5 reasons to visit The Cycle Show 2023

Don’t miss cycling stars, stunning bikes, exciting tech and test rides

The Cycle Show 2023

The Cycle Show is 20 years old this year and returns to Alexandra Palace in London from April 21-23.

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As in previous years, there’s a star-studded cast of bikes, equipment and riders, and loads to do. Plus, there’s a host of stars you can hear speak and rub shoulders with, from Chris Froome to Zoe Backstedt, Shanaze Reade, Kriss Kyle and many other pro riders from all disciplines.

There’s a huge range of cycling brands exhibiting as well, from 3T and BMC bikes to equipment brands such as Fizik and Ergon. Makers of electric bikes aren’t neglected either, with brands including Tern and MiRider, and ebike component brands such as Bosch, Bafang and Fazua.

Campagnolo, SRAM, Mavic and more of the biggest cycling brands will also be stallholders. You’ll be able to test out their latest tech and equipment, and taste new nutrition products.

Here are five great reasons to visit the 2023 Cycle Show.

1. See bikes galore

Marvel at some incredible custom bike builds.

You’ll be able to feast your eyes on the latest bikes from the likes of BMC, Wilier, Orro and Bianchi, as well as more niche brands such as All-City, Basso, Kinesis, Quirk and Niner.

Add to that an array of stunning custom builds from the likes of Fat Creations, who won the best bike honours at the 2022 show. There’s also a retro 1980s exhibition of BMX bikes from the sport’s early years.

2. Take a test ride

The Cycle Show test loop gives the whole family the opportunity to try out new bikes.
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As last year, there’s the opportunity to take a test ride on the tarmac and off-road demo tracks. There are more than 200 bikes to choose from, as well as the largest range of electric bikes you’ll find anywhere in the UK.

Book a test track slot to secure your ride.

There’s also the chance to win a place on a ride-out with former pro Nicolas Roche, who will be hosting the ride on the Sunday of the show.

3. Test your riding skills and be amazed by the experts

Use a visit to the show to boost your skills.
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Scott Wilson will be hosting skills sessions at the Cycle Show and showing off his own trials talents. There’s also a chance to be wowed by the artistic cycling talents of Viola Brand, who will be showing off her routines for the first time in the UK.

If you fancy yourself as fast on the hills, the FulGaz stand has a virtual Alexandra Palace hill climb to prove your mettle. You can register to try at home before coming to the show and there are prizes and free gifts for topping the leaderboards on the day.

Meanwhile, if you’re a track stand expert, you can try for a new world record with British Cycling, who are hosting a competition to beat the current record. It stands at 21 minutes, 34 seconds.

4. Get into bikepacking

Discover how to start your bikepacking adventure.
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Gravel riding and bikepacking are huge now and they’ve got their own dedicated stage this year. You’ll get practical tips for travelling by bike, both in the UK and further afield.

There’s advice on where to go, how to prepare and Q&A sessions with the experts, including endurance cyclist Josh Ibbett.

5. Listen to the stars of the sport

Hear Ned Boulting’s take on the cycling scene.

This year’s line-up includes a star-studded array of cyclists from all disciplines.

On Friday, you can hear from Dan Martin, Nico Roche, Alex Dowsett and others.

Saturday’s line-up includes Chris Froome, Ned Boulting, Beth Shriever and Zoe Backstedt, while on Sunday you can hear from Shanaze Reade, Rob Warner, Philippa York, the Athertons and Danilo di Luca.

Check out the full guest list here.

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Book now

Tickets to The Cycle Show start at £7, with concessions and family tickets available. You can also book a VIP ticket from £70, which gives you free drinks, early access to test-track bookings, a private VIP lounge and a Cycle Show goody bag.