This weekend sees the first NPS 4x kick off at Chicksands. Get yourselves along there it should be absolutely mega. Dirt correspondent Cunny will be racing and reporting as well as photographer Grant "club foot" Robinson plus the man they call "The Butcher". More Mountain Biking Videos >>

Tonight at 12 midnight sees the lifting of the Shimano press release embargo.

Tune in to Dirt tonight at midnight to check the news live as it happens, we'll also be having a party with tea, cake and funny hats, so come along.

The Nissan UCI world Cup is almost upon us, check out Dirt 75 for the full low down on the runners and riders.

The Nissan UCI World Cup is by far the most anticipated event in the mountain bike diary. Rated amongst the bike world as the crème de la crème and as a precursor to the Olympic Games, each event is expected to attract record numbers of spectators and push the boundaries of the sport more than ever in 2008.

Twelve events will span eleven countries between March and September featuring Cross Country Marathon (XCM) , Cross Country Olympic (XCO) , Downhill (DH) and Four Cross (4X). Some of the fittest athletes in the world will pit their talents in a test of endurance, stamina and amazing levels of speed, power and technical agility. But if it’s crashes you like, there are plenty of those too.

2008 Nissan UCI World Cup Calendar:

XCM Manavat, Turkey March 15-16

XCO Houffalize, Belgium April 19-20

XCO Offenburg, Germany April 26-27

XCO Madrid, Spain May 3-4

DHI/4X Maribor, Slovenia May 10-11

XCO/DHI/4X Vallnord, Andorra May 31- June 1

XCO/DHI/4X Fort William, Scotland June 7-8

XCO/DHI/4X & Trials Val-di-Sole, Italy June 17-22

World Champs XCO/DHI/4X Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada July 26-27

XCO/DHI/4X Bromont, Canada August 1-3

XCO/DHI/4X Canberra, Australia August 30-31

XCO/DHI/4X Schladming, Austria September 13-14

XCM Ornans, France October 4-5

If for some reason you are unable to make it to the events, go to where you’ll find videos, pictures and reports from each event. Additionally you can get further information about the tour from the official website.

Going to the Megavalanche? Want to make it a longer holiday? Why not check out the Mountain of Hell?


Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

The UK's first ever multi-sport adventure sports festival hits the Scottish Borders on the Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 July 2008.

Dirty Weekend is the UK's first ever multi-sport adventure sports festival set in the stunning surroundings of the Tweed Valley in the Scottish Borders and featuring some classic multi-sport event formats. It will be staged from Saturday 5 to Sunday 6 July 2008.

ACE Race – Adventure Race (5/6 July) - over 1 and 2 days - combine running, biking and kayaking whilst navigating for checkpoints in challenging terrain

Polaris Challenge – Mountain Bike Navigation (5/6 July) - an off-road biking challenge held over two days where competitors have to reach as many checkpoints as possible within the allotted times.

Dirty Dozen – 12K Trail Run (5 July) - Taking to the woods and forests of the Tweed Valley and providing a superb run on off-road trails; passing through woodland, crossing rivers, traversing rough ground and tackling some major ascents (and descents) along the way.

For more info check the webber.

NPS 4x, Shimano news, World cup news, Dirty weekend