This week was one year since the official opening of the revamped mountain bike trails in Bristol. By way of a celebration, project creators 1 South West invited a few key players along. We were there, so were trail designers Architrail, XC legend Oli Beckingsale and Devon trials chap Andrei Burton, who entertained everyone with some moves on the new waymarking signs.
The big story though was the presence of Bristol Mayor George Ferguson. He didn’t stop for long, but had some glowing things to say about the new trail, and even wants to ride the whole thing when time permits.
The other reason for the event was to officially confirm the sponsorship of the trails by Avanti Bikes. Aptly, Avanti’s UK distributor Paligap have been a long-time supporter of Bristol Bikefest and have also showered us with dig day prizes in the past too, so it’s great to see them stepping up with a much-needed offer of support.
After a few years of uncertainty and comparative neglect, it’s great to see the importance of the trails to Bristol being recognised at the highest level of officialdom. Not to mention the hard work of the people who brought them into being.