This weekend's RHL Beach Race at Weston will mark the 30th anniversary of what has grown to become the biggest event on the UK off-road calendar. To celebrate three decades of racing on the Weston seafront, RHL Activities are determined that this year's event will be the biggest and best yet.
On the racing front the new MX2 World Champion, Jeffrey Herlings, will be making his beach race debut this year. The young Dutchman is renowned for his skills in the sand, but the Weston course he'll face this weekend is very different to the sands of Lommel and Leirop, where he had been dominant in the past.
While Herlings will be looking to end his stellar season with a win at Weston on his debut, there are a few former podium finishers in the race who are determined the Dutchman won't have it all his own way.
Shaun Simpson returns from MX! World Championship duty and heads to Weston off the back of an impressive double win at the final Maxxis British Championship round at Little Silver last weekend. The Monster Yamaha rider would like nothing more than to win on Sunday, thirty years after his father Willie took victory in the first ever race on the Weston sands.
Tom Church and Brad Anderson are two other former podium finishers who will be looking to add a beach race win to their already impressive records this weekend.
But Weston isn't just about the big names. What has made the Beach Race at Weston so successful over the past 30 years is the enthusiasm and commitment of every rider taking part. Without the support of these riders, and their families, the Beach Race at Weston would be a far smaller, and far less exciting, event.
As always, RHL Activities are planning a whole host of off-track activities that are guaranteed to keep the whole family entertained throughout the race weekend. Bars, barbeques and bands will provide the fun during the evening, with plenty of activities and displays planned to keep young and old alike entertained during the day.
"We've been working hard to ensure that this year's RHL Beach Race at Weston is a fitting celebration of three decades of racing on the Weston seafront," explains Gareth Hockey, Director of RHL Activities. "We've signed up the best riders to battle it out in the biggest field yet and we're expecting our closest race ever this weekend."
"We've also gone to town with the off-track activities, to ensure that there's something for the whole family and that the 30th anniversary of the beach race will remembered as a very special event by everyone, whether that are racing or spectating this weekend."
RHL Activities are also pleased to announce that Buildbase, one of Europe's fastest growing builders merchants, will be sponsoring all of Sunday's races, including the three-hour feature race, for the first time.
"We're very pleased to be able to welcome such an established and well regarded brand as Buildbase to the Weston family and I hope that this will be a relationship that grows in years to come," declared Hockey.
Advanced entries for the RHL Beach Race at Weston are now closed, but late entries will be available in all classes. Riders wishing to enter for the weekend can do so on Friday using the dedicated late entries desk in the registration area.
Riders will need to supply a signed entry form, which can be downloaded from the official event website at www.rhlactivities.com, and the entry fee in cash (no cheques can be accepted for late entries.
For more information on the RHL Beach Race at Weston, please log on to the official event website at www.rhlactivities.com
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