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Cycle Show 2013 introduces road bike demo circuit

Top brands, road bike demos and lots more

The 2013 Cycle Show opens at the NEC, Birmingham next weekend with new features including trials and roller racing and old favourites like BMX displays and the mountain bike demo track.

The show runs September 26-29, with a trade and press day on Thursday, September 26. From the 27th, the doors are open to everyone for what organisers says will be “the largest display of the latest 2014 bikes, cycle accessories, clothing, protective gear, health and fitness products, activity and adventure companies, and all the latest in gizmos and gadgets”.

For road cyclists there is a new road bike test circuit that runs in and out of the exhibition hall. Bike brands signed up to demo include Trek, Fondriest, Team Carbon, Rose, Bianchi, Condor, Spin and Cube. For more details and to register for a test session see the Cycle Show road demo page.

Last year’s show was the biggest in the Cycle Show’s 12-year history, and organisers are planning to build on that success. Attractions include the mountain bike outdoor demo track,  freestyle BMX pros and trials riders in action and the first chance for UK riders to take a look at lots of 2014 new gear.

Other features of the show include:

Electric Bike Village
Dare 2b Commuter demo Track
Children’s test track
MTB demo track
Quest 88 Inclusive Cycling Hub

Check out the Cycle Show website for full information and to buy tickets.

John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.

He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.

Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for Along with founder Tony Farelly, John was on the launch team for and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.

John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

He joined in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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