The organisers of the 2016 Bike Expo have revealed a new addition to next year’s event – an 800m hard-grip, indoor track, which will play host to a series of cycling races over two days of action from 18th to 19th March 2016.
Bike Expo runs at Manchester’s EventCity from 18th to 20th March 2016, alongside Run Expo, Swim Expo and Triathlon Expo.
Thanks to the new indoor track there will be races to cater for all levels of ability and experience, from up-and-coming youth riders, to women, toddlers and seniors. The packed schedule of events will feature corporate team competitions and folding bike races too.
The Rainbow Classic track, delivered in partnership with Rainbow Adventure Events, will also host the blue riband event of the two days’ racing: The Rainbow Classic. This race will see the country’s top Elite riders battle it out in front of a huge crowd gathered at the Expo, the organisers said: "This unprecedented event looks set to be an absolute must-see spectacle in 2016 and will present an unrivalled opportunity for exhibitors to access a huge audience of cycling enthusiasts."
Mandy Jones – former World Road Race Champion and a key person in the project – said: “When we were approached to design and organise the event, we realised it was an opportunity to create a completely new and memorable spectacle. The thought of a fully-supported and serviced indoor bike race with VIP area, team coaches, team cars and crowds of people just gives me butterflies in my stomach.”
The indoor track will include multiple manned crossing points and full medical back-up will also be on hand. Big screens will show live coverage of all the races, complete with expert commentary.
Event Manager, Colin Gale, said: “The indoor track will allow us to welcome even more serious cyclists through the doors of Bike Expo, and we will be inviting all of the cycling clubs in the region to take part. Our aim is to make the Rainbow Classic a staple annual event for the cycling calendar.”
With Bike Expo taking place alongside Run Expo, the Rainbow Classic Track will also feature a series of one-mile running challenges over the course of the three-day event. The events will included seminars and Q&As with sports starts.