The Kona Bristol Bikefest took place over the weekend, and with scorching sunshine and bone dry trails more than 1600 riders enjoyed two days of great riding on the fast flowing singletrack and technical sections.
The twelve hour event on Saturday was the most popular race with more than 1100 riders enjoying the course in teams of four, pairs or in the popular solo category. With twenty minutes to spare and 27 laps of the demanding Bristol course under their belt, the Felt team came through in the men’s competition. The ladies’ version was won by the Team Lady Teacake who managed 20 laps. The pair winners were the Back on Track team who completed 24 laps.
The racing action was followed in typical Bristol Bikefest style with a massive party, live music and DJ tunes early into the morning – ideal preparation for Sunday’s six hour event.
That race saw almost five hundred riders competing. The team from Numplumz Pitford Cycles secured the win in the competitive male category with the male pairs being won by ‘The Last Minuters’ and the female pairs by team ’One and a half German’. The solo category was dominated from the start by William Bjergfelt from Team Felt who had already put in a strong performance in Saturday’s team event. Fi Spotwood from Ironhorse Extreme also came up with a very strong ride to win the female solo.
And if all this has whetted your appetite to get involved take note: the next Kona Bikefest takes place on September 27 and 28 at the Broadway House Caravan park, Cheddar.
The 2008 event returns with a reworked course and with a bigger and better event village setup. The ‘super steep walking climb’ has been taken out of the course and replaced by a switch back section – extending the course and making it more rider friendly without taking any of the fun bits out.
The event will also be longer, with the Saturday race increasing from eight to ten hours and the Sunday event increasing from four to five hours. An extra three hour ‘Novice’ event will be added to the line-up.
The night time trial which was run after the 8 hour event on Saturday in 2007 has moved to Friday evening allowing all the keen racers and night riding enthusiasts to check out the course under race conditions with the extra challenge to ride it in complete darkness.
All the details on the Kona Cheddar Bikefest including downloadable entry forms can be found on the updated Bikefest website www.bike-fest.com.