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We whet your appetite with a look at some of the highlights at ExCeL this week; our tech preview of show is on its way too

The London Bike Show returns this week - kicking off on Thursday 13 February for a four-day extravaganza of all things cycling.

Back at its ExCeL home in London's Docklands for the fourth year running, the exhibition covers road cycling, mountain biking, BMX, cyclo cross, a family cycle at the weekend and commuting to work - with a side order of entertainment in the form of Pro Mountain Biker Blake Samson and free runner Luke “Mad-Gun” Madigan as part of the Animal Action Sports Tour display team with multiple demos of aerial stunt skills each day.

 

 

There’s also an 8ft half-pipe, where the great and the good of the BMX world will be showcasing their skills for your amusement every day, and head to head pump track racing too.

 

 

Also at the show is a Training Hub, where you’ll be able to pick up experience elite performance assessments, coaching and advice for £115  - which includes a full body assessment, a threshold power test on a Wattbike, strength and conditioning advice and exercises and a session with a dietician who will help develop your nutrition and training plan to take away.

We’ll bring you a full tech preview of the show later this week, but be assured that there’s a full array of bike exhibitors, from the big brands to niche and specialist framebuilders. What’s more, there’s a 500m test track, giving you the chance to make a more informed decision if you’re planning on splashing some serious cash at the show.

 

 

Some of the bikes you might want to take to the track include the likes of London based Aprire Bikes  and Mosquito, bike leasing company Bike Swanky, Cotic’s flat barred offerings, Hoy bikes, Islabikes for kids, and Continental brands Rose and Stevens.

 

 

There’s also clothing from Shutt VR, Rapha, Jura Cycle Clothing and many others.

That track also transforms itself to become home to the UK’s only indoor crit race on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with all categories of men’s and women’s racing right up to Elite level.

 

 

It’s not just entertainment on offer at the London Bike Show - The International Cyclefit Symposium (ICS) will also take place - a professional conference for the world’s leading bike fitting experts, who will also be on hand to help us mere mortals with bike fit issues.

The ICS Fit Zone within the show will host the likes of Cyclefit, BikeFitting.com, Retül and Body Geometry Fit, with input from the leading experts in the fitting industry.

Keith Bontrager, of components, accessories and clothing brand fame will be publicly quizzed by Cyclefit Director, Phil Cavell on Thursday, followed by the chance to hear Todd Carver explain how Retül use 3d motion capture to improve their bike fitting analysis.

 

 

Andy Pruitt, who founded the Specialized Body Geometry Fit School in 2004, will be letting listeners in on some of the secrets of the bike industry  on Friday, while British Cycling’s lead physiotherapist Phil Burt will also be sharing his experiences of his work with the Olympic cyclists in the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London games, and Team Sky.

Cyclefit sessions can be booked in advance – for more information visit the website here.

 

Show Opening Times:

 

Thursday 13 February: 1pm – 8pm

Friday 14 February: 10am – 5pm

Saturday 15 February: 9am – 6pm

Sunday 16 February: 9am – 5pm

 

Event Ticket prices:

 

 

Tickets

Advance

On the door

Adult (16+)

£16

£20

Senior (60 Years +)

£13

£15

Student (with valid student ID)

£13

£15

Children (15 and under)

FREE – ticket needed

FREE – ticket needed

Group discount (10+ people)

£12 per person

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Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.