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Tackling the hills in Cyclo-cross event in Ipswich in 1980

PUBLISHED: 07:00 01 June 2017

Some riders would resort to carrying their bike up the hill in order to complete the race

Some riders would resort to carrying their bike up the hill in order to complete the race

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Landseer Park was well known for hosting BMX racing from the 1980s, but it was Holywells Park that played host to a different kind of cycling - Cyclo-cross.

Racing on mud would often lead to a fallRacing on mud would often lead to a fall

What makes it so different is the use of road bikes, modified slightly to aid navigating the off-road course, which are put on to dirt and muddy tracks to create a high speed and challenging form of racing.

Plenty of riders gave the cyclo-cross race a go when it was held in Holywells Park in 1980Plenty of riders gave the cyclo-cross race a go when it was held in Holywells Park in 1980

These pictures, taken in Holywells Park in Ipswich, show the different terrains that riders would have to tackle.

Some riders would resort to pushing their bikes up the steeper sections of the race trackSome riders would resort to pushing their bikes up the steeper sections of the race track

Courses would often include steep muddy hills, which saw some riders resort to picking up or pushing their bikes to the top. Events were open to people of all ages.

The Holywells Park event had a good attendance in 1980The Holywells Park event had a good attendance in 1980

There are still races held in East Anglia, with the Eastern Cyclo-Cross League, which normally runs between September until the end of January, racing on many different tracks including in Trinity Park and Chantry Park in Ipswich and across the UK.

Some of the course could be steep and slippery, and riders would often resort to pushing their bikes to navigate the hillsSome of the course could be steep and slippery, and riders would often resort to pushing their bikes to navigate the hills

Flying downhill in Holywells Park in 1980Flying downhill in Holywells Park in 1980

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