So the I bike MCR fest starts at the end of this month. Hope you can all come up north to take part
registration for events is taking place now so please get amailing if you coming..should be ace fun
see ibikemcr.org.uk/festival.htm for info
Timetable for I Bike MCR 2008
If you wish to take part in any of these events please register your
interest by emailing us
Friday 28th March
6pm Central Library Critical Mass Bike Ride
Festival Opening Party (everyone invited!!!):
8pm - 3am Cafe Saki (opp EBC, Wilmslow Road)
7 Hertz ("folk, jazz, free improv, punk and just plain odd")
Ben Mellor (spoken word genius)
Egészségedre (Amazing Gypsy Ska band from Leicester)
DJ's from Pick Your Own and Longshot
PICK YOUR OWN
Bring your favourite record and the Pick your own Djs will play it.
PLUS... Bicycle visuals, bike games, slow race.
Saturday 29th March
3pm Cathedral Gardens next to Victoria Train Station:
Bicycle Treasure Hunt- a list of tasks with an assigned number of points
for each one. How many points can you get in 3 hours? Bring digital
camera/camera phone, bag, pen, map of Manchester, paper, oh and a bike.
It doesn't matter how fast you are or whether you're riding a shopper or a
carbon fixie...points are won with cleverness and creativity...plus theres
lots of winners inc. the child with most points, most points for person in
best fancy dress etc etc
EXAMPLE OF POINTS SYSTEM:
20 points: whoever can get back dressed as a pirate
10 points: visit checkpoint at All Saints park
Followed by drinks in The Sandbar to see the Bicycle Artwork
Sunday 30th March
Bicycle Welding Workshop
Email for venue details (it's one of our houses so we don't wanna give out
the address on website!)
All day to build bikes for the Bicycle Art Parade
Wednesday 2nd April
Bicycle Film Night
Doors and theatre bar open at 6.30PM Films Start at 7PM Sharp
At The Dancehouse Theatre Oxford Road Manchester
SHOWING SHORT FILM INCLUDING: Kiss Bike Kiss, I Bike MCR Film, NYC
Videozine, Bike Theif .
AND THE FEATURE: KLUNKERZ- A FILM ABOUT THE BIRTH OF MOUNTAIN BIKING.
Movie Magazine International:
"Savage is the craftsman who weaves this all together with one part pride,
he’s a Marin local after all, two parts awe, and three parts love.
KLUNKERZ is a thrill ride and a throwback to a simpler time when bored
youth went outside and invented fun. Still, one thing remains the same, a
good day can still be measured by how much mud you have in your teeth."
USA Today raves:
"Savage's funny and often poignant film looks at how a bunch of
semi-stones hippies in Northern California developed a unique style of
off-road bike riding through collaboration and competition. The
free-floating and (sometimes) selfless sharing of technology quickly led
to a full-blown industry and Olympic status as a sport in 1996."
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Friday 4th April
Midnight Ride to Formby
Sunrise swim. Meet at The Sandbar at quarter to Midnight to ride. Bring
good lights, food, towel, swimming stuff, warm clothes, bike etc.
It's about 40 miles and as its a night ride we'll take to the road which
we should have more or less to ourselves. A few stop offs for some light
refreshment is likely. Click here for the route we'll take. Some might
ride back, others may take the train from formby to Manchester. Maybe see
how you feel when you get there...
Formby: Large area of beach, sand dunes and pine woods: Stunning stretch
of unspoilt coastline, Long sandy beaches and attractive pine woods,
Playful red squirrels, often brave enough to scamper up close, Search for
5,000-year-old red deer footprints on the beach...
"An adventure by moonlight. We'll ride thorugh mostly traffic free country
lanes, settling into groups to ride with people going at a similar pace.
Stopping off now and again for a swig of something to warm us up. Flying
through little villages, past dark fields, under a blanket of stars and a
black sky dotted with bats...we'll feel tired and wonder why we're not in
our beds at times and we'll never get that nights sleep back. But it'll be
worth it. And as we ride into the sunrise and towards the shore of Formby
where our cheerleaders, the red squirrels, will meet us..we'll be glad we
did it....even if it rains the whole way!!!"
Saturday 5th April
Bicycle Polo class
1pm Platt Fields Park
The MCR Dropouts bicycle polo team will teach you how to play the sport
and help you get a team together for the tournament on 20th April.
Sunday 6th April
Meet 1pm Pankhurst Centre (please let us know if you're coming by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org)
Clitical Mass Ladies Bike ride to Reclaim the roads and feel confident by
riding together (and to socialise!)...with a talk about the history of
cycling and women and a ladies only bike maintenance skill share.
Friday 11th April
Hell Of the North West III
A fast ride around our city. Get to the checkpoints get back.
Followed by party at The Sandbar, everyone welcome (whether participating
in the alley cat/kitten or not). With DJs and a chance to hang out/
socialise with MCR bike community.
Saturday 12th April
2pm Bicycle Art Parade
Cathedral Gardens next to Victoria Train Station
Dress yourself and your bike up for a bike art parade that will finish at
the MCR Autonomous Action Space Band night..Any theme for fancy dress for
you and your bike is welcome..
Meet for a nice picnic in the gardens and to admire each others fancily
decorated steeds and riders (bring some nice picnic food and drink)..also
if you dont get chance to bling your bike before you come, there will be
opportunity and materials to do it there... Also there as part of the
Autonomous Spaces Event will be Folk bands, a soundsystem, magic tricks,
street theatre and art session!
then we shall ride around the city showing off how great our blinged-up
Email: email@example.com for more info and
Sunday 13th April
Meet at Noon at Cathedral Gardens next to Victoria Train Station for a
ride into the peaks with a few stops at some nice country pubs.
Saturday 19th April
2pm outside The Sandbar: Yo Fixie III
An event for fixed gear riders. With comps inc: Track Stand, Track Skid,
Sprint and more.
The Sandbar have very kindly agreed to putting on an amazing "street
party" type thing at the back of the bar, with a dj and outdoor bar,
during the Yo Fixie event so even if you haven't got a fixed wheel bike
you can come down and watch the others and socialise with other bike
Sunday 20th April
Bicycle Polo Tournament
1pm Platt Fields Park
Teams from around the UK compete to win the I Bike MCR Polo Tournament
Spectators/cheerleaders very welcome, we'll have music and half time
entertainment and fun..as are rookie teams (if you want to be in a team
but haven't played we suggest you come to the practise on Saturday 5th
April 1pm Platt Fields Park.
WITH A GAME OF BIKE TAG AT HALF TIME THAT IS OPEN TO POLO PLAYERS< SPECTATORS>>>EVERYBODY WITH A BIKE!!!!!ACE PRIZE TO BE WON
Friday 25th April
Critical Mass Bike ride
6pm Central Library
Followed by End of I Bike MCR Festival Party
8pm - 4am Aqua Bar, Albion Street, MCR
Bands: Cash for Your Stories, The Kirkz, The Autonomads and Hail Brethren
DJ's from Pick Your Own and Longshot playing reggae, ska, dub, dubstep,
AND the Rollapaluza guys roll up to put on a Roller Race!!!
Roller Race- The final heats will be amazing short races after competitors
have set their qualifying times. "It’s a drama – the gritting of teeth and
twisting of faces, as riders
give everything in those 20-something seconds of each race. Only opera
could portray the intensity and drama." (Therese Bjorn, www.londonmessengers.org)
We are starting to take registration now, so if you want to participate in
any of the events please get in touch..or if you want to help out at them.
We are trying to make all of the events free of charge, to make them as
accessible as possible, by applying for funding to cover costs and by
asking people to sponsor the prizes yet a small charge to cover costs may
be applied if funding doesn't come through.