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Trinity Park in Ipswich to host UCI Masters Cyclo-Cross World Championships



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Hundreds of cyclists from across the world will descend onto Suffolk this weekend for the UCI Masters Cyclo-Cross World Championships.

Over 600 competitors from 20 different countries will compete in the two-day event in Trinity Park in Ipswich.

The competitions sees men and women aged over 35, and who no longer ride for an elite professional team, ride multiple laps of a three kilometre circuit featuring woodland trails, pavements and climbs.

The event will take place across two days. Picture: Mecha Morton
The event will take place across two days. Picture: Mecha Morton

Races are divided into five age groups and features former professional riders and Olympians.

It is the latest cyclo-cross event that East Suffolk has hosted, after the UEC European Championships in 20212, as well as multiple national championships and the UCI Women's Tour.

East Suffolk Council’s cabinet member for communities, leisure and tourism, Cllr Letitia Smith, said: "I'm delighted to be able to welcome spectators and participants to the UCI Masters Cyclo-cross World Championships on behalf of East Suffolk Council.

It is the latest cycling event to be hosted in Suffolk. Picture: Mecha Morton
It is the latest cycling event to be hosted in Suffolk. Picture: Mecha Morton

"As a local authority, we have a rich history of supporting major cycling events, which not only draw economy boosting crowds, but hopefully encourage more people to realise the many benefits of taking up cycling."

Organiser Steve Grimwood added: “It is an honour for us to bring UCI Cyclo-Cross Racing back to Suffolk.

“After two years of suspension due to the pandemic, hosting the UCI World Masters Cyclo-Cross gives us a fantastic opportunity to welcome the riders and visitors back to Suffolk.

“The racing is sure to be fast and furious, with riders keen to get their hands on the coveted UCI World Champions jerseys.”

Racing starts at 12.15pm on Friday and 9am on Saturday.