Plymouth has been chosen to host the 2020 National Cross-Country Championships. British Cycling announced the HSBC UK championships would take place at Plympton’s Newnham Park, which is said to have a long history of hosting mountain bike racing and even staged a world cup round in 1984.

The event is taking place over the weekend of 18 and 19 July, along with the four-day off-road cycling event, Exposure Lights TwentyFour12 Festival, ultimately creating a week-long celebration of mountain biking. Newham Park has long been a classic mountain bike race venues and has hosted the Exposure Lights TwentyFour12 event for the last 15 years.

Event organiser, Matt Williams, said: “We are hugely excited to bring the HSBC UK National Cross-country Championships back to Newnham Park in Plymouth, particularly as 2020 will already be a significant year for the city, as it commemorates 400 years since the sailing of the Mayflower.

The HSBC UK National Cross-country Championships and the Exposure Lights TwentyFour12 Festival will complement a summer of cultural and community Mayflower 400 events and exhibitions in Plymouth, which mark the 400th year of the sailing of the iconic ship from the city to its city in Massachusetts, USA.

“This year, that event falls the weekend after the national championships, and with mountain biking continuing to grow in popularity in the south-west, we are looking forward to hosting a fantastic week of mountain biking and other activities for people to enjoy,” continued Matt Williams.

Full details of the HSBC Cross-Country Series and Championships can be found on the British Cycling website.

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