Saturday May 24th 2014
1pm until 8pm
Dark Star Brewery
22 Star Road
£8 normal ticket
£13 with return coach trip back to Brighton
Here's a guide to the day.
11am - The Ride Out
There will be an optional ride out from Brighton. Exact location and routes can be found in the Ride Out section and there will be two options, both on- road and off-road, to cater for your wide ranging tastes. Nothing too serious but every cyclist knows how much better a drink and BBQ tastes after a bike ride. There will be an option to put a bag in a van with some clean clothes so that you won't repulse others when you arrive at the brewery.
1pm - Spin Up In A Brewery starts
Upon arrival and as part of your entry fee, you will be given a free pint of Dark Star. There will be secure bike parking if you have cycled over and plenty of car parking if you have driven. Although we might have to have some sort of roller race forfeit for all those drivers!
Then you'll be encouraged to step-up and have a go at some roller racing - brought to you by South Coast Sprints. If you're not sure what this is check out the photos from last year. Not matter how fit or unfit you are, it's addictive and there will be impromptu competitions and prizes going on throughout the day. Also their will be some kids bike so all those from 10 yrs old and up will get a chance to race. A Top Gear style electronic leaderboard for both adults and children will show who has bragging rights.
BBQ, Beers and Bike Stuff
In between thrashing your mates at roller racing there will be a delicious BBQ going all day masterminded by Andy Annat, 3 times UK BBQ Champion and World BBQ finalist! It wouldn't be a proper trip to a brewery if there wasn't a fine selection of award winning ales for you to try and buy, so good job there is. There will also be a range of soft drinks and wine if for some crazy reason beer isn't to your tastes. Morvélo Bicycle Apparel will be showing off their latest range and will be offering an exclusive 15% discount to everyone. Also showing off their products will be Kinesis Bikes UK (who are based just next door to the brewery) and some of the other great sponsors of The Kinesis Morvélo Project such as Lezyne, Reynolds, Xfusion, Green Oil and Clif Bar, so there will be plenty to see and do.
This is where the fastest 8 riders will race head to head in an eliminator to see who becomes the champ. Of course the best part of this is the heckling. Ahem, we mean supporting. Seeing people pedal as fast as they can whilst you shout as much as you can is a sport in its own right.
8pm - Finish
All good things must come to an end. But not necessarily right now. If you want to keep the party going then we'll be heading to The Partridge Dark Star pub around the corner. Alternatively you could ride back home as it will be fairly light still or for those that have over indulged there will be a coach back to the Evening Star in Brighton.
Surely Saturday's don't get much better than that.
More photos here.