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Van Road Dual Slalom and Pumptrack Challenge

It’s been a while since we had an email about a Dual Slalom race but that’s just what slipped into the in tray this morning, from none other than World Cup and World Champ Manon Carpenter! After a cracking season of racing her and her Dad Jason have decided to put on this race to celebrate her medals and raise some cash for the trails and Van Road. Here’s the word from Manon and we will be down there to show our support and maybe even ride!

Van Road Pumptrack and Dual Slalom Challenge

Van Road Trails have had a refurbishment recently and to see the summer off we are holding a Dual Slalom and Pumptrack Challenge on the 25th October. This event will also celebrate Manon Carpenter’s incredible season of DH MTB racing, winning both the Word Cup and World Championship against some very tough opposition. All money raised during this event will go to supporting the trails.

The Dual Slalom track at Van Road is one of the best and only DS tracks in the UK so it will make for some exciting racing. A Pumptrack Challenge, free of charge, will be run alongside for people to set times on whilst the DS is underway. Donations are very welcome however and will be used towards the cost of insurance and maintaining the trails! There will also be a Demo held on the Pro Jump Line between 12.15-12.45pm by local up and coming riders Alfie Stephens (Deity), Scott Merrell (Jimmys Iced Coffee, Steele Industries Ltd.) and Elliott Bassett (EZO Brand, Nookie Bikes) to show us all how it should be done!

Please pre-enter the Dual Slalom race here

There are limited entries so entering in advance will save you money and disappointment, as well as saving us some hassle on the day.

Pre entries are not required for the Pumptrack Challenge.

Spectators very welcome, come and join us for a great day out, you may even bump into a World Champion or two while you are here. You can keep up to date with the event via the Facebook page.

10am sign on
11:30am sign on closed
10am practice
12:00 Noon seeding runs
2pm Straight knockout racing one run on each track, maximum 2 second advantage for close racing.


Online £15 –
On the day £18


10-14 – Juvenille

15-16 – Youth

17-18 – Junior

Amateur Men

Amateur Women



Prizes for Dual Slalom are very kindly being supplied by Saracen Bikes, Castle Bikes Shop, EZO Brand and Sacred Apparel.

The Pumptrack challenge is being run as a just for fun event to allow you to experience riding one of our most fun trails and to challenge yourself against some really great riders.

Helmets and gloves must be worn, and bikes must have at least one working brake. All riders will need to register before riding, U18’s will need parental consent.
The Pumptrack challenge is ridden at your own risk but will be supervised by qualified cycle coaches. Sorry no prizes, this one is just for fun and glory.

10-12pm for U18’s on Beginner 2 Pumptrack (2nd track from entrance gate). This pump track is suitable for all riders aged 6+ as long as they are comfortable riding offroad.

1pm-4pm on Pro Pumptrack. Suitable for 10+ through to adults.
Fastest time of the day counts! No fee for pumptrack challenge although a donation to Van Rd is welcome.


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