A wealth of sport gets under way in the Midlands this week as the Commonwealth Games 2022 begins.
An opening ceremony on Thursday at Birmingham’s Alexandra Stadium will kick off the tournament, which runs until August 8.
And one of the top sporting events will be held right here in Staffordshire.
Cannock Chase will be the venue for the high-octane mountain biking competition – and it’s set to be a thriller.
Athletes will plummet down steep sections, transition into smooth landings and push through uphill ascents in a bid to scoop the gold medal.
Taking place on August 3, the event will include the Men’s and Women’s Cross Country finals and medal ceremonies and runs from 11.30am to 4pm at Birches Valley.
Ticket holders have exclusive access to the viewing area near the start/finish. A pass out system will be in place for ticket holders wishing to access the trail viewing areas.
For anyone not lucky enough to get a ticket, there are lots of ways to take in the action on the day.
People can watch along the trail route and there will be marshalls on hand to ensure the safety of the onlookers and riders.
Spectators can get to the venue by using the shuttle buses from Stafford Railway Station, which will run regularly throughout the day.
Alternatively, there will be a giant screen in Cannock Town Centre where eagle-eyed viewers can watch all the action for free.
Cannock Chase councillor Adrienne Fitzgerald said: “We are so very privileged to have the mountain bike event in Cannock Chase. If you have not managed to get a ticket, there are lots of ways you can watch and get involved in this once in a lifetime event.”