We are back for Battle on the Beach no.7 on April 18/19th. This is the weekend after Easter. As with every year to date we are forced to pick a date where the tides suit, giving the lowest possible tide, which means the fastest sand while the race start from Midday.
There are several changes and new things planned for 2020, so here is the low down.
New Date! – April 18/19th will be the 2020 date. With Battle on the Dark on Saturday April 18th and the main Battle on the Beach event on Sunday April 19th
Camping – Camping is no longer included as standard for the event. Due to the field we previously hired no longer being available. You can still camp and there are several options:
1 – Purchase a tent camping ticket as an additional extra with your entry. This is per tent pitch, not person. It covers Friday to Sunday and also includes car parking over the weekend (more below). Basic facilities included such as water, portable toilets and showers. You will not be able to park next to your tent, but it will be within eyesight and no more than 100 metres away.
2 – Stay on-site at the Pembrey Country Park campsite. Options for tents, caravans and camper-vans with lots of electric hookups and excellent facilities. Booking is open from Wednesday December 18th and due to the event taking place within school holiday we strongly recommend booking early. The official on-site camping also includes a car vehicle pass for the duration of your stay.
There is also a Caravan Club site just outside the country park gates for any members.
Parking – Unless you are camping, in which case parking is included there is a new parking system and new charges for 2020. All day parking on peak dates, which includes the event weekend will be £5.80. Parking is through an ANPR system, meaning it recognises your number plate and then you need to pay before exit. DO NOT FORGET TO PAY. There is no option to pay at the gate, only at the pay stations within the park.
Due to the park charges we recommend car sharing wherever possible to reduce costs.
Longer course – We will retain a 3 lap course, with the final 3rd lap being different but all 3 will be extended up around 1km per lap. This should help ease congestion and ensure traffic free racing for all.
Seeded places – We will have our first major seeded places change since the events inception. As with previous years, riders within the top 60 male, top 10 female as well as top 3 in any age categories that do not automatically qualify. There will be the option to apply to be seeded among the front group also, details will be available in January. For the first time there will be 3 tiers of seeded places available rather than 2 as per previous events.
Larger prize purse – Fancy yourself as a winner? The top prize, which includes equal prize money for open male & female categories will be £1000! Cash prizes remain down to 5th place.
Rotor Battle in the Dark – We are delighted that Rotor Bike Components are back as Battle in the Dark sponsor. The TT event has become extremely popular over the previous 3 years. The first rider is expected to start at 20:30, just after sunset and all riders will be set off at 10 second intervals. £100 prize for fastest male & female riders with prizes for 10th, 20th, 30th and so on.
Saturday Night Entertainment – With the night race in full swing we will have live music to allow everyone to make the most of the weekend. A range of catering suppliers will be on site and a bar for alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
Youth Races – Once again we will have races available for all ages from balance bikes at noon on Sunday to kick the weekend off moving up to U8, U10 and U12 to U14 events taking place on Saturday afternoon.
Ages 14+ can take part in the main event.
What stays the same – Everything that makes the event unique will remain the same. A mass start with 3 laps of a 15km course for all standard categories (2 laps for fun race). All bikes are welcome and all take part in the same race. Mountain bikes, cross bikes, tandems, fat bikes, beach racers and everything in between.
Weekend Race Entry – £40 (plus booking fee)
Weekend tent pitch – £15
Event Hoody (only available to pre-order) – £25
Event T-shirt (only available to pre-order) – £10