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Weston-super-Mare annual beach race attracts crowds of 70,000 to seaside town

The annual beach race is one of the world's most extreme off-road tracks. Credit: ITV News

900 motor and quad bike riders competed in one of the world's most extreme off-road tracks in Weston-super-Mare.

The 35th annual beach race took place in the seaside town, attracting crowds of around 70,000 people.

The event, which includes specially-built sand dunes for the competition, is believed to add up to £10million to the local economy.

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Conditions perfect for Weston Beach Race

Quadbikes on the beach at Weston-super-Mare Credit: ITV West

Organisers of the Beach Race in Weston-super-Mare say conditions are perfect. Early showers gave way to brilliant sunshine for the Youth 65cc event this morning featuring boys and girls from 7 to 10.

The centrepiece today is the adult quad and sidecar race. Last year's winner, Paul Winlow, is back and admits he faces tough competition. Day 2 tomorrow includes the Youth Quad race and solo events.

Competitors prepare for their heat Credit: ITV West
A junior rider tackles one of the dunes Credit: ITV West