Another year, another excellent Peaks meet. For 2012 the meet was part of the Retrobike 2012 National Events series and was kindly supported by Bikefood. Once again the meet proved to be one of the most well attended of the season with almost forty riders out. Plenty of quality old school metal was on display, everything from a 80s Dawes to a box fresh Klein. The full Retrobike Peaks Ride aftermath thread can be found here
The fourth round of the 2012 Retrobike National Event Series with support from Bikefood saw twenty brave riders ignore the Met Office forecast and enjoy the excellent trails on the Yorkshire Dales. Click here for full aftermath.
Another year, another outstanding Retrobike raid on Mountain Mayhem. The weather may have made the main event a little flat but the retrobike camp was bigger and better than ever –we’ve almost got our own event within an event 8)
Check the Retrobike MM12 aftermath thread for the full reports.
• Camp Retrobike. A ray of sunshine amongst the mud. Or something.
• Support from Bikefood and Church End Brewery.
• Retrobike Beer, BBQ and tunes.
• Some riding. It was muddy.
• Supporting / heckling riders.
Bring on the sunshine for MM 2013
Mountain Mayhem 2012 is looking to be the biggest and best ever for Retrobike. The weekend’s schedule is now finalised. So whether you’re racing solo or just coming along to hang out and heckle there will be something for you. Click here for full schedule. Once again we’ll be supported in our efforts by Bikefood who will be supplying Sports Nutrition. We’re also getting support from Church End Brewery who’ll be supplying some Retrobike Beer
• The Retrobike Concours Show
• Retrobike Beer
• International Dual Jenga Knockout
• Flea Market
• DJ Isosceles
• The Blagathon
• Trackside heckle tent
• The megaphone
• The intruder
• Some racing (perhaps).
See you at MM
Church End Brewery in North Warwickshire UK have brewed up this fine ale which is available now and for the next three weeks from selected pubs in the region and from the brewery direct. Brewers Karl and Spencer who are Retrobike regulars organised a road ride from the brewery over the weekend, click here for the aftermath, the retrobike beer was of course sampled mid and apres ride. In the name of journalistic integrity your correspondent sampled numerous pints of the ale over the long weekend (here in the UK at least) and is pleased to report the Retrobike ale not only has a fine taste but also has the desired and expected effects. If you can’t get hold of any from the brewery you’ll have a chance to sample some Retrobike beer at Mountain Mayhem
The third round of the 2012 Retrobike National Event Series with support from Bikefood once again returned to the Surrey Hills. Fifty riders enjoyed an excellent ride (and pub lunch) under sunny skies around the excellent singletrack and trails. Click here for full aftermath.
Well the mountain men arrived in Torridon, conquered and are now safely home nursing their aching limbs. All weekend we were blessed with blue skies and big yellow ball they call the sun. See Macretro’s latest epic ride in full techni-colour glory here.
To mark the retirement of RIH sport owner Wim van der Kaay at the age of 76 a tribute ride is taking place on the 20th May 2012. The retirement of Mr van der Kaay also sadly sees the closing of the RIH Sport famous canalside shop in Amsterdam’s Jordaan area, See the forum post on the RIH tribute ride for full details.
To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the 1987 World Mountain Bike Championships in Villard de Lans,France a festival weekend has been organised. The event is taking place over the weekend of 16th and 17th June 2012 and is once again being held in Villard de Lans. The historic meet is being attended by inaugural World Champion Ned Overend and trials supremo Hans Ray amongst others. Check the thread in the forum for more details.
Once again a large contingent from Retrobike took on the Hell of The North Cotswolds, an annual off road reliability ride around the, er, North Cotswolds. Click here to read the full Retrobike HoNC report.
Retrobike stalwarts EdEdwards and mrkawasaki and a cycle polo player took on the Ronde van Vlaanderen 2012 sportive. Read their Ronde van Vlaanderen 2012 ride report here.
Saturday saw forty six retrobikers arrive in a car park, in a wood, in Norfolk, UK. Not for anything untoward you understand but for the Second Round of the Retrobike National Events Series with support from Bikefood – The Thetford Classic 2012. A wide range of bikes were in attendance, everything from a Kleins, Fat Chance, GT and Yeti through to Drystonepaul’s Diamond Back. An enjoyable day’s riding was had by all around the endless dry and dusty thetford singletrack, click here for full aftermath report. We even managed to avoid adder attacks. The next round will be taking place in Surrey on 27th May, click here for details.
Just 9 months after the first ever UK Handmade Bicycle Show in Bristol, the 2012 edition was upon us. There was a new venue, the pre-show publicity looked like it was going to be bigger, much bigger. John, armed with his ‘My First Canon’, and I went to find out. What follows is very much a personal perspective.
The UK Handmade Bicycle Show 2012 www.bespokedbristol.co.uk was based at Brunel’s Old Station, basically part of the Templemeads complex. Waiting for The Guvnor to negotiate the one way system (he was within 10m a good quarter of an hour before he actually pulled up), I lounged outside on a wall in the sun, people watching. It was a battle between pretty girls with their floaty dresses and summer legs and bicycles. Steel bicycles. Although they were only Surly (frames not girls), the bikes won out. I’m not sure if that is necessarily a good thing to admit. Anyway, before I got the fury at a fixed conversion of a Corsa Extra, John arrived.
As we made to enter the venue we were stopped by a pleasant security guard – “have you got tickets?”. I was affronted – didn’t he know who I was? Clearly not, as he would have realised that I don’t need anything as grubby as a ticket to gain entrance. Thankfully John said “our names are on the list” and we were whisked inside.
First impressions? Bigger than 2011. Much, much bigger. Click to read the full Bespoked Bristol report.
:: Date: Saturday 24th of March 2012
:: Time: 10am for a 1030 start.
:: Meeting at: Brandon Country Park Visitor Centre, Bury Road, Brandon, Suffolk, IP27 0SU
:: Directions: Brandon Country Park Visitor Centre is situated on the B1106. from the A11 this is the elvden cross road, signposted for brandon & centre parks. traveling from the A11 towards brandon the Brandon Country Park Visitor Centre is on the left. Parking is now Pay & Display, £2.50 all day. there is extra parking in the Orchard car park behind the old peoples home.
:: Terrain: Lots of single track, bomb holes and forest trails.
Last year 47 people turned out for some great riding around the trails of Thetford.
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