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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



Mud Sweat and Gears 2016

Mud Sweat and Gears 2016

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4th September 2016

The club will again be promoting the Bury St Edmunds round of the Mud Sweat and Gears Mountain Bike racing series at Ickworth park.

Volunteers will be requested as helpers to set up course and marshal on the day.

Contact Helen Ballam (


G8 MTB Series 2016 Final Rounds

Golden Malcolm MacFarlane in Top Finish

Malcolm MacFarlane G8 2016 Grand Vet ChampionCodham Hall Equestrian Centre at Beazely End near Halstead provided a superb venue for the final round of 6 of this season’s G8 Winter  MTB series on Sunday 13th March. In marked contrast to the rain and mud of recent weeks, riders faced up to a sunny and largely dry packed course which whilst relatively short at 2.40 miles still packed a punch.

An open and fast flowing first section including a water splash gave way to a novel hard packed area of BMX style sections which lead directly to a final third of steeply wooded banks and climbs, all clearly displaying the hall marks of MotoCross for which the course is mainly used.

Being the business end of the series, West Suffolk Wheelers & Triathlon Club riders were keenly contesting two podium places. Malcolm MacFarlane put in another trademark effort in the 4 hour Grand Vet category, and a superb display of well-paced enduro racing saw him finish 3rd on the day, enough for 1st position overall in the series’ standing. A gold medal was a fitting reward for Malcolm’s tenacity and grit throughout the series.

Chris Hinitt G8 2016 Open Male BronzeMeanwhile Chris Hinitt, racing in the 2 hour Male Open category and in his first year of racing, finished 9th on the day which guaranteed him a hard earned bronze medal and 3rd overall placing for the series.

The third member of the trio, an off colour Darren Baker, withdrew after 4 laps in the 2 hour Grand Vet race although his efforts still saw him finish 15th in the overall standings.




MSG Hintlesham

When it rains, it gets muddy-and a combination of heavy rain and deep mud forced organisers of the opening round of this season’s Mud Sweat & Gears MTB race at Hintlesham on Sunday 6th March to introduce a shortened, and, so as to ensure rider concentration, a more technical course. Undaunted, 6 Wheelers made the effort with the evergreen Paul Watson matching conditions with a fine 6th (5 laps/1:34:37) in the Grand Vet Male category.

Outstanding club rider of the day was undoubtedly Paul Hanks in his debut race outing for the club. Riding in the Sport Male category, Paul powered around the course for 3rd also completing 5 laps but in a superb 1:28:17.

Junior riders Robin Lines (8th in Juvenile Male with 3 laps/1:32:22) and cyclo  cross specialist Oliver Griggs (10th U12 boy, 4/0:17:24) rode well although in the Open Category conditions got the better of Chris Hinitt (40th; 2/0:58:58)  and Richard Holland Jones (62nd; 1/0:38:00).


Last Updated (Tuesday, 15 March 2016 08:40)

MTB: MSG Round 6 Thetford Forest

 The sixth round of the Mud Sweat and Gears Series  was held at Santon Downham (off Fire Road 24) and despite much recent rainfall the course was pretty dry  and dusty.  Four members were in action  and all recorded  top 10 finishes in the respective races.  Members results: Paul Watson (6th Grand Vet), Ross McKenzie (4th Junior Male), Robin Lines (9th Youth Male) and Rhys Holland-Jones (6th Juvenile Male).

Well done to all.  Next round 7th September, Shouldham Warren, Norfolk.


Last Updated (Sunday, 10 August 2014 05:27)

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Almost perfect weather masked the treacherous conditions under wheel which greeted riders at the 4th round of the Mud Sweat & Gears mountain bike race held at Ickworth Park on Sunday.

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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

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