Early Riser cycling and music festival coming to the New Forest in August

Bands, pedal-powered discos, sportives, off-roading, children's entertainment, outdoorsy stuff and more

by Dave Atkinson   April 16, 2013  

Early Riser Festival

If you've been following recent events you'll know that the New Forest is basically a giant love-in between the locals and the lycra-clad. Ahem. Anyway, more news of cycling-related stuff down there today, with the launch of a brand new cycling and music festival, Early Riser, which will be held on 3–4 August at Avon Tyrell, the outdoor-activity centre of charity UK Youth.

Billed as "the place for anyone with a love of cycling and music", the Early Riser will feature britpop stalwarts Dodgy as the headliners, along with the Hotheads – fronted by Elizabeth McGovern, Downton Abbey's Lady Cora, Countess of Grantham – and a host of supporting acts. On the Saturday there'll be a sportive with 48-, 76- and 100-mile options, and there's cycling tracks and routes all around the grounds of Avon Tyrell, including child-friendly options, a pump track and a North Shore run. Rollapaluza will be there with their ever-popular roller racing rig, and there's a pedal-powered cinema and a pedal-powered stage: no sweat, no entertainment! All Aboard Bikes will be there with a range of cruisers, tandems, cargo bikes and rickshaws to try, and Voodoo Unicycles will be there to teach festival-goers how to go one-wheeled.

In addition to all that, the Animal BikeTour will be at the festival giving revellers the chance to see Martyn Ashton and Blake Samson showing off their skills. There will also be a host of talks and seminars from celebrated members of the cycling and expedition communities, including award-winning adventurer and author, Jason Lewis.

Kids are catered for too; there's loads of outdoors to explore, Bikeability will be on site offering cycle coaching, and Sid and Andy from CBeebies will be doing a live show at the festival on Sunday.

Festival organiser, Lee Reynolds, says: "This is a completely new festival format for cyclists of all abilities, interests and experience. It's a weekend for all the family with something for everyone, from children's entertainment, to a superb range of music acts, to some amazing cycling. The venue is beautiful and will make the perfect backdrop for an idyllic weekend of cycling, music, food, drink and fun for all the family."

Weekend tickets cost £78 (£42 concessions) and it's £42/£26 for a day pass for either Saturday or Sunday. Entry to the sportive and camping (one night for day passes, all weekend for full tickets) is included in the price. Bring your own puncture repair kit.

For more information head to http://www.earlyriserfestival.co.uk

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I could be wrong, but isn't that the same weekend as the Ride London cycle festival? Different vibe, of course...

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posted by Gizmo_ [1255 posts]
16th April 2013 - 12:43


Good spot Gizmo, it is the same weekend.

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [9526 posts]
16th April 2013 - 12:59


if they didn't like the Sportive god forbid what'll
happen at this !!!!

still on the 3rd switch-back of Bwlch !

posted by therevokid [927 posts]
16th April 2013 - 13:34

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therevokid wrote:
if they didn't like the Sportive god forbid what'll
happen at this !!!!

You're not kidding - they'll go mental! Big Grin

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posted by notfastenough [3724 posts]
16th April 2013 - 13:58


therevokid wrote:
if they didn't like the Sportive god forbid what'll
happen at this !!!!

On the other hand New Forest Commoners is a great name for a band. They're probably one of the support acts...

posted by DonnyCampo [66 posts]
16th April 2013 - 16:04

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I expect every cyclist to do their duty and go for it Big Grin

Get out and ride

posted by davidtcycle [62 posts]
16th April 2013 - 19:31

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Trying to think of appropriate activities to annoy the straights. Techno techno techno Morris dancing. In the dark. With Hi Viz gear and glow sticks.

posted by Argos74 [352 posts]
16th April 2013 - 19:43


This a local forest for local people Wink

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posted by BBB [258 posts]
16th April 2013 - 22:47


This will go down very well with the local's. Having just looked at the line up, I haven't ever heard of any of the artists. Suggesting that this would not be for me Confused

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posted by Gkam84 [9374 posts]
17th April 2013 - 2:42


This looks amazing with some great bands! My children will love it too, Sid and Andy! We will certainly be there, a great alternative to RideLondon which many missed out on Day Dreaming

posted by Missymoo [1 posts]
17th April 2013 - 8:15