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Weston Beach Race pulls in 50,000 crowd for 30th anniversary spectacular

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: October 15, 2012

  • Quad riders tackle the dunes at the Weston Beach Race

  • Quad riders tackle the dunes at the Weston Beach Race

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Thousands packed into Weston-super-Mare over the weekend to enjoy thrills and spills on the sand at the resort’s annual beach race.

More than 50,000 people packed into the resort for the three-day event, which celebrated its 30th birthday and is heralded as the biggest beach enduro in Europe.

Around 1,150 riders took part in the event, with about 400 bikers pitting their wits for the main race on Sunday along the 5.2-mile course.

The course, which features around 200,000 tonnes of sand, had dozens of mountainous sand dunes and a 2.5 kilometre straight where riders reached speeds of up to 100 mph.

And there was plenty of excitement on Saturday, with Ben Watson winning the 125/250f class race for the fifth time and Tyler Rowe taking pole position in the 65cc youth race.

Young guns in the 65cc class found the 90-minute race tough going due to the deep wet sections.

While Gary Ashley led for most of the race, a technical problem on the final lap allowed Tyler Rowe through for the win.

A quad bike hits the first dune almost sideways in the Weston-super-Mare beach race Quad and Sidecar class picture: Ben Birchall

2012 WESTON BEACH RACE PICTURES

2012 Weston Beach Race photos - part one

2012 Weston Beach Race photos - part two

2012 Weston Beach Race photos - part three

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