Last month, the Pivot TwentyFour12 event returned for its 11th year in one of the most storied mountain bike race locations in all of the UK. Newnham Park was the site of early World Cup rounds during the 1990’s, and also saw the birth of 4X racing in the early 00’s as well. Since 2006, Newnham Park has been home to the TwentyFour12 event, which offers competitors the opportunity to take part in a 12-hour or 24-hour race. So what keeps riders coming back year after year?
For this year’s event, Pivot Cycles came on board as the naming sponsor, and helped to support the event by creating a welcoming family atmosphere around the racing. Riders and their families were invited to camp at the event, and with an onsite race village that included live music, demo product and a broad range of food vendors, there was certainly plenty on offer for all who came to enjoy. Singletrack was on hand to cover the event, and you may have already read our race report from earlier in the month.
According to Martyn Salt, the event organiser and race director, it’s the quality of trails that keeps riders coming back year after year, but it’s the village atmosphere that draws in all of the friends and families. Over 2500 people descended on Newnham Park for the 2016 event, making this one of the biggest events on the British mountain biking calendar.
Want to get a feel for the event atmosphere and what the race is all about? Then you can kick back and enjoy this beautifully put-together video from the 2016 Pivot TwentyFour12. Warning: After watching this video, you may be met with an insatiable desire to leave your house and get out for a ride. We cannot be held responsible for the positive effect on your mental health and general wellbeing.