The British Downhill Series is, without doubt, the best national series in the world. We'd go so far to say it's even more prestigious than the IXS Euopean Cup.

It doesn't only attract the very best of Britain's bubbling hotpot of talent, but the best international riders also come to chance their hand on our notoriously technical tracks.

2017 will see six dates of furious action from April through to Spetember and we can't wait. Madison Saracen wrapped up the titles last year with Manon Carpenter and Matt Simmonds dominating. Will they be able to defend their titles again this year?

The headline news is that Hopton will be a BDS venue for the first time (although it has hosted the national and English champs in the past). It's a mainstay of the Pearce series and it's great to see it step up to the big leagues for 2017.

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Nant Gwrtheyrn (aka Nant G) is back for the first time since 2011. The track is now being uplifted again by the boys from Antur Stiniog and should be a great way to kick off the season.

Fort William, Rhyd-Y-Felin, Moelfre and Llangollen all return and we've heard Llangollen will be using the legendary woods track next year.

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2017 British Downhill Series Calendar

1-2 April

Round 1: Nant Gwrtheym, Wales

13-14 May

Round 2: Fort William, Scotland (UCI C1)

17-18 June

Round 3: Rhyd-Y-Felin, Wales

29-30 July

Round 4: Moelfre, Wales

19-20 August

Round 5: Llangollen, Wales

16-17 September

Round 6: Hopton, England

For information on how to enter, click here.

Si Paton, event director, said: “On behalf of the British Downhill Series Team we are both delighted and honoured to be entrusted with delivering British Cycling MTB Downhill Series.

“British downhill racing is at a pivotal moment and with the vision and support of British Cycling we can now embark on the implementation of our strategic goals for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

“I would like to highlight the work done by the British Downhill Series team that will deliver this vision. Their commitment, hard work and unwavering attention to detail allows us to safely deliver these fantastic events come rain or shine."

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BDS Round 2 2016 Fort William 4