Brighton Big Dog 2014 – 16th August

Words and Pictures by Gareth Taylor

The Brighton Big Dog is now in its 6th year, and nearly everyone you ask, says that this is the best race of the year bar none.

Click to read more and find out why this is the case.

A strong accolade for sure but this event certainly lives up to its reputation. This year its on the 16th of August in the usual MTB paradise that is Stanmer Park. The singletrack is always challenging, the climbs lung busting and the descents fasssssst and swoopy, what more could you want? Beer, an event village, trade stands, tea and cake stalls, loads of food options & a after party at the Velo Café are also part of the fun. Make sure you get on of the new mugs pictured above and get it filled with tea after every lap.

If you haven’t booked yet, get in quick as spaces are either gone or going very very fast. Go to their website for more details.

Here is a quote from their website on what this amazing event is all about:

Brighton had long been overlooked on the MTB circuit, not hosting a race for many long years, until the Gary Fisher G2 Revolver came to town in 2008, attended by the legend himself. Despite the success and great atmosphere this was only ever going to be a one-off event. Determined not to let a good thing go, and despite no previous experience of creating events, a small group of friends decided to step up to create The Brighton Big Dog in the summer of 2009.

We wanted to create an event which had a great community feel, that got to the very core of why people love to ride and race MTBs. Judging from the feedback we have every year, we have managed to achieve just that. Creating one of the UK’s best MTB courses with challenging climbs and thrilling descents, it all come to a finish 6 hours later with a finish line beer and a party on the beach afterwards.

We have been honoured that the race has sold out every year and has been featured in The Guardian’s Top 5 cycle events, in WhatMTB’s Top 10 Must Ride events, in Bike Magic’s Top 6 events who said “it’s a event every mountain biker should do” and more recently listed in the The World’s Ultimate Cycle Races, with it being one of the very few MTB entries.

We are a non-profit event and instead the takings from one year go straight back into helping it run for another year. Morvélo and The Big Dog have been growing hand in hand since the beginning, with Oli Pepper being one of the founding members, launching the popular clothing brand with a box of t-shirts at the very first Big Dog.

We offer a warm welcome to everyone, no matter what your ability. We’ve had everyone from Tour Series star Yanto Barker and Paris Roubaix winner Magnus Backstedt, to people who are dipping their toe in the waters of MTB for the first time. The strength of the Big Dog is that there are no egos. Simply people getting together to enjoying racing bikes on a summers day in a glorious setting.

We hope to see you all on the start line!

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