This is what it’s all about! Prepare for the biggest party in British mountain biking to return thanks to Si Paton.
Lake jumps, flat out racing, big parties this is exactly what mountain biking’s been missing recently. We’re absolutely frothing for this, mad keen.
Here’s the full details:
Photos: Geoff Waugh
After almost a 20 year break, 2018 will see the return to the iconic venue that is Eastnor Deer Park in Malvern for what is tipped as the largest and most diverse MTB festival of the year. Delivered to you by the tried and trusted team that has delivered British Cycling’s National Downhill Series – The BDS for the last ten years.
The 15th, 16th and 17th of June 2018 are the dates for your diary not to be missed. The venue will open on the Thursday afternoon prior to the event with practice on the Friday and then racing on both Saturday and Sunday.
A packed weekend of challenging and exciting events is scheduled that will see riders of all ages and abilities race and having fun in a chilled out family atmosphere.
Take your pick of what you fancy entering whether you are a seasoned racer or a newbie first timer to the start gate. All events will be split into age categories with entries going live in October 2017 as well as the purchase of entry tickets. This is what we are proposing..
Downhill – Top to bottom from the Obelisk will see riders descend on the fast and flowing course that will, of course, take in the famous ‘Bomb Hole’.
Cross Country – The bid has already been sent into British Cycling for a round of the prestigious HSBC UK I National XC Series which will see the UK’s top-flight racers lapping around this legendary venue.
Quad Eliminator – The pre-runner to 4x. Four riders on the BMX style gate, elbows out and go! A simple knockout format will see the top two riders progress to the next rounds.
Dual Eliminator – A replication of the quad eliminator but as the name suggests, with just two riders on course at a time.
Legends’ Race – Invitational Downhill Race, showcasing the legends of the sport.
Funduro – In association with Steve Parr (UK Gravity Enduro) taking in three short stages, this will be the perfect introduction for those wishing to enter their first enduro event.
Dual Slalom – Is the finest example of head to head racing. Riders complete timed runs in each lane, the rider with the fastest combined time will progress to the next round.
Race Support – Expect to see race support from all the top service providers keeping your bike on the hill and racing. That includes a bike wash, dry and lube station.
Retro Show and Shine – Will your old skool pride and joy be awarded the highly prized ‘Best in Show’? Start polishing her now, we will have a category for both Downhill and XC.
Bunny Hop – Let’s see how high you can go?
Strider – A number of events are scheduled to replicate the ‘Grown Ups’ racing formats.
Lake Jump/Ride – Need to negotiate some red tape first. Rest assured, those entering should bring their armbands and a snorkel!
National Demo Weekend – We are already signing up the best brands in the business for the ultimate demo weekender that will allow you to test ride your dream bike and that next purchase.
Retail Village – Come and see the latest kit on display and try before you buy and grab a bargain. Just note, ‘Watch your head, low prices’!
Entertainment – A full weekend schedule will include fun for all the family and will be included in the entry price. With large marquees on site, we will ensure good times whatever the weather. Each evening we will have live bands playing 90’s style music followed by live DJ’s. They are primed to turn up the tempo and get the speakers pumping so bring your best moves and polish your disco slippers!
Onsite Catering and Bar – A fully licenced bar and onsite caterers providing fresh produce and refreshments to suit everybody.
Wi-Fi – Onsite free wi-fi available for all so you can melt the internet as you cover the action from the event.
TV Coverage – Plans are in place to produce an hour-long show that will be televised on a popular channel for cycling.
For the little ones – Face Painting, Bouncy Castles, Ball Pits, Pump Track and the Circus School.
Security – Onsite 24 hour security to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all those attending.
Bike Security – Secure dry storage for your pride and joy throughout the race weekend.
Camping and Showers – Available from the Thursday afternoon right through till Sunday evening when the site must be cleared.There will also be a dedicated family camping area and bins, plenty of bins.
To keep up to date on the event, click on the Malverns’ Facebook Page.