THE 2017 Welsh Cycling Mountain Bike Cross Country Championships return to Builth Wells this summer.

John Lloyd MBE will be supporting the event, along with local cycling club, the Bulls, with the championships taking place on Sunday, June 18 at the Royal Welsh Showground.

Builth Wells is a firm favourite on the mountain bike cross country calendar, holding both Welsh and British national series events in recent years.

The Bulls Cycling Club is based at the Royal Welsh Showground, and has a strong mountain bike core, from youth to senior members while John Lloyd Racing Ltd has decades of experience in hosting elite mountain bike competitions, and will produce an enthralling championship event this summer.

The exciting new 4km course will embrace the Mid Wales landscape in Powys, with tight and twisty single track sections while the terrain and trails will challenge riders to produce a worthy Welsh champion on the day.

The course will be enclosed within the Royal Welsh Showground, and offer a preview to the final round of the HSBC UK National Cross Country Series in August.

The elite women’s race will begin at 11.50am while the elite men will race at 2pm.

There will be non-championship races for under 6s, under 8s and under 10s from 10am while youth and juvenile championship races will start from 11.45am.