June 18th Round 5

This will now be held at Phoenix bike park Kentford.

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Helen BallamVery happy to comm there. We have a club event that weekend, but family members are happy to help set up on sat if needed.

2 days ago
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Bradley HurrLooking forward to having another pop at this course. Shame it's not home turf but an awesome place nonetheless.

2 days ago
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Jason FowlerRight on my doorstep; perfect! 👍

2 days ago
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Andy TaylorGreat news!! Looking forward to it👍👍

18 hours ago
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Matt EllisYay closer for the guys who really live in the east 😉

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Stewart ElderkinAwesome! Interesting course and much nearer for me.

2 days ago
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Rob HuntMore jumps!!

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Chris SloanStuart Terry Alex Davis can you make ot this weekend?

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Re Round 5 Hadleigh Park June 18th

In line with our earlier promise to keep our customers informed, it is with considerable sadness that we have to advise that we are currently unable to find an acceptable solution to the cattle grazing issue at Hadleigh and therefore we have today informed Active Essex that we will be cancelling our booking of the venue for June 18th.

Currently, we have two alternatives that we are looking at, firstly Jeremy at Phoenix Bike Park has immediately and extremely kindly offered us the use of his land for a second go. This is a very attractive proposition, as we know that people really enjoyed the event there this year. There have been substantial changes made since we raced there, so it won't just be more of the same....perhaps more accurately, it would be EVEN MORE of the same!!

We are also in discussion with a completely new venue that we have been in talks with, with a view to the 2018 season. Not sure how this will pan out at the moment, but be advised that barring Acts of God etc etc June 18th Round 5 will definitely not be at Hadleigh now.

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Alfie CunniffeWill Hadleigh still be a round later on in the series or not?

6 days ago

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Michael MillhamWhat's the stance on refunds for people that have already entered? Not entirely sure I can make it to another venue that weekend

6 days ago

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Leela HuckstepIs Ickworth an option? Corey loved Phoenix bike park anyhow, do you think you are likely to stick with the same date in June?

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Amelia LebentzPhoenix was great! 👍🏼

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Graham ElliottI think if you were able to get a view inside the whole picture you would see it differently. Actually the powers that be have moved mountains to make Hadleigh happen. It was an incredibly difficult thing to achieve and you should appreciate that it is also very much work in progress. Hiccups will happen, but we all need to seek positives and forward momentum to keep it happening. This is a bump in a long road, not a dead end or the end of a journey

3 days ago
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Carl HarperBloody cows! I just don't get how those in charge at Hadleigh Park think mountain biking is an inconvenience even though it's the only Olympic course open to the public. They'd rather protect their lake. Let's make the cows into burgers! Problem solved. Thanks MSG team for always putting on first class events and working in very frustrating situations

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David LoweThat's a huge pity for the younger ones, as it was probably the best/most technical one for the under 9's. The only one with bigger drops which William loved. He will be disappointed.

5 days ago

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Paul CoulsonKnowing how professional MSG Sport Ltd is, I'm sure you have exhausted all possibilities of making the event happen. But just in case HTMBC can help in any way, we are here should you need us.

6 days ago   ·  4
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Jimmy PiperWell this is disappointing. I guess I'll have to keep racing for another year now so that I can have one more go around my favourite course, assuming it's in next years race calendar ?

5 days ago   ·  1
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Sam PhillipsWhat a shame. There is something intrinsically wrong when the country's only Olympic MTB course cannot be used for racing. Not exactly "inspiring a generation". Thanks to MSG for all your efforts and perseverance with a great race series.

3 days ago
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Shelton PellCant see what the problem is, after all you do have a Quad bike! how difficult can it be to round up a few heffers and pen them?

6 days ago

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Chris HydeThis is a massive shame and we will seriously miss the event.

6 days ago   ·  5
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Mel BatesWill miss your lovely faces Matt and Graham but appreciate your position.

6 days ago   ·  2
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Carl PorterCows strike again, gutted we can't race at our home venue.

6 days ago   ·  1
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Nick SalterWould be great to give Phoenix another go, especially with the new features...

5 days ago   ·  1
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Keith AndersonMore sensible to use an udder venue..!

6 days ago   ·  3
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Neil CookeI'm up for phoenix even though I hav'nt been there yet! But the reviews are sounding great!

6 days ago
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Steve Duffy😥

6 days ago
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Keith ClarkePhoenix bike park.excellent venue.

6 days ago   ·  1
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Francesca RustPhoenix!!!!

5 days ago   ·  2
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Mathew EleyPhoenix 🙏🏻

6 days ago   ·  2
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Emma TaylorGo back to Phoenix!!! I looooved it there 😊😍 when will the decision be made as to which venue? Can you disclose the other venue? Just want to know before i enter as would like to know if i can travel there in time etc..thank yoooou

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Jodie ColePhoenix gets my vote 👍👍

6 days ago   ·  1
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Paul LewisPhoenix looks good to me, as I missed it last time...

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Important Announcement Re Round 5 June 18th

It appears that the Hadleigh herd, are back grazing on the Park. For us this is a major issue on several fronts. Firstly, cattle are not necessarily the benign ruminants of mythogly. They are in fact responsible for many deaths in the countryside annually, Secondly, they are not traffic aware and do have the habit of simply wandering into places we would rather they not be, like the bottom of descents and so forth. See photo from last year as the herd ambled across the exit line from final descent. However, most significantly, they feed on grass, which has a very low nutritional value. Accordingly they chew up a great deal of it to get what such a large animal needs to survive. Inevitably this leads to an associated problem of a very high volume of indigestible matter coming out the other end. Again see photo taken immediately prior to last years CX race, which gives an idea of the scale of the issue.
Sadly poo is not compatible with bike racing, and we have a duty of care to those who enter our races. This may seem to some like an over reaction, but in fact public health issues related to animal feces are a very serious matter, and not one we are willing to ignore.

We totally understand and appreciate the mixed usage issues practically and politically that Hadleigh Park have to deal with, and for that reason we are trying hard to find workable solutions so that we can continue to enjoy this amazing world class facility. However, as responsible people, we are also working on contingency plans in case we cannot and have to cancel the use of this venue.

We are very conscious of the inconvenience and problems that this may cause, which is why we are pasting this warning within 24 hours of first becoming aware of the problem. We will continue to keep you posted as matters develop. Whatever happens we fully intend to hold an MSG event on this date somewhere in the region, and already have advanced plans for an alternative should that be necessary.
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Important Announcement Re Round 5 June 18th

It appears that the Hadleigh herd, are back grazing on the Park. For us this is a major issue on several fronts. Firstly, cattle are not necessarily the benign ruminants of mythogly. They are in fact responsible for many deaths in the countryside annually, Secondly, they are not traffic aware and do have the habit of simply wandering into places we would rather they not be, like the bottom of descents and so forth. See photo from last year as the herd ambled across the exit line from final descent. However, most significantly, they feed on grass, which has a very low nutritional value. Accordingly they chew up a great deal of it to get what such a large animal needs to survive. Inevitably this leads to an associated problem of a very high volume of indigestible matter coming out the other end. Again see photo taken immediately prior to last years CX race, which gives an idea of the scale of the issue.
Sadly poo is not compatible with bike racing, and we have a duty of care to those who enter our races. This may seem to some like an over reaction, but in fact public health issues related to animal feces are a very serious matter, and not one we are willing to ignore.

We totally understand and appreciate the mixed usage issues practically and politically that Hadleigh Park have to deal with, and for that reason we are trying hard to find workable solutions so that we can continue to enjoy this amazing world class facility. However, as responsible people, we are also working on contingency plans in case we cannot and have to cancel the use of this venue. 

We are very conscious of the inconvenience and problems that this may cause, which is why we are pasting this warning within 24 hours of first becoming aware of the problem. We will continue to keep you posted as matters develop. Whatever happens we fully intend to hold an MSG event on this date somewhere in the region, and already have advanced plans for an alternative should that be necessary.

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Matt EllisMint sauce (is that character even around now or am I showing my age)

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Jason FowlerWhat tyres work best on cow-pats.?

6 days ago

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Christopher EnglishI hope this is some kind of moostake.....

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Jason PaintonBolox was looking forward to making the trip 🐮burger any1 😂

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Freddy CasallasWhat is the Point of a park for cycling if it is not possible to use it? Bikes or animals but can not be both

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Russ WelchWe raced there last night with shepherds in place!

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Steve HanksDoumilan's been riding at Hadleigh?

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Malcolm FreundCows are fields bikes are for roads

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Christine RethmanGutted

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Peter PhillipsFFS

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Well that was the Regional Champs. A big well done to everyone who competed, and a big thank you to Andrew Riley and the Walden Velo crew ... (Newdales) for all your work and support to put this event on... I think it fair to say that Andrew's course building does qualify him for the Captain Insaneo title. As always refreshing and without doubt challenging, which is as it should be with as many BC points on offer as any other two races put together.

Personal Highlights
1) Andy Sampson up on his two pins and on the mend
2) Sterling work by our medics who were brilliant
3) Steve's Input whilst still not feeling totally chipper
4) Balance bike racing
5) Watching folk who started off with us on our coached sessions smashing it as young adults
6) Working with our amazing Comms team who are also smashing it nationally on a regular and routine basis
7) Smiling faces

Thank you all for your ongoing support and friendship

PS: 8) Smooth starts...... (which out of interest were facilitated by the growing relationship with the military guys, which could also be seen by the flying of the Red Flags which they did for us to keep the dog walkers at bay for the day....... mind you you should have seen Matt's face when Andrew told him that the reason for them was that the base had been put on full alert and that we would have to cancel..... a picture doesn't really do it justice)
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Jodie ColeReally enjoyed the course yesterday - big thumbs up to all 🙂

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Richard MillerThanks for everyone's help when I came off especially the medics and the guy and lady who looked after me while I was on the floor. Sorry for closing down the A line I hope everyone didn't have their lap times affected too much. Despite landing on my head and I seem to have come off very well. Sorry for scaring everyone watching but I think what I could feel compressing was the helmet and not my neck. Thanks for an excellent day

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Rachel HighamCan we order smaller bees next time please lol this one took out lauren and lots of damage to her and the bike lol Thank you to the lady who stopped to check she was okay.

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Cristina O'DellFantastic job organising the balance bike race again. Our 4 year old Batman boy knows now that if he waits patiently for his big sister to finish her race, it will be his turn to race and he loves every second! Your effort is highly appreciated! Thank you.

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Steve SaundersThought it was a great course with something for everyone, well run as usual, big thanks to all the marshals & paramedics, hope everyone who made use of the paramedics are feeling a whole ĺot better today, same can't be said for the tyres & tubes that met unfortunate ends, finally a big thumbs up to the MSG team

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Christopher EnglishThe balance bike racing is great. It's brilliant to be able to involve my son in racing and having a day out like daddy

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Adam WhiteMany thanks (not from my tired arms and shoulders) but generally all other parts for a great course and great organisation - highlighted the need for a pre ride and more practice on my part - to that tune - when will the course for hadleigh be known so I can get practising!? 🙂

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Ina De SmetPersonal thank you again to Steve Manser for continuing to coach and inspire the Under 9s.

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Will GellReally good course and massively enjoyable race, thanks guys 👊🏻

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David WebsterAnother great day of racing thanks to everyone involved in organising it.

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Adrian HoyleFantastic days racing as ever..well done team 😀

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Andrew RileyA pleasure to work with all yesterday !

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Matt EllisGreat job again - heads still spinning from all those turns though

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Leon GoodwinGreat day as always, so well organised,i don't think Beth has taken her 🥇 off yet lol Thanks 👍🏻

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Chris HarleyWell done 👍

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Murray SpencerExcellent event, thank you again!

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Mud Sweat and Gears - Eastern XC SeriesThe usual great work there Basil, thank you for your efforts.

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Basil ThorntonAnother great race from Jimmy Piper ! Well done! www.basilthorntonphotography.com/4n6a7039

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We are dressed to impress for the Regional Champs tomorrow at Carver Barracks...hope you all will be to!

Remember the A12 is closed between jnc 23-24 northbound, and jnc 25-24 southbound.

Entry on the day is available for those who haven't pre-entred.
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We are dressed to impress for the Regional Champs tomorrow at Carver Barracks...hope you all will be to! 

Remember the A12 is closed between jnc 23-24 northbound, and jnc 25-24 southbound.

Entry on the day is available for those who havent pre-entred.

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Murray SpencerReally looking forward to it.

1 week ago

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Yvonne PenfoldDrove a 3 hour round trip to this event, did the test ride, a course not set up for the masses, too technically difficult for many of us. Not worth the risk of injury so many did not particate in this agility event. A mainly single track technical route with very little places to pass. very disappointed since the last event was excellent.

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Mick CurtisNot sure that you needed to include the mean and moody sky for dramatic effect? I would have prefered a blue sky with the occasional fluffy white cloud.

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Paul CoulsonHTMBC will be sporting the new colour scheme this weekend. So we is gonna be looking super cool

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Mick CurtisIncidentally, how many laps in the Girls' Juvenile race and the Men's Open?

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Bradley Hurrlooking forward to it, especially after missing the last round. roll on tomorrow

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Mick CurtisGuys, Great course as usual. Really creative use of the mounds finding new lines.

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Joe RackhamWhy do I have to be broken 🙁 I love this course!

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Garry HoughtonSteve Woods you will love it.

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Graham ElliottWe like mean and moody it's the signature G look...... we had blue and fluffy and I saw it off.... its not a flipping road race after all

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Pre-event info email has been sent out to all riders who have entered online for this weekend at Carver, all time record entry so looking good for some great racing!!

Those of you who want to race and have missed the online entry can enter on the day with all the event info found here www.mudsweatgears.co.uk/venues/
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Pre-event info email has been sent out to all riders who have entered online for this weekend at Carver, all time record entry so looking good for some great racing!! 

Those of you who want to race and have missed the online entry can enter on the day with all the event info found here http://www.mudsweatgears.co.uk/venues/

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Paul FisherNote a12 is closed this weekend at Kelvedon so may need more time. Not worked out my route yet!

2 weeks ago   ·  1
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Stephanie Wilson😬

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Alan GardnerOmg Jordan 'JJ' Jackson 😂👍

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