Don't miss the Cycle show of the year, taking place at Earls Court London from 9-12 October.

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Here's some of the highlights:

Mountainbike Test Track: The great out doors, indoors

Since its introduction in 2005 the mountainbike test track has been one

of the most popular features of Cycle each year, attracting hundreds to

take a sneak preview of what they'll be wanting to hit the trails with

the following year. Having moved indoors in 2006 for the first time,

this years Mountainbike Test Track returns bigger than ever and for the

first time this year will feature it's very own Swiss mountain!

Also returning for 2008 are Volvo who were a sponsor of the track in

2007 and who will again be offering everyone who visits the test track

the opportunity to win prizes, book a test drive or just check out some

of the cars in the Volvo which are perfect for all the needs of your

average dirt lover.

New sponsor on the block for the 2008 test track is Tyrol, which is

where the Swiss mountain comes into the picture. Whether its receding

glaciers and global warming or just a general realization that

mountainbikers make the place look nice, Tyrol are after your euros and

want you to come and check out their mountains, so they're building a

little one in Earls Court, and if you like what you see, they'll tell

you where to go!

Sponsorship aside (and we're really grateful to Volvo & Tyrol, who are

paying for our fun after all!) it's the bikes that really get us

interested where the test track is concerned and once again there are

some stunning bits of kit on offer this year.

Shimano Saint Groupset

Introduced recently the Shimano Saint groupset is the set up for

free-ride fans and anyone who is looking for a robust bullet proof

transmission for their bike. Whilst a few items are in the shops already

this will be an early opportunity to see the equipment in its entirety.

Entertainment galore:

The new Cycle 08 Arena brings together the trials feature and the

fashion stage from previous shows to create a single entertainment area

that will be the hub of activity at the show. The creation of this

multipurpose arena has enabled the addition of BMX demonstrations to the

impressive show line-up. The riders who will be wowing the public

throughout the show are:

Martyn Ashton

Ryan Elcock

Bob Manchester

Matt Priest

Chris Smith

Scott the Punk

Additionally, the Cycle Arena will feature appearances by members of the

Atherton family and World Championship winner Gee's Custom Commencal

bike.

Strong Bike Brand Line-up

As always at Cycle there is a fantastic line-up of bike brands at the

show, this year Canondale will make their first appearance at Earls

Court whilst Scott, Specialized, GT, Mongoose, BMC, and Felt alone would

make this a great value for money day out for any off-road aficionado.

Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize

One of the great reasons for visiting Cycle each year is the array of

brands and the range and depth of product you get to see under one roof.

It's rare to find a shop that has the space to carry all the products

that the individual brands are exhibiting at the show, making this a

great opportunity to really immerse yourself in some fantastic product.

This years brand line-up once again impresses with the list of apparel

brands including the new range from Mavic, the latest product from Gore

and Endura and also some rare opportunities to see brands such as Ground

Effect from New Zealand who are travelling to exhibit at the show.

On the componentry front Hope, Shimano, Magura and USE are just a few of

the names that will once again bring their latest and best to the show.

At this time of the year it's always exciting to see just how much

brightness and battery life the likes of USE and Hope have managed to

cram into their latest models as they literally light up the show.

At a time of year when the dark nights have come and armchair cycling

and fantasy bike building are the order of the day, Cycle 08 is a great

place to catch up with old friends, see some of the stars of the sport

and plan for next year in the company of some of the best brands in the

sport.