Mud Dock Cycleworks and Café hosts weekend of bike-related events, while April also sees celebration of A Beautiful Machine

A two-day festival of cycling hosted by the Mud Dock Cycleworks and Café in Bristol will form part of a fortnight-long series of events celebrating the bicycle in England's first Cycling City next month.

Dubbed Mudstock, the venue will provide the focal point over the weekend of 10 and 11 April for demos of all the brands stocked at Mud Dock Cycleworks, group rides, talks, a cycling quiz, and even a raffle for a £500 Trek bike. Food will also be on offer as will cider, this being the South West, of course.

The event is free and is aimed at all types and abilities of cyclists, so whether you’re a roadie, mountain biker, commuter, leisure cyclist or simply someone who enjoys watching the Tour de France from the comfort of your sofa, organisers promise that Mudstock will have something to appeal to you.

Over the weekend, discounts will be available at Mud Dock Cycleworks on clothing, bikes and accessories, and of course the café will be open complete with DJs. You can try out bikes from brands including Trek, Scott, Cannondale, Felt, Santa Cruz and Sunn, while talks will cover all aspects of cycling, whether that be pro riders talking about riding the Santa Cruz World Cup or experts and enthusiasts speaking about fitness, nutrition, women’s cycling and sportives.

The full timetable of events is as follows, and more information can be found on the Mud Dock Cycleworks and Café website.

Saturday 10th

11:00-16:00: Demo bikes available to ride (pre-registration/ID required)
11.00- 16.00: Seminars in the café (pre-registration via website)
12.00-13.00: Basic Bike Repairs Workshop
15.00-16.00: Wheel-building Workshop
17.00 onwards DJ in café

Sunday 11th

09:30: Group rides depart Mud Dock (approx 2hr)
11:00-15:00: Demo bikes available to ride (pre-registration/ID required)
12.00-16.00: Seminars in the café pre-registration via website)
12.00-13.00: Basic Bike Repairs Workshop
15.00-16.00: Wheel-building Workshop
18.00: Bike Quiz in the café (pre-register teams of 4)
19.30: ‘Trek…’ Raffle prize draw

The first fortnight of the month also sees the city play host to a series of bicycle-themed art exhibitions and talks called A Beautiful Machine, taking place above the Bristol Howies store from 1 April and organised in partnership with McFaul Studio.

Organisers promise that the event will reach out to “those who ride, those who allow us to ride… and those who want us to ride.” One of the talks will be by none other than road.cc, which you clearly wouldn’t want to miss, and as soon as details are finalised we’ll let you have the details so you can come along and meet us.

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.