Bikes hit the trail on University campus

The campus of Plymouth University is the setting for the annual Urban Downhill Charity Cycle Event, with riders coming from across Britain to take part.

Now in its third year, the event takes place on Saturday, September 29 from 12-6pm and riders will be watched by an expected crowd of up to 4,000 people.

Organiser Jon Catney, a University BSc Applied Marine Sports Science graduate, said: “The University campus has always provided an amazing backdrop for this event and this year will be no different. The combination of speed and setting is a winning combination, and the range of other entertainment on the day will only add to the occasion.”

The race this year has some big name sponsors including Animal, Monster, Specialized, Santander, Urban Eat, Juice Lubes, Lucozade and Woodland Riders.

It will start outside the Cultural Cafe, before riders make their way down several flights of steps and around obstacles, finishing outside the Roland Levinsky Building.

It is open to any competitors over the age of 14 and dozens have already signed up, with entries remaining open until a week before the event takes place.

Jon Catney said: “The race was created as a way of getting hardened downhillers mixing with the ‘new kids on the block’ that will be the face of the sport for the coming years. Its popularity among both has been proved by the fact many riders say this race is the best in the season and they always look forward to its return.

“The fact this year’s event coincides with the Freshers’ Fayre means we are anticipating the crowds will be bigger than ever. But it is not just open to students; with live music and other entertainment on the day, as well as the fact it is a free event, it promises to be a great day out for all the family.”

The event will be raising money for Cornish based primate conservation charity Wild Futures.

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