =£92.00:
Solo and Teams: one or two to four rider teams, male or female and mixed, no further categories - this is a novice event
Relay race: no minimum laps - you are only allowed to leave and enter the course at specifically marked places - if you leave or enter it anywhere else you are out of the race
Timing format: only laps you have finished within the 3 hours will count. If you are still out after 9.00pm then the lap you are on doesn’t count
Have fun: this might be tricky but try to enjoy it and ride with people rather than against them - competition is good but it is not everything

And finally some pointers for Sundays REVELLER event:
Start / Finish: the start is open from 10-10.30am (open start window)
Entry Fee: The entry fee includes ride entry, free usage of all facilities, feed stations, finishing present, DJ / band, electronic timing and free parking. £25.00 per person
Event format: The Ritchey Reveller is a non-competitive dirt sportive. More than 50% off the course runs on dirt tracks, rough roads and gravel tracks so we highly recommend a CX bike, gravel bike or MTB – probably not the best ides to take your road bike out onto the Reveller.
Course format: The Reveller is a one loop event which starts and finishes in the Bikefest event venue.
Take care and have fun: Make sure you pay attention to your surroundings, to other trail and road users and enjoy being out for a great ride with other ‘Revellers’.

Take me to the:Entry Page >>
For camping, visit:Briefing Page >>
To view the course, visit:Course Page >>
How to get there, visit:Directions Page >>
Some important info before you arrive, visit:Briefing Page >>