An eclectic mix of sports and business stars have come together to celebrate the return of Bike Bath, the one-day cycling event that is gearing up for its sixth edition on Sunday 2nd July.
Long-time supporters Bath Ales welcomed guests to Graze bar for the launch, which was graced by two Olympians, modern pentathlon silver medallist Heather Fell and skeleton bob gold medallist Amy Williams. Amy is the official women’s ambassador for Bike Bath, and Heather will be riding at the event with the Cannondale Girls race team.
From the cycling world, the launch brought together figures from the Bike Channel, Raleigh, Moulton, Scheckter’s Organic energy drinks, Sunwise sportswear, and ITV Cycling commentator Yanto Barker, whose clothing company Le Col is an official partner of Bike Bath and its sister events Bike Oxford and Bike Chester.
Also present was rugby legend Peter Winterbottom, who brings together stars from a golden era of rugby each year for the Ride of the Lions and Clock to the Rock charity rides, raising over £300,000 to date for various charities.
Peter was celebrating the recent link-up of Bike Bath and Ride of the Lions, which will see some former Lions using Bike Bath and its sister events as training rides in preparation for a ride from London to Gibraltar.
Bath’s business community are long time supporters of the event, and the event was attended by local companies including HPH Property, developers of Hawke Ridge Business Park, Royds Withy King and Carter Jonas, Feilden Clegg Bradley, MoreSoda web design, Northbank Design and Epoch Wealth.
Bike Bath supports charity partners Dorothy House, and last year raised £4,000.00 to fund their services. The Mayor, Councillor Paul Crossley, and Mayoress also stopped in at the launch to show their support, and were entertained by a live drawing session from Bike Bath artist-in-residence Simon Spilsbury.
Anyone wanting to find out more about Bike Bath can head to http://www.bikebath.co.uk/.
Entries are now available priced at £35 for the long routes and £25 for the shortest route. Under 16s entry is available for £12 (riders must be accompanied by an adult). A small booking fee applies.