The Bike Show kicks off at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry tomorrow, and we’ve got a few bits of last-minute news. First up is the enormous list of riders who’ll be showing up to do their thang in MTB 4X, dirt jumping, BMX racing, street, flatland, trials and probably some other stuff. We’re not going to reproduce the entire list because it’s got – wait for it – 271 names on it. There’s a few that stand out, though. In the 4X you can look forward to Michal Prokop, Cedric Gracia, Steve Peat, Eric Carter, Will Longden, Scott Beaumont, Dale Holmes, Gee and Dan Atherton, Guido Tschugg and more. Showing off on the MTB dirt jumps will be 36 riders including Ady Bright, Glen Coe, Chris Duncan, Chris Smith, Ollie Fielder, Grant Fielder, Jim Davage, Ross Tricker and Timo Pritzel. Plus, on Saturday there’ll be the finals of MBUK’s Unknown Duke of Dirt comp with 12 riders that you’ve never heard of but will almost certainly be riding their socks off.
The trials arena will have the usual familiar faces – Martyn Ashton, Martin Hawyes, Chris Akrigg, Danny Holroyd – plus a load more UK riders and some visitors from abroad including trials legends Cesar Canas and Ot Pi.
Over where the small wheels rule, there’ll be BMX racing (Martin Murray, Dylan Clayton, Martin Ogden and the rest), street (a cast of thousands including Cory Nastazio, Dave Osato, Josh Harrington, Robbie Morales, Ryan Nyquist and Steven Murry), vert (Jamie Bestwick, Simon Tabron, Zach Shaw and more) and flatland (another few dozen).
There’s surely got to be something in there to engage your attention. The street stuff’s always well worth a look…
If your interests lean more towards shopping, you may find yourself drawn towards the Chain Reaction Cycles stand. Not merely a stand, though – it’s a “futuristic cyberstand”, no less. There’ll be 16 internet pods around the stand hooked up to CRC’s website. So if you don’t want to actually have to carry your purchases around the show, you can just buy them online and have them delivered free. And you’ll get a 10% discount off anything ordered at the show. Bargain.
Also well worth a look is the Fort William World Cup stand – Fort Bill is hosting the UCI World Cup finals later this year and the World Championships in 2007. Neither of those are to be missed, and the stand will have full details of what you can see and where to stay.
And if you’re not at the show, check in here next week and you can see what you missed…