Now in its eleventh year, the Soggy Bottom series has long been the South West’s favourite race series / social event. Striking just the right balance of fast racing, relaxed atmosphere and beginner accessibility has always been a winning formula and for the 2013/2014 season it will be situation normal…with added extras.
Newnham Park has contained some of the UK’s best mountain bike trials over the past few decades – think back to The Pipeline, Cottage Return, The Mineshaft, and even the new kid on the block: The Bear Pit. Severe deforestation in many parts of the park saw us with our heads in our hands during the spring but now offers a blank canvas for those of us with a trail-building bent.
Expect new trails to emerge – lots of “where the hell are we?” moments and frantic trail-christening ceremonies on Strava. But don’t panic, while our personal riding may lean towards The Bear Pit end of the spectrum, we’ll bottle that up and provide you with Bluebell Woods-like wonders instead.
Expect new sponsors and new partners, but with us, the season’s bang-one trend is always going to be ‘Shabby Chic’.