ExCel centre show moved away from Boat show dates

Next year’s London Bike Show moves a bit closer to summer with new dates of February 13-16 at the Excel Centre, but away from the Boat Show which remains in January.

Organiser say the new dates coincide with half term and lots of the usual attractions will be back, even if you won’t be able to pop across the concourse and order a new superyacht to ferry your fleet of Pinarellos round the world.

The popular bike test track will be back with bikes from a range of manufacturers still to be finalised.

The training hub will be staffed by a team of experts offering two-hour analysis sessions covering spin stroke, inspiratory muscle training assessment, fitness testing, nutritional advice, and core conditioning, all leading to a personalised training plan.

The Cycling Performance Theatre will give visitors the chance to hear from a range of speakers, including current and former pro cyclists, coaches and nutrition experts. The practical side of cycling will also be covered, with talks on bike maintenance and tuning.

The Animal WD-40 Action Sports Tour display team will be back showcasing their skill, control and balance with spectacular aerial action.

The bike show will run alongside a new triathlon show, which should offer lots of interest for time-trial riders and cyclists thinking about branching out.

For riders whose interests run more to boots, tents and exotic locales, your entry ticket for the Bike Show will get you into the Telegraph Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show as well as the triathlon show.

Tickets and opening times

Advance tickets are £16 for adults, £13 concessions and under-16s get in free. On the door prices are £20 and £15.

Opening hours are:

Thursday 13 February: 1pm – 8pm
Friday 14 February: 10am – 5pm
Saturday 15 February: 9am – 6pm
Sunday 16 February: 9am – 5pm

For more information see the London Bike Show website.

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Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.