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Bontrager TwentyFour12 enters its 9th year

Bontrager TwentyFour12 is back bigger and better than ever in 2014 to celebrate its ninth year.

The event returns to Newnham Park near Plymouth on July 26th-27th offering the same heady mix of world class trails, relaxed atmosphere and great entertainment that has made it such a major part of the UK MTB scene for the past nine years.

As ever, there is a range of race categories to choose from depending on your age and how long you or your team wants to ride for. There are two 12-hour options - one that starts at midday and the Torchbearer that starts at midnight - and the marathon 24-hour race to choose from. Within each race there is a choice of solo or team entry as well as the 'Just for Fun' relay option for teams of 6-10 people. However, at time of writing, the Solo 12 hour category (midday start) is sold out and the organisers have advised to register quickly for other categories to avoid disappointment.

For 2014, the prize pot has been topped up to offer Solo 24 hour prize money of £2000 so expect the competitive racers to be pushing hard on the demanding Newnham Park course. However, whilst Bontrager TwentyFour12 is most definitely a race, don't let that panic you if your style of riding is more relaxed than the average racer.

The essence of this event is pure fun and enjoying the ride in the beautiful Devon countryside with great company.

Exposure will be offering free light charging for those riding through the night and Revolution Sports Massage will be on hand to give all riders a free post ride massage. Dartmoor Brewery will also be on hand to happily supply a free beer to all event finishers to enjoy. As you get refreshed, so will your bike as Juice Lubes will be offering free bike washes across the weekend. Cycle Surgery will also be in attendance to provide mechanic support and Pivot will be there with their demo fleet. CLIF bar are the nutrition sponsors and all entrants will receive a free bar at registration.

The little ones can also get involved in the action with 24 and 12 minute races taking place for the next generation of mountain bike riders to enjoy.

Away from the riding, Bontrager TwentyFour12 is the ideal weekend away for the whole family to come and support the rider in their midst with live music and midnight jazz in the Bontrager Yurt keeping everyone entertained. Newnham Park is also a safe and enclosed environment for children to play and ride their bikes.

Camping is available on site and is included in the entry price for up to four nights.
More information and links to registration can be found at www.twentyfour12.com