Bike to Bestival 2017 is now completely fully booked and all successful applicants have been notified. Sorry to any of you who have missed out this year. See you in the fields!
We’re so excited to launch the inaugural Bike to Bestival at our new home on the Lulworth Estate! We’d love you to join us on our mission to reduce environmental impact, while raising money for an amazing charity – and to top it all off, you get a free Bestival ticket!
Bike to Bestival will take place on Thursday 7th September. We’ve teamed up with the guys at Velo Domestique to run our ride from Bournemouth. All riders will set off from the same location at the same time, accompanied by a team of skilled marshals who will keep the riders on track and motivated and will get everyone safely to Bestival.
On arrival, everyone who has successfully completed Bike to Bestival will be issued with a free weekend ticket, reserved prime camping in our Emerald City campsite, and a few added extras!
All we ask, is that you pay a £25 administration fee, and raise a minimum of £120 for charity. Our chosen charity is the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust. This is an amazing charity working to empower and inspire young people aged 8-24. We’ll give you all the help you need to get your fundraising pages set up, as well as some help via our promotion channels.
So how do you get involved? Click here to register your interest in signing up to Bike to Bestival 2017. Registration closes on August 4th and successful applicants will be notified by August 7th
If you’re still undecided check out our handy FAQs below, to help you make your decision.
We hope to see you on two wheels, helping us to increase the peace en route to Bestival! x
When is it? Thursday 7th September. Meeting at 10am at Velo Domestique in Bournemouth
Where do I sign up? Right here
Do I get a free Bestival ticket? Yes – for the entire weekend, including camping
Where do I store my bike? There will be a secure container on site to store your bike
Can I take my bike to my tent? Afraid not, but rest assured – all bikes will be kept safe & sound while you enjoy the festival
I’m not an experienced rider, is that okay? As long as you feel you have the physical and mental capability to ride the full 25-mile route then you should be fine, none of the roads are particularly technical
What do I do with all my stuff? You can put all your belongings in our support vehicles
How many people are riding? The maximum amount of riders that we can take is 100.
Do I need protective clothing (helmet, lights on bikes & hi-vis)? European Standard level helmets are required, hi-vis and lights will not be required for the ride out
Are there safety stewards? Yes
What happens if my bike breaks? Your bike should be in full working order when you arrive at the event, however if you are unlucky enough for it to break en route, then the support vehicle will be able to repair it
Do I get water? It is advised that you bring your own water bottle
Are there lots of hills? The route has two short steep hills and is otherwise largely flat including a long section along the sea front, the total elevation for the ride is 1400ft
How far is it? 25 miles
Is there a time limit? The ride itself should take around three hours (including half an hour allocated for ferry time)
Will there be any breaks? There will be three breaks, one at Bournemouth Pier, the second during the wait/on the chain Ferry and the third will be at Corfe Castle
What equipment is provided and what do I need to provide myself? You will need to bring a helmet, cash for the ferry (£2), at least one suitable replacement inner tube and water. There will be pumps, basic tools & additional water available on the support vehicles
How do I get back from Bestival? There are regular train services from Wool (4.1 miles from the Bestival site) to Bournemouth & Pokesdown. Car-sharing services are also available- more information here
Do I have to bring my own bike? Yes
Why am I biking? Wouldn’t it just be easier to get in my friend’s car? Because you are saving the environment, raising money for charity and getting a free Bestival ticket!
Do I have to ride at the same pace as everyone else in one big group? There will be marshals at the front and back of the ride for the whole duration, and multiple in the middle. You can ride at your own pace in the knowledge that there will always be someone in front and behind you.