New to Racing

Here you will find some info on how to get into racing downhill and what you can expect from our race series .

Which age category should I be in ?  https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/search/article/mtbst_Mountain-Bike-Category-System-Explained

Essentially its bit like racing a Mini world cup , your allowed to do a trackwalk on the friday afternoon once the course has been taped up Typically after 4.30pm, and again first thing on saturday morning. You must not ride your bike on the race track or any other track at the venue whilst a race event is on, even if you think they are safe as we may have veichles, timing cable or other riders will be using them as footpaths to get to other parts of the track.

You will have to sign on to get your race number board, this will be at the sign on/Race HQ from approx 8.30am Saturday, sign on may shut around 12 midday but if you arrive late just find a member of staff and we will sort you out.   If you are completely new to racing please notify our team at sign who may mark your number board, this will allow you to be one of the first on track, giving you some space before the seasoned riders start their practise runs.

Once the Marshals are in place and the track is live about 9.30am , practise may begin, for the first part of the day you may be allowed to stop in a place that is safe to do so, normally this is where fire roads are or on long wide parts of the track.This will give you a chance to see line choices or simply gather yourself after a fall or to catch a breath if needed.  Please do not stop on blind corners or on jump features. you and your bike must not hinder another rider or you may be asked to move on by a marshal, obey all marshals directions without question.

Later on  in the day we will aim to  have full runs only rule so that everyone gets the chance to complete at least 2 full runs before practice finishes.

After practise Saturday  many riders head up the hill for another trackwalk as lines may change  or ruts may have changed during the day or simply to have another look at a section you may not have dialled in just yet. The evening will see many cleaning and servicing their bikes ready for Sunday. Our DJ/ Race Commentator will be putting on a DJ set if the weather allows, this will be an ideal chance to catch up and chat about the days practice and chill with good mates. 

On Sunday you will have practice in the morning with the last session being full runs again.As we now own our timing system we will be able to post up First Race run times earlier than we have been able to do so in the past.

The first race times are normally posted around 10am and this will be posted either at race control or at the event catering stand. This will display your start time, please allow enough time to get there approx 15/20 minutes before hand. If you miss you position it may be classed as a Did Not Start{DNS} if we are unable to slot you in  . You will be able to view your finish time on our large screen tv at the finish and then all race times will be printed and posted around 20 mins later with you result and your final seeding run time. Typically its around 2 1/2 hrs interval from first run to your second run. 

Once you have done your final run we will calculate your best run time from your 2 runs and that will be your finish result. Full published results are posted at race HQ where you have a chance to review them  and podiums are around 30 mins after the last race run.

Heres some links to racing downhill

https://www.redbull.com/us-en/the-beginners-guide-to-dh-racing

https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/getintomountainbiking