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New Ritchey Reveller dirt sportive set for Bristol

Route takes in gravel, bridleways and farm tracks

Bristol Bikefest will this year feature the Ritchey Reveller dirt sportive for the first time, a 60km (about 37 miles) event that takes in gravel tracks, bridleways and rough farm roads.

It’s a single loop that starts and finishes at the Bikefest event venue in Ashton Court, Bristol. 

“The event goes over a variety of terrain (including up to 50 percent off road) so the recommended bikes would be cyclocross or gravel bikes, but all kinds of bikes are welcome,” says event organiser Michael Wilkens. “Due to the high off-road content we would not recommend bringing road bikes to the Reveller.”

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Riders can expect a well marked course, feed stations at the start/finish and on the route, showers and changing rooms.

As part of Bristol Bikefest, there will be an event village with food and drink stands, a bar and pre/post ride massage.  

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Bristol Bikefest has been running for 14 years. It offers 12, six and three-hour relay mountain bike events as well as the Steve Worland Ride Singletrack Hard & Drink A Swig Of Cider Per Lap Memorial Cup 2016, named after the late bike journalist.

The Reveller takes place on Sunday, 12 June 2016. Entry is £25.

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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