Back for a second year, the Fat Face Night Ride is an urban downhill event, this year taking place through the street of Scarborough. You can go along and watch how the pros do it, before sampling the after-race party, or take part in the race if you get a shift on and register.
Last year the race took place in Edinburgh, but the move south promises to allow a longer and more challenging course with more room for specatators, organisers say. The route winds down from the top of the rocky headland on which stands Scarborough’s medieval castle down to the sea front and pier.
The event takes place on Saturday and you can watch for free. Go to www.nps4x.com/joomla for race registration.
Something to watch
The eighth annual Bicycle Film Festival concludes this weekend, with a range of films at the Barbican Cinema in London. Highlights include the screening of ‘The Way Bobby Sees It’ – for those unfamiliar it’s about a blind mountain biker who relies on a ‘guide’ to help him see as he races down one of the most difficult downhill courses in the US. That’s right, riding a DH course blind!
If you’re into road riding, there’s still some seats left for Road to Roubaix – check on the website though as tickets are selling out like Lance Armstrong on a publicity drive.
Something to ride
The Evans Ride It! series heads to Nottingham this weekend, taking in broad forest trails and hardpacked fast tracks, largely within Sherwood forest itself. As usual, there are three options available for you to ride on the Saturday: the short route, at 15 miles; the medium, 25 miles in length; and the long 35 mile route. See www.evanscycles.com/ride-it for details.