Last weekend XC racing returned to Betteshanger Country Park, near Deal in Kent for the first time in two years. A great turnout of 45 riders enjoyed a bone dry 5.7km course and warm weather at the first round last Sunday.

Bettshanger start

Brothers Simon and Martin Dickinson of organisers Cyclebubble Cycle Events have three further events planned in June, July and August with the emphasis firmly on fun and family. These are homemade local events with the winners taking homemade trophies and all riders enjoying post-race flapjacks and smoothie shots. Local shops also donated prizes for a rider number raffle.

Bettshanger trophy

Gary Record took the Round 1 Senior category win ahead of Vets Dean Camier and Derek Wilson, with Danielle Peterswann first Woman home two and a half minutes ahead of Trish Freeman. Richard Mcvoy was fastest Grand Vet and in the younger categories Cameron Harris, Toby Anderton and Luke Hazell were victorious in the Junior, Youth and Juvenile categories respectively.

Bettshanger woods

The next event is on Sunday 12th June with two races being held. First up will be the 15 minute Under 12s race at 9.30am on a shorter two to three minute circuit. Follow next at 10.30am will be the other categories with race duration expected to be just over an hour. Subsequent events are scheduled for July 10th and August 14th.

Bettshanger direction sign

Entry costs are £4 for the Under 12s,  £7 for youth/juvenile £14 for all other categories. Entries are limited to 80 places and online entries are available on the British Cycling website. Entry on the day is also available.

Bettshanger map

More information can be found on social media: Twitter @cyclebubble and Facebook thebubbleadventures

Bettshanger flyer