Broadway House, promoters of the Cheddar Challenge MTB event and managers of "the UK's finest race venue", has announced a packed line-up of event for 2003, including the 15th annual outing for the Cheddar Challenge, plus the European BMX Championships, the British BMX Championships and round one of the National Points Series

Cheddar takes a bigger slice of MTB and BMX action

Here’s details from a cheesy press release:

Hell of the West Enduro – 26th – 27th April

The Hell of the West returns with its popular mix of enduro racing & night time trials, which proved so popular both at this year’s event & at the Cheddar Challenge. The Hell of the West offers riders the chance to compete either in teams or solo, over a two day competition, featuring two enduros & a night time trial. Both enduros will take competitors out over some of the most challenging terrain the Mendips has to offer, including many of the most popular features of the infamous Cheddar Challenge courses. One of the best features of the ‘Hell of the West’ is that it includes many elements more normally found in cross country races, such as challenging descents & technical singletrack, ensuring riders have the best possible time. As always, the full hospitality of the holiday park will be extended to riders and their families. Entries are expected to go fast, so riders are advised to contact Broadway House on 01934 742610 as soon as possible.

National Points Series 4X Round 1 & BMX Open – 10th – 11th May

Bikercross racing returns to Cheddar with round one of the National 4X series. Making use of the brand new international BMX track, racing will undoubtedly be hot, with riders negotiating a tough course by anyone’s standards. There will also be an open BMX race on the same weekend ensuring a great mix of action for spectators. Further information on this event can be obtained from British Cycling.

The European BMX Championships – 21st – 22nd June 2003

Major league international BMX racing hits Cheddar in 2003, following the British Club Championships earlier this year, which received critical acclaim for the brand new track built by dirt supremo Rick Forte. The substantial investment made by Broadway House in this facility was worthwhile given that the venue now boasts one of the premier BMX tracks in the UK. It was both the quality of the course & the superb facilities found at Broadway House, that helped secure the European Championship round for the UK & Cheddar. The race will take place on the weekend of 21st – 22nd June and will provide excellent spectator facilities, both for BMX fans & anyone wishing to see some of the most exciting racing seen in the UK for many years. Further information on this event can be obtained from British Cycling.

Six Days of Cycling – 13th – 18th July 2003

Six Days of Cycling at Broadway House offers those seeking a more a relaxed approach to their cycling a great chance to get their own slice of Cheese. The Mendip Hills, together with the Somerset levels, offer some great riding for all tastes and Broadway House is the perfect base from which to explore. That is essentially the purpose of Six Days of Cycling – to encourage riders of all ages & of any style to visit this beautiful part of Somerset for a cycling leisure break. There are no guided rides or group sessions, meaning riders are completely free to explore the trails and roads surrounding Broadway House at their own pace. Route information is available from the park & guidance will be on offer from Dave Moore himself. Apres ride, all the park’s facilities will be available including the swimming pool, shop, bar & restaurant. This is an ideal opportunity to soak up the unique Broadway House hospitality.

British BMX Championships – 13th – 14th September 2003

Completing a top line run of BMX events for 2003, the British BMX Championships returns to the location of the European round earlier in the year. If the 2002 club championships are anything to go by, the ‘Nationals’ will be an event not to be missed. Further information on this event can be obtained from British Cycling.

Cheddar Challenge 15th Anniversary – 3rd 4th & 5th October

With the transition from all encompassing season finale to ultimate cross country trail festival complete, Cheddar’s focus now is on refining & improving the races for the benefit of riders & their families. In this respect 2003 will be one more step on a long ladder in the event’s history, however it will be a very special occasion, given that 2003 will be the 15th Cheddar Challenge & the longest running single event in British mountain biking history. The 2002 schedule will form the backbone of the 2003 event, with all the races that proved so popular remaining unchanged. This includes the ‘Cheddar Crunch’ two stage race, the ‘Triple 10 Enduro’ three stage race, the children’s competition & of course, the cross country races. Refinements will be made to elements of both the ‘Cheddar Crunch’ & ‘Triple 10’, to make these competitions even more exciting & enjoyable for both competitors and spectators. The night race stage of both competitions will be further refined, with even more razzmatazz to set off the early part of Saturday night. The traditional party will also be radically transformed with a fully interactive school disco theme that will surpass anything that has gone before! More information to follow.

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