August may be over, but we’re going to have an Indian summer and there’s still plenty of fun stuff to look forward to this year.
Stilettos On Wheels, Stanmer Park, Brighton, September 8Stilettos on Wheels mascot Poppy, as imagined by Jo ‘I don’t just draw sheep’ Burt.
The weather’s looking particularly good for the south east this week, so the sun should shine of the second in the UK’s first series of women-only mountain bike events, Stilettos On Wheels. The next event takes place Stanmer Park, Brighton, on Saturday September 8.
Stilettos On Wheels consists of of two-hour and four-hour races, both with pairs and solo categories. The course is approximately three miles long and takes in flowing singletrack through the woods at Stanmer Park. It is aimed at mixed skill levels so easier and harder sections will be signed throughout the course so that every competitor can complete the route at their own level.
For riders who are nervous about having a go, there will be course pre-rides with top racer Maddie Horton. “Knowing what’s coming round the next corner can be a real confidence booster,” says organiser Irene Lachner.
Friends and spectators are welcome, according to Lachner, who says there will be plenty going on and “the cake stall will be a particular highlight.”
For more information or to enter, see the Stilettos On Wheels website.
You’ll also be able to enter on the day at the race arena in Stanmer Park between 9am and 10.30am.
NoTubes Oktoberfest powered by Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport, Bristol, October 13
Bristol’s popular Ashton Court is the venue for the third NoTubes Oktoberfest powered by Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport. Racing activities comprise two four-hour races and an eight-hour event.
The first of the four-hour races and the eight-hour bash start at 9am, while the second four-hour is aimed at those who like a lie in and kicks off at 1pm.
The NoTubes Oktoberfest uses a 10km lap of Ashton Court’s renowned singletrack, which is both fast and pretty much completely weather proof.
Of course, it’s Oktoberfest so there will be oom-pah music, lots of King Ludwig flags and a well stocked bar on Friday and Saturday nights backed up by the Bikefest DJs as well as the Luff Bus who will be looking after the riders’ food intake over the weekend.
For more information see the NoTubes Oktoberfest site.
Bedgebury Insomnia, Bedgebury Forest, Kent, October 20-21
Bedgebury Forest Cycle Club’s legendary 12 hour night race is back bigger and better for its fourth year.
It’s open to solo riders and teams who’ll rave through the night from 8pm till 8am over the challenging 10km course in Bedgebury Forest.
Bedgebury Insomnia is organised and marshaled by the friendly folks at BFCC, and will have a floodlit pit area, free camp site, hot showers and all night cafe.
See the Bedgebury Forest Cycle Club for more information.
Strider Cup, Manchester, November 18Hard-fought racing in the first Manchester Strider Cup.
And finally, for the next generation of mountain bike racers, a chance to start them early at a Strider UK Cup balance bike race.
This is the second Strider Cup on the BMX track at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester, and it’s supported by top British BMX racer Shanaze Reade.
The Strider Cup is open to kids from 18 months to 5 years old. The November 18 event will see changes in the programme to allow for more track time for riders; bigger warm-up and Adventure Zone areas; a Super-Strider race for siblings up to 9 years-old and more to make this event bigger and even more exciting than before.
For more information, push yourself over to the Strider Cup website