Saturday 28th May 2011
The World’s top Mountain Bikers hit the UK’s toughest race track.
On 28th-29th of May Glencoe Mountain Resort plays host to the Halo British Downhill Series which has seen entries flying in from some of the world’s highest ranked Downhill mountain bikers including big names such as Greg Minaar, Brendan Fairclough, the Atherton’s and British legend Steve Peat who had this to say “I am excited to be racing up in Glencoe, it’s the first time riding there for me and it makes it even more special that there will be an international field attending, the course is quite hard so its good to be able to give these guys a good challenge. The British series is really taking off and this event will be huge for our National series.”
The level of interest from such an elite field has resulted in the event gaining a UCI category 1 status, the first British event ever to receive this level.
For many of the 300+ riders it will be their first chance to ride the challenging track at Glencoe which is steep, rocky and very technical. The track, which has featured in the Scottish Downhill Association for several years, has had a number of additional features added this year to make it more exciting for riders and spectators including a spectacular new jump just above the finish line which is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
It is a great chance for mountain bike fans to see their heroes up close riding extremely difficult terrain, the event is open to the public free of charge and spectators will be able to see the service area, trade stands and of course the race track. Chairlift tickets will also be available on the day for those that want to venture up the mountain and get a bird’s eye view of the action.
Whilst the main racing will take place on the Sunday, the qualifying and seeding on Saturday is rounded off with an evening of live music with Edinburgh based band Gorman in the resort’s log cabin café.
Lochaber’s newly elected MSP, the Scottish National Party’s David Thomson will be attending to hand out prizes and support the event.
The event marks the start of an exciting week for Mountain Biking in Lochaber with the World Cup being held in Fort William the following weekend.
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