Cycling / Other sport

National mountain bike event returns to Newnham Park


TOP mountain biking returns to Plymouth this month when Newnham Park hosts the second round of the 2016 National Cross Country MTB Series returns.

Newnham successfully hosted a leg of the series last year, which was unanimously voted the round of the season.

This year’s event takes place over weekend of April 22-24.

The action starts with a ‘Beat the Bike’ trail run on the Friday night, where runners see if they can put in a faster lap time than the mountain bikers on the same technically demanding course.

This is followed by a night-time mountain bike race under a full moon, with live music and camping.

Saturday and Sunday is when the National Series event happens, with racing for all ages and all abilities from under-eight to over 65 and from newcomers to Olympians.

Plymouth will be well represented in many categories, including three elite women – Maddie Horton, who recently won the Tavy 13, Lucy Allen and Carla Haines all seeking to use local knowledge to their advantage.

Plymouth’s Pilgrim Flyers, a youth only mountain bike club, will also be flying the green and white flag across the categories.

Event information can be found at HERE and HERE

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