On the 27th of September 2014, dirt makes its triumphant return to the Cycle Show at the NEC.
An event which sat at the heart of the UK MTB scene in the late 1990’s, Sam Pilgrim and the Cycle Show team have worked together over the past six months to bring dirt jumping back to the NEC.
MTB, dirt jumping and the NEC have always sat hand in hand and in 2014 the excitement of big jumps and big tricks will be back there. With an ever-growing dirt scene in the UK and Europe that has seen riders like Sam Pilgrim become international stars, the ‘Sam Pilgrim Big Air Invitational’ brings dirt jumping front and centre stage at one of Europe’s largest cycling exhibitions
Sam Pilgrim has been a fixture on the FMB world tour for many years and in 2013 was crowned the FMB World Champion. He grew up watching the likes of Chris Smith, Steve Geall and Chopper send it heavy at the NEC and now gets to work to bring this great event back to the UK, exciting a new era of riders and put on a great show for those who would usually only get to watch the online highlights.
The ‘Sam Pilgrim Big Air Invitational’ will take place on the 27th of September with an international line up of riders competing on a ‘Big Air’ style set up influenced by city SNB big air events. The power will be put in the hands of the riders to see who takes the overall win on the day with them voting for ‘Riders’ Rider’ with the rest of the prize purse up for grabs in a ‘Cash 4 Tricks’ Jam.
Throughout the weekend of Friday 26th – Sunday 28th September, public riding will be available at The Cycle Show on the returning outdoor MTB test track, while DMR are staging indoor pump track sessions and top brands will be showcasing their 2015 bikes, kit and more.
The NEC’s mountain bike demo track is always very popular every year – allowing visitors an opportunity to try new bikes Including Trek’s Remedy 9 and Fuel EX 9 on a 1km woodland single-track trail.
On the stands, 2015 mountain bikes line-ups will be showcased by the likes of Trek, Diamond Back, Marin, Vitus, Whyte, Mondraker, DMR, Transition, KTM, Rocky Mountain, Bianchi, Boardman, Torpado, Forme, Cube, Rose and Pivot will also be on display, providing a vibrant choice of mountain bikes for visitors to get up close to.
Boardman may be most famous for its road bikes, but the Cycle Show will also see it promote its latest mountain bike offering. Taking centre stage will be the FSPRO 650b model, which strikes an award-winning balance of performance and value with an attention to detail Boardman is famous for.
Fellow British brand Whyte has been building mountain bikes in the Cotswolds for 15 years, and it will be bringing its striking designs to the show. With a range including the hardtail 905, the 805 incorporating internal cable routing and the G-150 Works bike Whyte’s Gravity Enduro team race on, it will be catering for cyclists of all sizes, abilities and budgets.
Alongside the British marques will be American brand Pivot Cycles, which is set to show off its new Mach4 model that boasts the company’s lightest ever mountain bike frame, and the LES model, which combines lightweight construction knowledge with internal cable routing. This reduces the chance of contamination from the elements, and Pivot claims that this improves shifting performance even in the worst possible conditions.
Rocky Mountain is getting in on the act too – their closely-guarded 2015 Thunderbolt range will be unveiled at The Cycle Show, featuring the 799 MSL and 790 MSL BC Edition. The BC editions of their bikes are designed to deal with the roughest and toughest terrain that the brand’s British Columbian homeland can provide – bringing the very best in smooth-riding suspension technology that Rocky Mountain offer.
From over in continental Europe, Spanish brand Mondraker are providing some star quality to The Cycle Show line up, exhibiting the World Cup-winning Summum Pro Team DH bike, while the award-winning 650B Foxy model shares the stage. The new 2015 range will introduce the first all-carbon version of the 650B Foxy bike – improving on the already very popular frame.
Cube has also been developing its carbon frames, with 2015 set for the introduction of the new C68 carbon technology in its range. The technology allows for reduced space between the carbon fibres, resulting in less resin use and a lighter and stiffer frame, without compromising on strength. This technology will be seen at The Cycle Show on the newly improved Stereo range, which features a 67.5 degree head angle, internal cable routing and ‘stealth’ dropper posts.
BMX also returns for 2014 with demos from Alex Coleborne, Mark Webb and the Total BMX team on a huge Spine Mini ramp.
Confirmed Big Air Invitational Riders: Sam Pilgrim, Sam Reynolds, Matt Jones, Matt Macduff (Canada), Amir Kabbani (Germany), Eric Walenta (Germany), Sherwy Pasamonte (Spain), Blake Samson, Ray Samson, Daryl Brown, Ray Samson, Chopper, Chris Smith, Steve Geall, Tom Cardy, Charlie Watts and Ryan Nangle.
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To buy tickets or for more information on The Cycle Show 2014, please visit www.cycleshow.co.uk