Location: Riverside Middle School, Warmi Way, Mildenhall
Event: 26-27 August 2012
Mildenhall Cycling Club are now taking camping bookings for their nationally acclaimed Mildenhall Cycling Rally.
The cycling festival will, as usual, take place over the August Bank Holiday weekend (Saturday 25 - Monday 27 August 2012) at Riverside Middle School, whose playing fields become a temporary campsite for around 400 caravan and camping pitches.
Such is the popularity of this event, the organisers have long rented part of the adjoining farmers’ field and even with this additional space the campsite fills up weeks before the rally. "We would encourage anyone wanting to stay at the rally to book early to avoid any disappointment," said Mark Burchett, on behalf of the organisers.
As well being able to download the booking forms from www.mildenhallrally.org.uk the site also provides online booking facilities making the whole process much easier. For those that prefer a bit more comfort, the Mildenhall Club will once again be providing a list of local B&B’s, guest-houses and hotels.
The rally isn’t expected to see any major changes to the tried and tested line-up of events over the three days, but as Mark Burchett explained: "We are planning to celebrate the fact that the Olympics are being held in London, something that’s very unlikely to be repeated within most of our lifetimes." Now in its 26th year, the 2012 Mildenhall Cycling Rally will be held between the Olympics and the Paralympics.
"We also hope by the rally we will have another reason to be celebrating the Olympics. One of our (former) members, Victoria Pendleton, is a strong contender for the gold medal in the woman’s sprint, as well as in the women’s team sprint and the keirin. She was an active member of our club as she was growing up and in recognition of her international achievements she became our first Honorary Golden Member in 2008."
The grass-track will as ever form the centrepiece of the rally, with a full supporting list of grass-track events everyday from 12 noon. The highlight of these will be the National 8km Championship. Other competitive events will include a madison cyclo-cross. For the under 17’s there will be the ever-popular children’s duathlon and for the under 16’s the Go-Ride skilful riding.
There will be a two-day trade show (Sunday and Monday) open to the public. Other attractions will include the ever-popular cycle jumble and quiz nights. Like the camping, booking for the jumble sells out before the event and can be made online.
Full details of everything happening at the rally can be found at www.mildenhallrally.org.uk.