Chris Roberts has just sent over some news 2009 Mini Downhill news. The first is a date change for the FOD and Chicksands race and secondly a new age group for the young guns.

Read the full story below.

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Mini downhill is the new fun exciting way to race downhill. Its aimed at new riders to the sport to give it a go and we also have the Pro am category for the more established racers.

You get 2 race runs, a good laugh and topped off with top prizes from our sponsors.

Date Changes

We have had to swap around the dates advertised because the Forestry will start felling trees in Forest of Dean in March, the new dates are:

Sunday 22nd February 09 - Forest of Dean

Sunday 29th March 09 - Chicksands.

NEW 10 & 11 Year old and want to race downhill?

The minimum age for DH in the UK is 12 years old but we are always getting asked by parents “their son is 11 year’s old and really wants to start racing. Great news is Mini Downhill’s are the only races approved by British Cycling to have 10&11 year old kids racing downhill. we made the “Rippers” age category just for them, so tell you’re little brother to get his bike out and he can start racing.

Race Sponsor

The race is being sponsored by SixSixOne, Sunline, Royal Clothing and Dirt Magazine and will be known as the “661 Mini Downhill”.

Date: Sunday 22nd February 09

Location: Forest of Dean, Cannop Valley, Coleford, Gloucestershire, GL16 7EH


Practice 9.00am – 10.45am

Race Starts (2 x runs) 11.00am – 3.30pm

Prize Presentations 3.45pm


Forest of Dean is a hot spot for mountain bikers for XC & DH, with 100’s of riders turning up every weekend.

Chris Roberts race organiser said

" There are hundreds of people who ride at the Forest of Dean that have never raced, so we have brought a race to their local track, The course is fun and following to ride but a real challenge to ride flat out on the limit.”

The event is open to any one to try downhill, no need for a race licence, so tell your friends and get your bike ready!

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The last race was great success and liked by riders and spectators who lined the short course and the Pro-am was won by Rowan Sorrel.


Top names from UK Mountain biking are taking part in the pro am race.

The riders will be competing against the clock to get the fastest time.

Two-timed runs the winner is the rider with fastest single time.

The course is around 30 to 40 seconds long.

This makes the race really intense where every single second counts.

Race categories

Rippers – Age 10-11

Juvenile – Age 12-14

Youth – Age 15-16

Senior – Age 17-29

Master – Age 30+

Ladies –

Pro-Am – open to any experienced racers, Pro, semi pro any one who wants the challenge of this intense type of racing.


SixSixOne, Royal Clothing & Sunline products for top 3 in each age categories.

Pro-am is Cash prize money.


There are loads to choose from in the forest including such names as the Corkscrew, Rocky and the Sheep’s head. The actual course will be revealed closer to the event so expect a fun & flowing track and a great challenge for this one off event.


Heading up the microphone we have pulled in the best in the land, none other than Si Paton who will keep you entertained and informed on the days racing and the riders.

Trade Stand

To keep you on track with all your spares and repairs we have secured the guys from who will be turning up with their big van rammed full of all the essentials and latest goodies and some one off Forest of Dean Racers Specials!


Extreme Medics will provide the best possible Paramedic care for any one who tries just a little bit to hard! - We always recommend body protection but you must wear full face helmet to race.


There is parking for hundreds of cars on the forest road, so tell your friends and family to come down and watch all the race action. Forestry Commission parking charge is £3 per car.

More details / Website

Website nakedracing or minidownhill

Contact the organiser:

Chris Roberts

Phone/text 07702 826260


Mini Downhill mountain bike news at the forest of dean and chicksands