Bike To Bestival

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Reduce your environmental impact, raise money for awesome charities and get a free ticket to The Most Colourful Show on Earth!

After an incredibly successful last year where we smashed our target and raised £12,589 for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, Bike to Bestival is back.

With over 1000 entries last year, we’ve increased the number of places available to 150 and introduced a new Pro Ride from Bristol for 30 riders. This year we’ll be raising for CALM and The Bristol Bike Project, two amazing charities we’re really excited to be supporting!

CALM – dedicated to preventing male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK.

The Bristol Bike Project – a fantastic local project who provide accessible, affordable and sustainable transportation to marginalised groups in the Bristol community.

Applications to Bike to Bestival are still open! Enter below…



All successful participants will be required to pay a £50 registration fee and raise a minimum of £200 for CALM or The Bristol Bike Project.

All participants will receive a free weekend ticket to Bestival 2018, an exclusive Bike to Bestival T-Shirt, reserved prime camping at Bestival, and a few added extras along the way!


The ride from Bournemouth will set off on Thursday 2nd August. We’ve once again teamed up with our good friends at Velo Domestique to put on the ride. This ride will set off around midday, accompanied by a team of skilled marshals, who will keep all riders on track and ensure everyone safely arrives at Bestival.


Our first ever Bike to Bestival Pro ride from Bristol will set off on Wednesday 1st August, and will be split over two days with approximately 5-6hrs riding per day. Our friends at The Door & Rivet Café are helping us put on this ride. This ride is a total of 100 miles – please only apply to ride from Bristol if you are a confident bike rider with a suitable bike and experience in long-distance rides.


When is it? Bristol riders will set off on Wednesday 1st August. Bournemouth riders will set off on Thursday 2nd August. All riders will need to be at the meeting points at 10am.
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 place for you to lock your bike on-site, that will be guarded by 24hr security. Please bring your own bike lock.
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. Please only apply for the Bournemouth ride, and not the Bristol Pro Ride.
What do I do with all my stuff? You can put all your belongings in our support vehicles!
How many people are riding? 150 riders will travel from Bournemouth and 30 riders from Bristol.
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
How far is it? 25 miles from Bournemouth and 100 miles from Bristol.
Is there a time limit? The ride from Bournemouth will take around five hours (including half an hour allocated for ferry time). The ride from Bristol will be spread over two days, with approximately six hours riding each day.
Will there be any breaks? The Bounemouth ride will have three breaks: one at Bournemouth Pier, the second during the wait/on the chain Ferry and the third will be at Corfe Castle. The Bristol ride will have two stops along the way.
What equipment is provided and what do I need to provide myself? You will need to bring a helmet, 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 – and please make sure your bike is suitable for the ride!
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 ticket to Bestival!
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.