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New facility set for its debut event

Joint-organiser Jeremy Gredley has promised fans of mountain biking they will be in for a rare treat when the second round of this year’s Mud Sweat and Gears takes place at the new Phoenix Bike Park in Kentford this weekend, writes Liam Apicella.

The course, which was created after the Phoenix Cycleworks owner acquired the land between the A14 and the train track last year, will offer those a different perspective to the norm.

Other hosts courses tend to be based in forests, with riders disappearing between the trees — limiting how much action the patrons see.

In contrast,Gredley’s fresh facility, which boasts a gravel pit for steep drops, is more open in a bid to make it a greater spectacle for the public.

“Other courses are great, but once they head into the woods, you see very little,” he said.

“This is a short, sharp and intensive course that is around 3.5km long.

“There is much more access for spectators, who will get to see some steep drops which are a rarity in this part of the world.”

The Saturday will focus on youngsters, with 12 to 16-year-olds put through their paces in training sessions.

That is followed on Sunday by numerous competitive races, the first of which gets underway at 10am.

For more information see: https://www.facebook.com/phoenixcycleworks.co.uk

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