NPS round 5 venue change - Dirt

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NPS round 5 venue change


Next weekend will see Round 5 of the Monster Energy and Hanford’s Bike Hut NPS Downhill change venue from Carlton Bank to Innerliethen in Scotland on Saturday and Sunday the 21st of September 2008.

With the North East seeing over a months rainfall in one day the finishing field looks more like a lake than a race village.

With more predicted rainfall this week we have no guarantees the field will dry up in time thus leaving zero access to the site. We caught up with local resident Noah who was in the adjoining field rapidly shepherding his flock, “I’ve just had to re-felt the roof of my old boat as it looks like it might be coming out of retirement soon..”

We have therefore quickly moved the venue to Innerleithen which is the U.Ks No1 destination for Downhill racing and is the most established of race venues situated a stones throw from the picturesque town. The chosen course is littered with rocks, exposed roots and ruts to challenge the best of them. Add the tightly packed trees and steep twisting corners this is a technicians dream, for those of you with wide bars, watch your knuckles!
Parking, spectating and camping is always free at the NPS and the crew from Monster Energy will be providing their huge sound system and massive Wigwam for everyone to chill out in. Live timing and commentating along with several retailers and caterers on-site and a MTB film showing on the big screen Saturday night means this is a great weekend for the riders and spectators!

Racing Schedule


09:00 to 14:30 Open Practise
15:00 to 18:00 Seeding

09:00 to 12:30 Practice
13:00 Race Runs
16:30 Podium
17:00 Wheel spin..

Directions: Innerleithen is situated one hour directly South of Edinburgh just off the A72, north of Galashields and South of Peebles. (5 miles from Glentress). Direction signs will be up from Thursday evening.

For further information please checkout Steve Parr and myself look forward to welcoming you track side.



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