Posted Thursday 10th January 2013 –
Entries for the 2013 Bike Bath weekend are now open and there’s a chance to bag a discounted entry if you enter before the end of January. The event takes place on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 June offering a choice of ride distances over both days starting from Bath Recreation Ground. For 2013 the event has teamed up with Sustrans and the routes will be using the new Two Tunnels Greenway (the longest cycling/walking tunnel in the UK).
Richard Best of Bike Bath said when announcing details of the 2013 Bike Bath event “Having been really encouraged by all the positive comments from riders and sponsors last year we believe Bath has a cycling weekend to compete with the best cycling events out there. 2013 promises to be an exceptional year for cycling in Bath, and we are looking forward to supporting Sustrans, the UK wide charity that promotes walking and cycling, as they open the Two Tunnels greenway, a major new cycling route to the south of Bath which passes through Britain’s longest cycle tunnel network. It is planned our 20, 30 , 60 and 100 mile rides will go through the tunnels which will be a unique experience.”
Sustrans Events Officer Kate Jones said “We are thrilled to be involved with this fantastic event and grateful to Bike Bath for donating a proportion of the ticket sales to help Sustrans’ work to help people get active every day. All routes will involve the National Cycle Network, which includes the spectacular Bath Two Tunnels opening in April next year. Bike Bath promises to be a great weekend, so please sign-up now!”
Starting and finishing at the Bath Recreation Ground, Bike Bath 2013 will include a number of rides covering, 20, 30, 60 and 100 miles with regular feed stations, medical support and mechanical help along the way. Riders can also seek instant notoriety by completing both 100 mile rides and becoming a Bath Gladiator with instant entry to the Bike Bath “Hall of Fame”. Following the rides, successful finishers will be able to enjoy food prepared by Bath’s own Michelin-starred chef, Rob Clayton, and on the Saturday evening a “Celebration of Cycling event” with speakers from the cycling world is planned.
The Bike Bath 2012 event attracted nearly 1000 riders and an audience of over 300 attended the evening talks. In addition, individuals, families, friends and many local businesses supported the event and entered teams which gave Great Pulteney Street a colourful carnival feel as riders set off on their selected routes.
All details for Bike Bath 2013 are published on the website www.bikebath.co.uk.
Several key sponsors have already committed to supporting Bike Bath 2013 including Bath based Cyclescheme, who will be encouraging riders to sign up for the 20 mile commuter challenge distance and Charles Stanley’s new direct-to-client investment service, Charles Stanley Direct, who are keen to see the event grow into a popular annual financial services networking event.
Rob Hudson, Head of Charles Stanley Direct commented “We are delighted to be sponsoring and supporting Bike Bath in 2013 and very much applaud the vision of the organisers. Last year’s event was a fantastic showcase for the City of Bath with its beautiful surrounding countryside and our employees and clients enjoyed the weekend immensely. This year we are sponsoring the event via our new Direct-to-Client investment service – Charles Stanley Direct – and we look forward to promoting the service to competitors and spectators over the course of the weekend. At Charles Stanley, we seek to forge long-term relationships with our clients and we are certainly looking at Bike Bath as a long-term sponsorship situation and we wish everyone taking part a fantastic weekend of cycling and hope to be with the event as it grows over the coming years.”
Bathampton based media company, road.cc, recently voted the UK’s top cycling website, will also be involved in supporting the event.
You will be able to follow developments of the event on the Bike Bath website, www.bikebath.co.uk, through Facebook and Twitter