The 2008 Bontrager Twentyfour12 will take place at the legendary Newnham Park over the weekend of July 26-27.
According to Twentyfour12 technical director Keith Bontrager, the race venue is ideal, with plenty of singletrack for a technical challenge.
“We’ve been searching everywhere on the island for the best race course and venue and when the Cobbold family said Newnham was available we jumped at the chance,” Bontrager said. “It’s race history and setting is unrivalled and the journey to Plymouth will definitely be one worth making.”
Newnham Park was host to five rounds of the Cross Country World Cup in the 1990s and offers one of the most varied and enjoyable race courses in the country. It’s a 1500 acre privately owned estate, and event organizers say they have run of the place for the weekend. For those familiar with the venue, organizers have promised not to include the Pipeline or Mineshaft descents in the ’08 Twentyfour12 course, but will have all the fun singletrack that Newnham is known for, with rocky climbs for good wet-weather racing.
The campsite will be open from Thursday til Monday, so entrants are encouraged to plan a little holiday in Devon. The venue is 10 minutes from the historic Plymouth Hoe and 20 minutes from the cracking array of South Hams beaches, including the surf spots of Bantham and Bigbury.
Event organizers have decided running two races in one wasn’t enough so for 2008 there’ll be three, with a brand new race called the Torchbearer12, beginning at midnight just as the ‘normal’ 12 hour is finishing. This will help add some new interest to the course and provide a unique opportunity to start a race at midnight. The 24-hour team race will be open to teams of four or five at the same price and a vets category will be added to the 12-hour solo.
In 2007 all solo categories and some pairs were sold out, so get your entries in early if you plan to take part. Online entry is available from December 1, with the first 300 entrants receiving a special Bontrager momento.
Entry and more details are available at www.twentyfour12.com.
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