Si wrote:BikeFest was last year...when the sportive was cancelled, and the year before (but only used a very small loop that was already set aside for the RWC in '15). This year it was replaced with CityRide, which was last week to coincide with bike week, and a bit bigger than BikeFest, (and less stressful given it was mostly run by BC rather than BCR).
Nevertheless, Velo Birmingham did initially mention there would be a BikeFest alongside - it was mentioned on their website and appears in early coverage like http://www.bikeradar.com/road/news/arti ... led-48195/
I just looked up CityRide, which I don't remember seeing - a 3 mile route that seems like most along one line in two directions seems rather poor compared to Freecycle's 8 miles loop (and 2 miles of extra loops) - aren't Birmingham's businesses and casual riders being short-changed by the lack of a sight-seeing ride alongside Velo Birmingham?
I go cycling to get away from large groups of people and don't like crowds like city centres etc . I surely wouldn't like riding in a big group of people I don't know or who I can't rely on knowing how to ride in a group,the very thought makes me feel mildly quesy
Heh, anti-sociable cycling! It's not fast, for sure, and you can pretty much assume that almost no-one there knows how CUK and HSBCUKBC think one should ride in a group, so you must ride so you can stop within what you can see to be clear... even then, you do get some clear stretches where you can move to the middle of the road and push on for a bit, such as much of Birdcage Walk or the wider bits of Holborn Viaduct, which are both after bottlenecks.