The UK may be small

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And we may have no real mountains

The drive up to Fort William is always stunning and the Skyfall-esque scenery was on full parade in the early-summer sun
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But we wouldn’t want to ride anywhere else

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A Slice of British Pie

Let’s start with the trails

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A Slice of British Pie

From the steeps of Llangollen

Jacob Dickson checks his lines at the British Downhill Series in Llangollen
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To the jumps of Fort William

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PDZ Fort William 3

From the rocks of Antur Stiniog

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To the loam of the Surrey Hills

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We have it all

"As a venue (BikePark Wales) that received considerable EU grant funding during our initial build phase we clearly owe a lot to the EU" Martin Astley, Director BikePark Wales.
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It’s not just man made stuff though

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Most of us have great riding just outside the door

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Be that an epic day in the wilds

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Or just your local woods

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A Slice of British Pie

We also have the best national series in the world

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And our local race scene is pretty good too

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In fact, there’s nothing better than getting involved in your local scene

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dual slalom mountain bike racing-8

You’ll meet all sorts of characters

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We also have some of the best riders in the world

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From full time legends

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To record breakers

Count 'em. Rachel Atherton has now become the only person to have won 10 consecutive World Cups in a row. What an achievement.
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To the next big thing

Laurie Greenland and Manon Carpenter - best of mates and always out riding bikes together back home - catching up before anti-doping.
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And that’s not including those behind the scenes

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Or behind the microphone

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Britain also produces some of the world’s best bikes

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And components

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We’re truly an island to celebrate

Rachel Atherton strong and focused as always. And here she gains her third World Champion's title.
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In the traditional British way

And we found a couple of the other riders… in the pub on the beers. Obviously. Josh Lewis who had a pretty heavy night the other evening (check out the beer related injury).
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There is just one downside though…

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