We've put together an exciting schedule of MTB fun and frolics for Northern Grip 2016. Tickets will secure you access to the Festival Hub where the main events are taking place.
Here's the plan so far, we'll be announcing more details as we get closer to the date
Friday 22nd July:
Whether checking in for the weekend, pitching in a local campsite or popping in for the evening, join us for the opening party in one of Ramsbottom finest independent pubs with DJs from Manchester's Funkademia.
Although not officially open for business, if you're lucky enough to secure a ticket we'll let you know where to find us.
Saturday 23rd July:
We will have a full day's MTB themed programme in our Festival Hub on Saturday, starting from 10am and running through to the small hours. There will be:
- Chat and debate with industry bods and extraordinary riders
- Showcases and demo bikes from Kona, Cotic and Sonder Bikes from Alpkit
- Trade stands and pop up shops
- On site mechanics from our friends at Cooksons Cycles
- Exclusive MTB films
- Bike setup tips from the pros
- Proper Northern food and drink (you'll deserve it)
- Great live bands
- DJs from Manchester's Funkademia club night
Throughout the day we'll be encouraging you to get out onto the hills and ride your bikes (or a spanking new demo of course) where some special events will provide the perfect excuse to stop for a breather.
Sunday 24th July:
Breakfast will be available back at the Festival Hub, then a Big Group Ride, showcasing the best of the area's riding to wake us all up and shake it all off.
Go home tired and happy.
Ramsbottom. It's rural but not remote. It's got wild spaces but it doesn't take ages to reach. Or get back from. The town's long gone industrial heritage has left a network of tracks and trails all over the adjacent valley sides and fell tops.
Ramsbottom also has a growing reputation as a foodie destination with loads of bars and a wide range of excellent places to eat.
It's a town that thrives on putting on events. Rammy residents love to welcome people to their town. The real mystery is why it's taken so long for there to be a mountain bike festival based here.
Ramsbottom Civic Hall is a handsome 19th Century stone built venue smack in the centre of town. Refurbished inside and out, its rooms are flooded with natural light and full of character - a perfect spot for our Festival Hub.
There are plenty of google-able existing accommodation options in Ramsbottom including small hotels, guesthouses and B&B's. We have a recommended campsite, The Paddock, which is around 10 minutes away https://www.facebook.com/thepaddockramsbottom/
We are however working on some MTB specific logistics for the event - changing facilities, showers etc. and will keep you posted once details are confirmed.
Your £25.00 ticket gets you exclusive access to our Festival Hub where the good stuff will be taking place throughout Saturday and first thing Sunday. Limited ticket numbers will be available for this first year event - we want to make sure it's a knock out event that we can build on to be back bigger and even better next year.
Northern Grip is brought to you by a small, very experienced team, all passionate about mountain biking in the North. We are:
David Agnew - director of So It Is: producer of arts and music events including Ramsbottom Festival, The Met and Homegrown Folk Festival.
Benji Haworth - cycling journo, photographer, author and preacher of MTB to anyone who'll listen.
Jamie Scahill - events genius of Funkademia, Skiddle, Friday Food Fight and A-Wing fame.
Ian 'Wellsy' Wells - Ramsbottom MTB group leader and man of the people.
Tom Whitehead - ex pro rider turned local bike evangelist.
Mike Kelly - business advisor and resident team cat herder.