We here at On The Rivet like to see cycling as an all-encompassing endeavour, something beyond endless miles of road or the daily commute. It’s a lifestyle not just a hobby. And a big part of that is getting off the bike and seeing a different side to the lifestyle; all work and no play makes Wiggo a dull boy. Or something. So we’ve looked ahead and picked our must see/do events for every serious cyclist in the first half of 2016. (Ok, we did include a couple of sportives, but they’re the fun ones, honest!)
The London Bike Show; 11-14 February 2016; ExCel London
The UK’s largest bike expo returns to London’s ExCel and brings with it a celebration of everything cycling related; an indoor MTB contest, expert speakers, an indoor testing track, an innovation lab for the latest bikes and products and the Women’s Cycling Awards. With 300 stands there’s something for everyone and plenty of options to ramp up your kit and bike collection for the new season. Bring the wallet!
Bespoked; 15-17 April 2016; The Arnolfini, Bristol
The UK Handmade Bicycle Show, now in it’s 6th year, comes to Bristol for a celebration of everything bespoke on two wheels. And it is brilliant. It promotes the talents of independent makers and designers of bikes from around the world giving you the chance to discuss in person that much desired handmade bike. There are also awards for things like Spirit of Cycling, Best Alternative Material and the prestigious Best in Show. Serious bike porn on offer.
Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture; Now- 3rd April 2016; Tate Modern London
This exhibition at the home of British modern art showcases the work of Alexander Calder; the originator of mobile- a moving sculpture delicately balanced and responding to air or touch. His work and approach to creating these mobiles links directly into what cyclists’ love- the subtlety of kinetics. We push a small bit of metal, which turns a cog, which moves a chain, which moves another cog, which moves a wheel, which moves another wheel. And all of this moves several kilos of man and machine. Inspiring stuff.
Rouleur Classic: The Road Cycling Emporium
OK, so this particular event is actually this year, but we thought we'd best share it, as it looks interesting...
This is a three day event brought to you by Rouleur Magazine and Telegraph Events, along with Look Mum No Hands who'll be providing all the grub. As far as bike shows go, this one is pitching itself as having 'more in common with an art exhibition than a bike show' with a focus on the premium end of the road cycling market. You'll find all the very best gear and content for the season ahead, with talks and presentations from notable fellows of the cycling world. And with it also being set in a pretty special location (Vinopolis), it's worth a look at.
Cycle Revolution - Design Museum
This exhibition starts on the 18th November 2015 and runs right through until the 30th June 2016. It looks fascinating, and should be a definite addition to your cycling events calendar.
Macmillan Dorset Bike Ride; Sunday 3rd July; Dorset (obviously)
Less a sportive and more a fundraising ride, this is a great course, in a gorgeous part of the country and for a good cause- all boxes ticked we think! Set up in 1989 by Peter Smith-Nicholls after he lost his father to cancer the Macmillan Bike Ride has raised over £1m in its 26 years. With routes ranging from 10 to 100 miles this is something that cyclists of any level can enter. And whilst you’re down here why not pop in to On The Rivet HQ and say hi? We’ll stick the kettle on and get slicing up some cake…
The Dunwich Dynamo; date TBC but likely to be July 16 2016; Hackney, London
Sometimes known ‘Dun Run’ or just ‘DD’ this is an annual night-ride from London Fields, Hackney to Dunwich, Suffolk; a route of 120 miles. It’s also organised on the weekend closest to the July full moon to give it that extra special feel. It operates on a ‘turn up and go’ basis and has grown to a semi-organised novelty sportive with pop-up food stalls and a carnival atmosphere. Not just for ‘fixies’ the Dun Run has been completed on a BMX, a Boris Bike and even a Penny Farthing.
Well that should keep you busy for the first 6 months of the year and we’ll do our round up of Aug-Dec sometime in 2016. Watch this space…