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Harrogate Big Bike Bash 2015 report

22nd June 2015

Chris Opie at Big Bike Bash, Harrogate

Harrogate Big Bike Bash on Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st June 2015 was a success, attracting big crowds. The lively event village on West Park Stray featured food and drink (in particular a Daleside Brewery tent), a main stage with DJs and live music, and a bike stunt show. Large numbers of local people participated in Ride the Route on the closed town centre roads, then racers took over for Criterium races - a support race, and an elite race.  

This video shows highlights of the stunt show, Ride the Route, and the elite Criterium race:

Event village

The event village proved popular. The bike stunt display drew in many spectators, and the Daleside Brewery tent and other food and drink outlets appeared to do a good trade. There were also charity stands, including Kevin Smith's charity pedal for Macmillan cancer support.

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Ride the Route

Ride the Route, Big Bike Bash Harrogate 2015

Lots of Harrogate residents came out to take on the Criterium course on closed roads in the town centre, in Ride the Route. There was a family ride, then a ride for more experienced cyclists at a faster pace.

Criterium races

Adam Blythe at Big Bike Bash 2015 Harrogate

Two Criterium races took place in the evening - a support race, then the elite race, which featured Adam Blythe (winner of last year's Ride London professional race). There were only a few racers, and the organisers will be hoping to attract more competitors next year. Chris Opie was the winner of the main race, commentated on by Rob Hayles. See the results on velouk.

Chris Opie leads the field at Big Bike Bash 2015 Harrogate  Rob Hayles commentates at Big Bike Bash 2015 Harrogate

Chris Opie tweeted that he liked the circuit: