The 2020 HSBC UK | National Cross-Country Championships will take place at Plymouth’s Newnham Park, British Cycling has confirmed. This year’s championships will take place over the weekend of July 18-19.
The venue in South West England has a long history of hosting mountain bike racing, and staged an MTB World Cup round in 1984. Domestic events have been hosted annually since, and this year’s championships will combine with the Exposure Lights TwentyFour12 Festival to create a nine-day long celebration of mountain biking.
Event organiser, Matt Williams, said “We are hugely excited to bring the HSBC UK | National Cross-Country Championships back to Newnham Park in Plymouth, particularly as 2020 will already be a significant year for the city, as it commemorates 400 years since the sailing of the Mayflower.
“Newnham Park has long been a classic mountain bike race venue, and for the last 15 years has hosted the Exposure Lights TwentyFour12 mountain bike endurance event. This year, that event falls the weekend after the national championships, and with mountain biking continuing to grow in popularity in the south west, we are looking forward to hosting a fantastic week of mountain biking and other activities for people to enjoy.”
The HSBC UK | National Cross-Country Championships and the Exposure Lights TwentyFour12 Festival will complement a summer of cultural and community Mayflower 400 events and exhibitions in Plymouth, which mark the 400th year of the sailing of the iconic ship from the city to its namesake in Massachusetts, USA.
The festival, championships and events such as the brand new Little Harbour Children’s Hospice South West Colour Craze 5k, which will take place on the final day of the championships, will aim to create a legacy for the community.