New mountain-bike race to launch in Cheddar Gorge

PUBLISHED: 15:00 26 August 2017

Visitor on the cycle trail.

Visitor on the cycle trail.

©National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

A new mountain-bike challenge will take place in Cheddar next month.

The new event, Mendip Murmuration, will launch at the South West Outdoor Festival on September 9.

The Mendip trails are well known to local riders and have attracted some of the best bikers in the country.

Hundreds of cyclists gathered annually to complete the Cheddar Challenge, in the mid 1980s to 2005.

Next month the new mixed-terrain cross country course will launch with mountain bickers starting from Black Rock and completing a 32km or 48km ride.

The race will take riders through the Mendip Hills, across Black Down and into Rowberrow Warren.

Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty unit manager Jim Hardcastle said: “The Mendip Hills are renowned as a tough but beautiful place to ride and the route will take you across some of our most iconic landscapes.

“The tough climbs and technical descents are always rewarded with amazing views and characterful areas.”

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