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The Gert Lush: New vintage bike festival launches in Bristol

Joe Robinson
7 Feb 2019

'The Gert Lush' encourages all riders of all levels to join in as long as they leave their carbon bikes at home

There has always been an appetite for vintage, the idea of remembering yesterday, and especially with cycling whether it be through riding an old steel cruiser or pulling on your merino jersey. 

The Gert Lush is the latest event to hark back to the old days with this 'vintage bicycle jamboree' celebrating a time before carbon bikes with a day of riding in the Mendip Hills followed by a host of entertainment. 

For those wondering where the term 'Gert Lush' comes from, it's not the name of a 1970s German centre-half, but Bristolian vernacular for the 'highest form of praise' according to Urban Dictionary.

The Gert Lush looks to encapsulate much of the spirit surrounding L'Eroica just with slightly less strict rules. Instead of stipulating the bike needs to be pre-1987, Gert Lush just asks for bikes to be old and your carbon racers to be left at home.

The festival, taking place on 19th May, will centre around three different rides of varying lengths that tackle the Mendip Hills and surrounding Chew Valley countryside.

The longest ride will be 65 miles, heading south out of Bristol city centre with the day's biggest challenge being Cheddar Gorge. Keeping in line with the old-school feel, all riders will then stop in the Burrington Parish Room for a packed lunch before heading home.

There will also be a 'mobile' feed station en route which organiser Patrick Collerton says will be 'more jammy dodgers than energy gels'. 

There will also be a smaller 'roight lush' 34.1-mile course designed for less-experienced riders still after a taste of the day and then finally a four-mile 'babba lush' fancy dress kids' ride. 

Prices start at a reasonable £27 for the Gert Lush and £25 for the shorter Roight Lush. The short fancy dress ride will be free to enter with more details on all three rides here.

The event also hopes to build upon the Bespoked bicycle show, also in Bristol just two-weeks earlier, that gives some of the world's best independent framebuilders a chance to show off their work by offering them a chance to be involved too. 

Event organiser Steve Page hopes that this new celebration of the vintage bike will continue to promote individuality and environmental awareness. 

'Why spend thousands on a new bike when for a couple of hundred you can get a recycled bike that’ll last just as long?’ said Page.

'We have been inspired by the rise of vintage bike events worldwide and think that Bristol and the South-West deserve an event of their own.'

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