King’s Lynn Cycling Club came up with a testing course for their first mountain bike cross country event at Shouldham Warren.

The Christmas Bash offered a unique terrain for Norfolk with short sharp hills proving difficult to climb, with fast descents offering a challenging course for the 36 riders who took part, including 11 club members.

Many of the riders were in the Christmas spirit with some colourful decorations and attire.

The race was over three laps, totalling about 16 miles, and the vast majority of the riders finished.

The winners took the lead from the first lap and Chris Hunter and Lee Woodcock, both representing Team EHF, showed top form for the time of the year.

Third was Ben Houghton.

The event gave the club the opportunity to present trophies to those riders who had been unable to attend the annual presentation dinner.

A new trophy The KLCC MTB Challenge Shield was won by Jorge Viera. This was awarded for the MTB time trials, held at Shouldham Warren throughout the summer.

The Bert Sizen trophy, for the most meritorious ride as voted by club members (not necessarily a winning ride) was won by Russell Rout for his outstanding third place in the Thetford Dusk til Dawn 12 hour solo MTB race in October.

Revel Outdoors cycle shop from Bury St Edmunds donated some spot prizes, raising the club’s profile, being associated with a prestigious performance cycle shop.

Dates for the summer racing season will be set soon but the next event will be on March 9 when the club will be working  with Sara Flatt and the 5by3 series.

“This will be another great learning curve for us to host more MTB racing with the guidance of British Cycling officials,” said club press officer Rebekah Smith.

She also thanked everyone who had helped with the Shouldham event, including those who maintained and helped with the setting out of the course and the marshals.

“We must not forget the generously donated cakes and those serving the refreshments and a memorable day was completed by the photographers who attended,” she added.

Four officials from British Cycling were at Shouldham Warren to give help and offer guidance to the cycling club for their first event of this type.


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