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Mud Sweat and Gears 2016

Mud Sweat and Gears 2016

Sunday 4th September Ickworth House, IP29 5QE
Mud Sweat and Gears 2016
Round 8 of the 2016 Mud Sweat and Gears MTB Cross Country series is held at Ickworth Park on Sunday 4th September, co-hosted by the West Suffolk Wheelers and Triathlon Club. There are races in multiple categories:


10:00 Start
  • Juvenile men - 13 to 14yrs (45mins to 1hr)
  • Youth men - 15 to 16yrs (45mins to 1hr)
  • Open men - 17+yrs (1hr)
  • Juvenile women- 13 to 14yrs (45mins to 1hr)
  • Youth women - 15 to 16yrs (45mins to 1hr)
  • Open women - 17+yrs (1hr)
  • Junior women - 17 to 18yrs 1hr to 1.5hrs
  • Sport women 19 to 39yrs (1.5hrs)
  • Veteran women 40 to 49yrs (1.5hrs)
  • Grand Veteran women 50+yrs (1.5hrs)
  • Elite/Expert women Licence holders (1.5hrs)

12:10 Start

  • Under 12 & Over 9 - 2km

(Under 12's have the option of a pre-race coaching session at 10am)

14:00 Start

  • Junior men - 17 to 18yrs 1hr to 1.5hrs
  • Sport men19 to 39yrs (1.5hrs)
  • Veteran men40 to 49yrs (1.5hrs)
  • Grand Veteran men50+yrs (1.5hrs)
  • Elite/Expert men Licence holders (1.5hrs)

Full details of all races on the MSG website:

Practice & Coaching

Course usually open for practice round 9am - after the commissaire's inspection. A red flag will fly when the course closed and a green flag when open.
There is an event village with bike stands, refreshments etc.
Steve Manser will be coaching at venue on Saturday for a chance to pick up tips and ride the course -  cost approx £20 for whole day. Contact Steve on 07887 543248 for more details or to book. He may do a ladies session if there is sufficient interest.


There is free parking for the event. Enter Ickworth park through the main gates. At the National Trust kiosk let them know you are here for Mud Sweat and Gears; there will be no charge. Go towards National Trust overflow car park and keep going, staying on the road right until the end - The MSG car park is just off to the right and will be well signed, Car parking is in grassed area and is FREE.

Helpers Required

WSW members are encouraged to help in setting up and/or in marshalling the races.
Saturday from 9am to help set up course -stake & tape and arena.
Sunday  from 9am to marshal course all or part of day and clear up, we are usually done by 6pm and have reputation of being best course clearers!!
Everyone is very friendly and helpful. Good spectator sport too - plenty of action at well run event


About the West Suffolk Wheelers
  • The West Suffolk Wheelers cycling club was formed in 1922 and is based in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. We have a good cross-section of cycling on offer to welcome new and experienced cyclists alike. If you wish to learn bike handling skills for on and/or off-road cycling our members have the knowledge and experience to teach you. The Club is proud of it's development work with young people, and we have coaches to guide new cyclists in their training. We are active in all areas of cycling including: Road Racing, Time Trials, Track Racing, Club Runs,Touring, Audax, Sportive, Mountain Biking and Cyclo-cross. Members also compete in triathlon competitions; the Club is recently affiliated to Triathlon England, and new triathlete members are welcomed

    More information about WSW & Tri,contact us and where to find us.