Crowds flock to rally’s 25th anniversary event

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by Sam Murley

THOUSANDS of cyclists and spectators descended on Mildenhall to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Mildenhall Rally over the August bank holiday weekend.

Despite patches of poor weather, over 4,000 people enjoyed an action packed three day mixed programme of fun and serious racing as some of the UK’s best grass-track riders show cased their talents in a number of races.

The biggest winner of the weekend was Richard Meadows as he won the British Cycling National 8km Championship, as well as the event’s commemorative Mildenhall 25-lap Grand Prix race, collecting over £250 prize money in the process.

Other successful events on show were the Children’s Go-Ride skill Tests, Duathlon and Madison & Cyclo-Cross with 75 under 16s and 73 seniors involved in different races.

Max Pendleton, an organiser of the event, spoke about the enjoyed success over the extended weekend.

He said: “The event went brilliantly. We had some incredible racing with loads of children and seniors getting involved.

“We had huge numbers involved and we were massively over subscribed in some sections of our racing programme.

“Thankfully despite the poor weather at times, it didn’t stop thousands of people turning up to get involved with the Rally and get really into the racing that was taking place.

“Everytime I walked around the event and campsite there were people cycling in every direction and exploring the town, stopping off in local businesses.

“The event just gets bigger every year and we are seeing big crowd participation and fun being had by all.”