MOUNTAIN bikers of all shapes and sizes will descend on Hinchingbrooke Country Park on Sunday when St Ives Cycling Club promote a day of mountain biking.

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MOUNTAIN bikers of all shapes, sizes, ages and abilities will descend on Hinchingbrooke Country Park, Huntingdon, on Sunday when St Ives Cycling Club promote a day of mountain biking.

Working with the sport’s national body British Cycling, the club is hoping to raise participation in the sport with a day of fun races aimed at getting people back on their bikes.

The main race gets under way at 1pm, with competition for the £100 first prize set to be fierce at the front. Down the field, the mood will be more relaxed with many riders trying the sport for the first time.

With the emphasis on having fun, the day begins with two “Go Ride” events for under-eights and under-14s around the grassy circuit. The races will be led by a British Cycling coach, and competitors should arrive by 9.45am.

The under-16 riders get the chance to race the full 3.6-mile course, combining fast-flowing single-track and twisting rooted sections, broken up by hardpack sectors. A separate race for women and veterans begins at 11.45am.

The club already organises many road-racing events, but is hoping the mountain-biking day at Hinchingbrooke will be a chance for anyone, regardless of ability, to turn up and give the sport a go.

INFORMATION: Riders should have their own bikes and helmets. More details are available by ­visiting www.stives-cc.co.uk