Mountain bike race down Penshaw Hill

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MOUNTAIN-BIKING thrillseekers will be racing down one of Wearside’s most famous beauty spots over Easter weekend.

Bikers from across the region will rock up at Penshaw Hill on Easter Sunday for the second annual Bikefest.

A specially-designed racing track with twists, turns and jumps has been created with a variety of routes and categories to suit riders of all abilities.

Penshaw Bikefest is a joint project organised by Sanctuary Bikes, the National Trust and Sunderland students.

Ian Hughes of Sanctuary Bikes said: “The track is challenging and competitors will have the chance to try it out before their heats.

“Admission is free for spectators who are invited to arrive from 10.30am. Watch practice runs, races starting from the monument, or get a great view of riders tackling jumps, twists and turns along the woodland route.

“Marshals will be on hand to point out the best and safest vantage points.”

Entry for riders is £22.50 and practice sessions will take place from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Times runs begin at 1pm.

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