Gorge to host skateboard spectacular?

THE first gravity skateboard event in Cheddar could soon be held on the road running through the gorge. Members of the UK

THE first gravity skateboard event in Cheddar could soon be held on the road running through the gorge. Members of the UK Gravity Sports Association (UKGSA) are contacting village traders and the local councils to see if they could organise an event. UKGSA spokesman Joel King said: "The road would be an ideal location for an event as it is really smooth and has lots of exciting turns. "Basically, skaters would race from the top of the gorge to the bottom. Sometimes racers can reach speeds of about 50mph. It's a great spectator sport and we think it would bring a lot of people into the village."Every safety aspect would be covered. We would shut off the road to cars, place bales of hay along the route in case anyone has an accident, have marshals dotted around and we would mark off special areas for spectators."It would obviously be a lot of work and take a lot of organising but if we managed it we think it would be a really popular event."Skater Andy Wright, aged 39, said: "When the road was shut in November for work on the cliffs we tried a few runs. We cleared the road of rocks first to make sure it was safe, so I even did my bit for the council. "If an event was held in Cheddar it could pull in professional skaters from all over the world. These events can pull in tens of thousands of spectators and would really put Cheddar on the map." UKGSA helps to organise events across the country for soapbox, skateboard and BMX racers. Skateboarders can ride stood up or laid down flat, travelling feet first down the course. Joel added: "We now need to start applying to the authorities. It seems like we have the backing of local people and I know the competitors would be thrilled to run on such a great road." For more details about gravity sport events visit www.ukgsa.org


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