“The UK’s chilled out Mountain Bike Festival”
The Big Bike Bash takes place at the charity UK Youth’s Avon Tyrrell Activity Centre in the New Forest on August 24-26 2013. Five hundred plus riders and their families attended this celebration of mountain biking, music and real ale in 2012 and helped raise £11,500 for UK Youth, the country’s leading youth work charity. The money has been put towards developing a range of exciting opportunities and facilities for cyclists, young people and the local community that use the 65 acre site near Bransgore.
Avon Tyrrell is the ideal setting for the event, which is supported by a range of sponsors including local companies and the bike industry, as well as an army of volunteer local MTB clubs and enthusiasts.
In its fifth year, the 2013 Big Bike Bash is aimed at the keen mountain biker or the happy amateur, and has more riders, prizes, bands, and beer than ever before. The cross-country racecourse is 5 km of twisty single-track that includes water-crossings, technical sections and fast open sections. There are even events like malt loaf eating and the infamous lake jump.
The weekend is perfect for the whole family, with live music, DJs, a beer festival and activities to keep the kids and non-riders entertained. Facilities include on-site camping, showers, bike doctors, climbing, archery, boating activities and much more.
Louis Bonney, UK Youth’s Director of Fundraising said: “It’s great to have a place where people of all ages can come and have fun and learn new bike skills in a fantastic environment. We are really grateful to those that support our work with young people and make events like the Big Bike Bash such a success!”
Ticket prices for this year’s event are £50 per adult and £20 for under 18’s for those who want to take part in any of the competitions and for those that simply want to soak up the festivals atmosphere, enjoy the music and beer festival, tickets are £20. Under 5’s tickets cost 1p – All ticket prices include camping. The family ticket at £100 offers great value for money too and it all supports a great cause. There’s not many events you can come back to and see where the money has been used.
If you would like to be a part of this year’s event or would like to know more about UK Youth and its work with young people or the Avon Tyrrell venue contact Anne, Catherine or Louis on 01425 672347 or email firstname.lastname@example.org  and visit www.bigbikebash.co.uk