Exposure Lights TwentyFour12 2020

23-26 July-20


Newnham Park, Plymouth, PL7 5BN

EXPOSURE LIGHTS TWENTYFOUR12 July 23rd to 26th 2020


Now in it’s fifteenth year!!
A 4 day off-road cycling festival built around a 12 / 24 hour endurance event. TwentyFour12 is biggest mountain bike endurance event in the UK with 4 days of exciting events for all ages and all the family.
For 2020 we will host the National 24hr MTB championships
TwentyFour12 is an endurance Mountain Bike Race around a course of approximately 12km, entirely off road, with a family friendly festival vibe
Whilst the main part of the event is the 24 / 12hr event we also have so much more happening such as the 10km Trail Run on Thursday evening. On Friday we have an Ultimate USE Enduro MTB event using 6 famed sections within Newnham Park.
New for 2020 is the kids skills and thrills training session which is held on the Friday afternoon.
That’s all in preparation for the kids 12 / 24 minute race on the Saturday morning.


Exposure Lights TwentyFour12 25th to the 28th July Thursday to Sunday
As the name suggests there are multiple races taking place at the same time on the same course. We have a 24hour race and a 12hour race starting at 11am. The 12hr then finishes at 11pm whilst the 24hr continues on until 11am Sunday.
On top of this we have a number of other event happening on the Thursday and Friday such as the 10km Trail run, The Hot lap (Single lap MTB XC Race), Enduro, Social ride, Kids Racing and general entertainment from Dj’s and live bands.
The venue is perhaps England’s finest XC mountain bike site with beautiful scenery, a flat arena/camping area complimented by a course that has been used for five rounds of the Cross Country World Cup in the 1990s. It continues to have a superb reputation for variety and fun riding and is able to withstand some horrible weather and still be rideable.

So which race do you choose? – Well ask a few questions of yourself first

Have you raced your Mountain Bike off road before? Do you have people who will be able to keep you and your bike moving? Do you have high quality lights with a long ‘burn time’ (how long they will last before needed recharging). Can you perform well with little or no sleep? What preparation will you do? Will it freak you out being alone in the dark woods at night…

There are lots of other questions but this event is meant to be endurable and enjoyable so if you have lots of No answers to those questions then you should really be thinking about getting some like minded souls together to form a team or a pair, this will make the weekend more sociable and will aid your ability to prove that you spent the weekend taking part in a 24 hour mountain bike race, challenging yourself and creating memories to tell everybody when you go back to work on the Monday.

Newnham Park, Plymouth, PL7 5BN – Link to Google maps here.


  • Campsite Opens 2pm
  • Hot Lap (Thursday 7pm) – 19:00
  • 10km Adventure Trail Run (Thursday 8.30pm) – 20:30
  • Open Mic Session – 20:30


  • Kids Skills – TBC
  • Enduro (Friday 12pm 4 Stage / Final 2 Stage 8.30pm) – 12:00
  • Live Entertainment – 20.00


  • Kids XC 12/24 Race – 9.00
  • 24/12 Race Starts – 11.00
  • 12hr Race Finishes – 23.00
  • Dj – 20.00


  • 24hr Race Finishes – 11.00


  • Campsite Empty – 12.00

Yes that’s right just you and your bike doing as many laps as you can in the time allowed. There are two solo categories under 40 and over 40. Please note minimum age to enter the 12hr race is 16yrs


2 of you means someone to hand over when you’re tired, wet, injured or you just fancy a brew, men, women and mixed pair categories available.

Teams of 4

4 of you spread the load, which means strategy and planning or just arriving at transition to find noone there and shouting very loudly until your cries are heard. Also means that not everyone needs amazing lights with plenty of opportunity to recharge both yours and the lights battery.

Riding the 12 hour event means you get to finish at midnight sit round the barbie, crack open some beers and heckle the brave souls who are carrying on for the full 24.


This race offers solos only at a crazy time and a lot more darkness to contend with. There will be a separated start area to spread out the Torchbearer riders before joining the main course. The Torchbearer12 starts at Midnight and finishes at Midday on Sunday

Solo (18yrs +)
Keith Bontrager says you don’t race for 24 hours solo, you just exist. Well that may be true but there are some mad people out there who do it regularly and can perform well without any sleep. These people usually have a dedicated team of helpers keeping them fed, watered and working (often affectionately known as pit bitches). These people should be marvelled at and celebrated (riders and bitches). This category is limited to 100 riders. For 2020 Exposure TwentyFour 12 will host the National 24hr Solo Championships. These are broken down into the following:
  • 18 (minimum age) to 39
  • 40 to 49
  • 50 to 59
  • 60+

Available for Male and Female

Medals will be available for top 3 as long as we have 6 or more in the category. Any less then only 1st medal will be presented

Pairs (18Yrs +)

Same as 12 hour pairs…except twice as long. In many riders opinion 24 hour pairs is harder than 24 hour solo for deep psychological reasons… try it and you’ll agree. This category also sells out…we have no idea why it is popular…prizes will be awarded for top 3 in each category.

Open Teams (18Yrs +)

4 riders in a relay format, you can choose who goes when and whether they ride 1,2 or 3 laps at a time (this means less changing over and less time wasted in the relay transition), this also means that you just be able to get some sleep but make sure you have a good alarm clock for that 4am changeover. For 2020 there are male, female, mixed and Veteran categories

We’ve added Fat Bike and Single Speed to the categories for the UK 24hr Solo Mountain Bike Championships.

Battle against other Fat Bike / Single Speed riders for the right to call yourself UK champion. Start time will be the 11am, the same as for the main event. Male and Female categories are available. Medals will be given to the top 3 in each category as long as we have 6 or more entrants in the category. If less enter then we’ll present 1st only.

Fat Bike Rules:

– 3.8″ Tyres and above only fitted to 26″ or 27.5″ size wheels only
– Only laps up to the 8pm cut off will count
– No E-Fatties

Single Speed Rules:

– No Gears

Please be prepared for scrutinising before the start of the event.

Skills (Friday 24th) N Thrills (25th July)

We’ve had a bit of a shake up with the kids events for 2020.

The 3 stage event has gone and in it’s place we’ve got Skills N Thrills.

Friday July 24th Skills – Qualified coaches will take 2 groups (Group 1 u8’s / U10’s / Group 2 U12’s / U16’s) for an hours skills training. Focussing on building skills through playing, the coaches will put the riders through their paces with an aim of improving their skills ready for Saturdays XC race.

Saturday July 25th Thrills – With their new improved skills the kids will race in their age categories over a XC course which runs in and around the arena / campsite. The U8’s / U10’s will race for 12minutes and the U12’s / U16’s for 24 minutes. The U12’s / U16’s will race over a slightly longer, more technical course

Wolverines – U16’s
Sabres – U12’s
Storms – U10’s
Rogues – U8’s

The kids can enter either the coaching and race or just the race.

Places are limited for the coaching. We can’t guarantee places will be available on the day

Friday 24th July
Ultimate USE Enduro 26th July Friday Start (16Yrs +)
Back in the day Newnham Park was regarded as one of the best XC World Cup courses in the world. What made it special was it’s “Gnarly” (yes they used that word back then) downhills which made the venue famous. Sections like “Cottage Return” used to put the fear of god into the best riders in the world. These sections will be more technical than the standard course. We’re not taking you down anything super technical and dangerous but they will certainly test the skills.
6 varied stages taking in some of the old favourites and a few new ones that will challenge any rider. The rider with the quickest times overall for all 6 stages is the winner… Simple but loads and loads of Fun!
As in 2019 you’ll ride 4 stages in the day light and then ride another 2 stages in the dusk / dark (start time 8.30pm onwards). The final stage will bring you down into the main arena to finish under the arch.
Limited to 75 riders so don’t sleep on getting your entry in!
Saturday morning we’ll be taking a group of riders off the beaten track for a social ride around some of the lesser known trails. Finishing up at one of our favourite pubs in the area for a drink and some food. Look out for more details

Under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult.

10km Exposure Lights Evening Trail Run – Thursday 25th 8.30pm

It’s not all about the bike! Lets kick off the weekend with a 10km adventure trail run around the beautiful surroundings of Newnham Park. Steep climbs and tricky fast downhills… we’ve set a course that we test any runner whilst at the same time will be one of the most fun runs you’ve ever done making it suitable for all.

This run is different to other runs in that you’ll need your lights!! Yes this is an evening run starting at dusk and finishing in the dark!!

Newnham has got so much to offer for a trail running lover. It’s got lots of hills (up and down), hard stone tracks, muddy single track sections, water holes… the course we put together includes bits of everything whilst also taking runners off the beaten track.

Don’t expect any walls to climb over or barbed wire to go under. No boring grass farmers fields…. This is a “Trail Run” we use one of the best and most beautiful areas in the country filled with fantastic natural trails that make the area such a destination site.

The course / route is a tough one but that doesn’t mean it’s not suitable for everybody. We don’t time cut offs or anything like that. Some runners will choose to blast round whilst others will run / walk the route and just enjoy being outdoor enjoying the experience
– Medal and goodie bag for all finishers
– Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult

Open to any rider aged 16 and above, The Hot Lap is a mass start 1 lap MTB XC blast of the race course around Newnham Park. Who blast the hills and rip the singletracks and hammer the downhills. Starting at 7pm in the main arena, this is a chance for young and old to do battle and gain bragging rights ahead of the main 24/12 event.

Category for male or female. Prizes for the first 3 in each.