Soggy Bottom XC Mountain Bike Series, Newnham Park, Plymouth
Round 1: Sunday 11th February 2018
Round 2: Sunday 11th March 2018
The Soggy Bottom Series celebrates it's 15th anniversary in 2018.
About the race
The racing will be held on a 5k (ish) lap with a fun mix of climbs, descents and great singletrack. Newnham Park is hilly, and we always reward your efforts with something fun on the way back down. We know lots of our riders enjoy technical riding too, so we will always aim to include some challenging sections, Wherever there is a gnarly section, there will always be an alternative line.
Under 18s, 10s and 12 race on a smaller circuit all visible from the race car park area. Although shorter, their course will still include plenty of fun and challenging sections.
Who can take part?
Anyone can take part in the event. You do not need to be a member of anything or hold a race licence of any sort. This is a mountain bike event though, so you do need to have had some experience riding off road.
The Soggy Bottom Series has something for everyone, so if you're a beginner, don't be put off by photos of lycra clad racing snakes - there are plenty of weekend warriors having a great time out there too. There's a category for everyone from first timers, to seasoned racers.
How many laps will I do?
Depending on conditions and category, racers will complete between 2-6 laps of the course. Lap numbers for each category will be announced on the day, once we have checked ground conditions. The decision is based on how long a lap takes, and we follow guidance from the National Governing body regarding how long agegroup should race for. See the latest category guidelines below.
What if I get lapped?
In most cases, if you get lapped you just carry on until you have finished your race.
If you decide you want to stop, that's ok too. You will still get a result and all your lap times for the laps you have completed.
For safety reasons, we may decide to stop riders going out to complete their last laps (for example if it is getting dark!). If this happens, you will still get a result and times for all the laps you have completed.
Kernow Forno will be on site providing hot food and drinks.
Spectators are welcome!
Please keep dogs on a lead at all times
Newnham Park is an amazing venue for mountain biking, with basic facilities for before and afterwards. There are flushing loos and running water, a hardstanding car park, and an indoor area for registration.
Start times and entry fees
Registration opens: 0800
Course practice for race 1 and 2: 0830-9000
Course practice for race 3: 0930-1115
During your practice lap please keep away from any sections being used for racing at that time.
We will have a paper copy of results on display before some of you have even finished racing, and they will be available online for you to analyse at some point during the evening after each race.
Newnham is a private working estate and is regularly booked by other users for activities such as horse riding, 4x4 rallys and clay pigeon shooting. Any attempt to gain access to the trails before or after event day, without permission from the landowner, will lead to automatic disqualification.