Starting on Monday 21st May Barnesbury CC are organising the first weekly MTB league to be held in SE Northumberland with the help of Bernicia Housing Association and Start Cycles. The league which will run for 10 consecutive weeks will include races for youths as well as senior riders. Racing will start at 6.30pm (youths) and 7.30pm (approx) for senior riders at Gallagher Park, Bedlington (closest post code NE22 7LA) – access is adjacent a detached house opposite Tesco car park.
Youth riders will take part in a skills test, an off road time trial and a mass start MTB race each week. Points will be awarded for each event in each age category. Riders accruing the most points over the 10 weeks will win the overall league. A prize presentation will take place after the league to award the prizes. All those riders who have taken place in six or more events will qualify for a cash prize.
To enter please turn up on the night, youths need a working mountain bike, a helmet and parental consent (parents must attend the registration process each week). Cost for youths is ONLY £4 per race, registration is at 6.00pm.
The senior sprint league will start at 7.30pm (or after the youths have finished). The weekly race will last for 40 minutes based on a short lap of around 2km around the pit heap area. Cost is £6 per race. Registration closes at 7.15pm. Riders must compete on a recognisable mountain bike. No cross bikes allowed.
Categories will include u6, u8, u10, u12, u14, u16, junior, senior and women. Each category winner thanks to our sponsors – Bernicia Housing Association, Start Cycles and just announced Friends of Gallagher Park will receive a prize. All riders riding more than 6 events will qualify for a cash dividend.
The Muddy Monday MTB League is also supported by British Cycling who are keen to develop mountain biking in the north east. Stephen McIntosh league organiser said “The league is designed to enable anyone to take part from those new to cycling to those who have experienced top level racing”. I want to take forward our clubs vision of developing YOUR cycling potential, this league with the fantastic support from our supporters will complement our weekly Saturday off road coaching initiative and the programme of activity we have developed over many years in other branches of cycle sport to provide riders the opportunity and support to have a go at all branches of cycle sport”.
Results can be found here