Sunday 15th April saw two maroon-clad riders from UoBCC take part in Battle on the Beach, Matthew Skeats and Will Hawkins. Battle on the Beach is a cross country mountain bike race in South Wales and with around 1000 riders of all ages and abilities starting at once, it's certainly a sight to behold! You see all sorts of bikes from XC race machines to fat bikes, 'cross bikes and even tandems...
The first 50 metres of the course is soft sand, so almost everyone runs over this bit onto the hard sand that makes up the main beach. 6km of flat out riding later (usually in a tailwind, Matt was hitting 55 kph watching the leaders soar off) the riders hit a bottleneck at the end of the beach. Those in a good position after this can hit the singletrack trails and fireroads at full speed on the way back to the start until three laps of the beach and roughly 45 km are completed. These trails aren't straightforward however, with lots of loose and sandy sections line choice is crucial to avoid falling off or running.
Matt was the top placed UoBCC rider, finishing in a very respectable 159th overall and 79th in the men's open category. Meanwhile, Will knocked 12 minutes off his time from last year to finish in 399th place. A huge congrats to both riders for a cracking ride!