Brighton had long been overlooked on the MTB circuit, not hosting a race for many long years, until the Gary Fisher G2 Revolver came to town in 2008, attended by the legend himself. Despite the success and great atmosphere this was only ever going to be a one-off event. Determined not to let a good thing go, and despite no previous experience of creating events, a small group of friends, decided to step up to create The Brighton Big Dog in the summer of 2009.
It’s an event which has a growing community feel, that gets to the very core of why people love to ride and race MTBs, creating one of the UK’s best MTB courses with challenging climbs and thrilling descents, it all come to a finish 6 hours later with a finish line beer and a party on the beach afterwards.
Brighton Big Dog has been featured in The Guardian’s Top 5 cycle events, in WhatMTB’s Top 10 Must Ride events, in Bike Magic’s Top 6 events who said “it’s a event every mountain biker should do” and more recently listed in the The World’s Ultimate Cycle Races, with it being one of the very few MTB entries.
It’s a non-profit event with the takings from one year going straight back into helping it run for another year. Offering a warm welcome to everyone, no matter what your ability, from Tour Series star Yanto Barker and Paris Roubaix winner Magnus Backstedt, to people who are dipping their toe in the waters of MTB for the first time. The strength of the Big Dog is that there are no egos. Simply people getting together to enjoying racing bikes and hanging out on a summers day in a glorious setting.
Morvélo and The Big Dog have been growing hand in hand since the beginning, with Oli Pepper being one of the founding members, launching the popular clothing brand with a box of t-shirts at the very first Big Dog.
Filmed and edited by Gavin Peacock.
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