AN inaugural mountain bike endurance event that was postponed in April due to the wet weather will take place next Saturday (6th June).

The ‘Chevy Chase’ is a six-hour event taking place on a purpose built mountain-bike trail centre at Cheverton Farm near Shorwell.

A circular trail of approximately three miles of downhill and single-track has been constructed by the farm with help from keen cyclists and local bike shop Wight Mountain. It has been built on the trails constructed for the Island Games held on the Isle of Wight last year.

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The six hour enduro event will see cyclists work in teams to complete a ‘Le Mans’ style race late into the evening – beginning at 3pm. The off-road venue will also be used for events throughout the Isle of Wight Cycling Festival, which this year runs from 22 to 30 September.

The centre is based on private farmland, providing cyclists with challenging rider-built jumps and banked corners, weaving through woodland.

The Isle of Wight Council has helped to co-ordinate the project which has also involved the NHS, Cycle Wight, cycling charity CTC, British Cycling and Natural England.

The Isle of Wight Mountain Bike Centre will be a seasonal facility, open between April and October. Cyclists will be asked to pay a subscription to use the track to cover maintenance and development costs, public liability insurance cover, materials and administration costs. Annual permits will cost £20, day permits will be available for just £2, either online or from Wight Mountain’s shop in Newport or the office at Cheverton Farm.

For further information including how to register, people should contact Cheverton Farm on 741034 or Wight Mountain on 520530.

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