Are you coming to Bike Bath this weekend? If you are, make sure you come down to the Bath Rugby clubhouse on Saturday evening (doors open 5.30pm) for the Celebration of Cycling evening. You can have a beer after your ride (or before, if you're riding on the Sunday) and get involved with an evening of talks and Q&As covering a wide gamut of cycling topics. You can come if you're not riding, too.
First up is Andrew Denham. Andrew's the founder of The Bicycle Academy, a new framebuilding workshop based in Frome. He enlisted the help of legendary fillet-brazer Brian Curtis and gave the Academy an added twist of social responsibility: the bike you make as you learn the skills gets sent out to Africa to help people who really need it. The Bicycle Academy has been a resounding success and has just moved into bigger premises; the range of courses is expanding too. Andrew also dreamt up the Frome Cobble Wobble. He's full of good ideas.
Next up is Max Glaskin. Max Max Glaskin is an award-winning science and technology journalist with a special interest in cycling, and author of a new book: Cycling Science: How Rider and Machine Work Together. The book is an exploration of the science surrounding both the bike and the rider. Subdivided into themed sections – materials, power, aerodynamics, strength and stability – it's a great resource for anyone who likes to look a bit more analytically at their riding.
Finally we have transport psychologist and sometime wig wearer Dr Ian Walker. Ian specialises in traffic, transport and environmental behavours. The New York Times selected Ian's work on driver-bicyclist interactions – using bicycle carrying a video system and accurate ultrasonic distance sensor to record passing proximities – as one of the ideas that defined 2006. He's got lots to say on many other aspects of cycling and transport too.
If you're riding at Bike Bath – any distance, Saturday or Sunday – then the event is free. If you're not riding but you think it sounds like an interesting evening – and it will be – then you can get in for just £3.
If you haven't heard of Bike Bath, well it's a two-day cycling event this weekend, with sportive rides on the Saturday and Sunday. There's various distances from 20 to 100 miles, and anyone completing the 100-miler on both days earns the title of Bath Gladiator. The rides are electronically timed and well signposted and marshalled, and the feed stops feature a wealth of local produce. And the sun will be shining. That's a guarantee*.
*It's not a guarantee
Dave is a founding father of road.cc, having previously worked on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike magazines back in the day. He also writes about e-bikes for our sister publication ebiketips. He's won three mountain bike bog snorkelling World Championships, and races at the back of the third cats.