The Malverns Classic Festival is Back

Mar 27, 2018
by Simon Paton  
Eastnor Castle

PRESS RELEASE: Malverns Classic

The GT Bicycles Malverns Classic Festival returns to Eastnor Deer Park after a 20-year break. The dates to mark in your diary are the 15th to the 17th of June. A packed weekend of challenging and exciting events is scheduled that will see riders of all ages and abilities race and having fun in a chilled out family atmosphere.

Whats On:
- Live Bands and DJ’s.
- On-site Catering and Licenced Bar.
- Large marquees on site, we will ensure good times whatever the weather.
- Spawn Cycles Kids Zone - Qualified Coaches and Skills Area.
- For the little ones – Fun Races, Cycling Ability Courses, Face Painting, Bouncy Castles and a Pump Track.
- Muc-Off Pump Track - Racing and Open Sessions for all.
- The WD40 Retro Show and Shine – £1,000 in cash for the ‘Best in Show’ retro bike.
- The National Demo Long Weekender – Over 30x bike brands to try before you buy.
- Expo Village – Over 50 stands both retailing and displaying all the latest kit.
- TRP Lake Ride – Armbands are compulsory as you will be trying to ride the skinny planks across the lake!
- Jez Avery Stunt Show – Now it wouldn’t be the Malverns without Jez Avery! Jez will be up to his old tricks as well as new ones, showboating for you, entertaining both young and old with his stunt show.
- The Ultimate/Exposure Pub Quiz.
- Wi-Fi - Free for all to use.
- Security and Medics – Onsite 24 hours.
- Serviced Toilets and Showers.
- Parking and Camping onsite.

Dual Slalom. Picture by Geoff Waugh.

Bring Your Bike.
Eastnor Deer Park is a beautiful venue and we openly encourage you to go for ride outs. The courses when not in use for either practice or racing will be open for you to ride. For example, once the Dual Slalom event finishes on the Friday evening, we will re-open it from Saturday morning onwards and man the courses with marshals and medics, for you to ride at no additional cost.

Take your pick of what you fancy entering whether you are a seasoned racer or a newbie first timer to the start gate. Entries are selling fast with the downhill and the enduro already selling out so be quick and enter HERE.

- GT Bicycles Dual Slalom – Friday afternoon/evening – Entries Available.
- Cannondale Cross Country – Saturday – Entries Available.
- Funn Enduro (Funnduro) – Saturday Morning – Sold Out.
- Fabric Quad Eliminator – Saturday afternoon – Entries Available.
- Schwalbe Classic Downhill – Sunday – Sold Out.

images from the Shimano BDS Llangollen 2016 - Race Report

Admission Pricing.
Everyone aged 13 or above that is entering the festival will need to purchase an admission ticket by clicking HERE.

- All spectators (12 and under, no charge).
- £30.00 for a weekend pass covers Parking, Camping and Festival Admission.
- £10.00 for a day pass covers Parking and Festival Admission.

Carnage. Picture by Geoff Waugh.

The address: Eastnor Deer Park, Ledbury, Herefordshire. HR8 1RL.

GT Bicycles Malverns Classic 2018

To keep up to date on the event, click on the Malverns Classic Facebook Page.

Pictures by Geoff Waugh.


  • + 17
 I visited Eastnor last August and told myself next time I was staying in the area to take my bike, spotted a few trail lines diving off the footpath in a few places.

The bottom photo saddens me though, not for nostalgia over the classic bikes, nor for the questionable 90's haircuts or the Ford Escort with inevitable gaffa tape on the bumper. I'm annoyed that people might think acceptable to leave a site in such a sh*t-hole state
  • + 4
 Agreed, hopefully we have come a long way since then both in ethics and ditching Escorts
  • + 4
 It doesnt look like they've left yet...
  • - 1
 Besides, they all probably got murdered.
  • + 0
 @ROOTminus1 , was my first thought too, dunno whats worse - the scroats in the photo not giving a f**k or the person that thought it was ok to use this image as a representation of the festivals heyday
  • + 6
 Are you kidding? Thats nothing compared to the likes of Glastonbury and thats full of hipster vegans.
Quit whinging and stop being pathetic

All that aside those guys have clearly not left yet, so get of their case assuming they didn't clear up.
  • + 1
 OMG.... pretty sure these bad dudes caused global warming and many species to go extinct !
  • + 2
 @asmustard : It's the kind of attitude of these bad dudes that has lead to Trump as President and Brexit. In fact, I hold them directly responsible.
  • + 2
 @Chute: it's a fair conclusion.
I would not be surprised if this was a pleasant scene of some young fellows enjoying a social camping trip in the countryside , only to be manipulated by the Russians to encourage people's voting habits.
  • - 1
 @pbuser2299: @T1mb0: Call me jaded, but I've been to enough campsites and festivals to know most groups who let their area get as trashed as that don't bother to clean up.

In the end it's all about the riding; I don't want littering wankers putting the backs up the locals and making rides in the area liable to be trapped.
  • + 2
 The Malverns is not all about the riding. Its a festival with a shit load of riding.
Plus you can guarantee that the organisers will be fully committed to a clean up operation when its finished, so yes you are jaded.

Eastnor has hosted many events (not just for us bikers) over the years and they are also fully aware of the responsibilities that brings.

Please for your own sake stop wasting you time worrying about things that are not in your control and try to enjoy the experience.

Or if you really are bothered perhaps you could volunteer for the weekend and give a little back to the community. That would be a positive way to ease your concerns
  • + 2
 @ROOTminus1: Bin bag in the bottom right of the pic.I was there for a few years until it all got stabby, the area was left pretty tidy really and while it got wild on a night, people tidied up after themselves, it was a well run event.
  • + 3
 This looks amazing, it's just a shame that I'm so far away from it. Hopefully it's still going in a few years, when the little one is old enough to ride a bike, then I can drag the whole family down for the weekend.
  • + 4
 I'll be taking our 18 month old... He'll be ripping round on his balance bike!
  • + 2
 @bigtim: well mines negative 2 months, so maybe a little bit early for me.
  • + 7
 @bigtim: The Spawn Cycles kids zone will be lit and we have coaches on hand for both balance bikes and pedal bikes. All free of charge!
  • + 6
 Can't wait for this. I last went in 1991...
  • + 3
 I raced the 1st ever quad eliminator there back in the 90s. The Malvern Classic represented all that was great about mountain biking. So glad to so it back its been too long!
  • + 2
 the old festivals were such good times. thanks Si for making this happen again

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