by Ben Haworth
April 6, 2009
The main men – Steve Parr and Si Paton – say the following stuff…
The Race Season is now wheel spinning into action and the UK hosts the top domestic race series in the World. You must race at a high regional standard before you can get into the NPS which is widely seen as the stepping stone up to the World Cups. Peaty, Athertonís, Moseley, Beaumont, Warner, Bryceland have all been through the ranks, how about you?
The MSC BIKES/DESCENT-GEAR NPS DH is supported by: British Cycling and Monster Energy.
Each event is held over a weekend with Saturday for full practise followed by a quick practise session Sunday morning then straight into seeding and one race run, do or die!
The first three rounds are UCI Category 2 which means points are available for the top ten fastest riders on the day. Accumulate enough points and you could be rubbing shoulders at the next UCI World Cup with Sam Hill and Co..
Rd 1 April 25-26th – Ae Forest – (UCI Cat 2)
Rd 2 May 30-31st – Llangollen – (UCI Cat 2)
Rd 3 June 27-28th – Fort William – (UCI Cat 2)
Rd 4 August 15-16th – Carlton Bank
Rd 5 September 26-27th – Caersws
International Rider? Race at a good standard back home and want to measure yourself against the Worlds best! Then send your entry form in and couple that up with a reference/link to your results and you are in!
Parking, camping and spectating is always free at the NPS and we provide a large marquee, onsite catering, live timing, huge timing screen, live commentating, SERVICED toilets, music through out the day. Everyone is welcome to walk up the course outside of the tapes and catch all the trackside action.
Best four out of five rounds count for series overall prizes and points. Hang around for podium time as we run five man podiums giving more riders the chance to get their name up in lights and a nice custom trophy for the mantlepiece from Hope Technology.
Top tip: Hang around for podiums, if a rider misses presentations then their prize and trophy goes to the little kid in the crowd!
Supporting the riders at the NPS in 2009 and sponsoring individual categories are:
Descent-Gear.com – Juveniles
Lizard Skins – Youths
Fox – Juniors
Swiss and Swallow – Women
No Limits – Master Men
Ticket2RideBC.com – Veteran Men
Continental “Black Chilli” Men
Leisure Lakes – Expert Men
Nema Clothing – Elite Women
Nema Clothing – Elite Men
TF Tuned will also be on hand at each race and will be presenting a big fat cheque for £200.00 to the rider who wins by the biggest winning margin.
Pete Evans from 2StageBikes in New Zealand will also be handing over £200 big ones to the rider with the fastest combined times from seeding and their race run!
16 years of age or older on the day of the race then please read on:
Marshall for one day: £30
Marshall for two days that weekend: £65
Marshall for all five rounds, both days: You’ll get an extra wallet busting £100 bonus at the end of the last round.
You also get fed and watered and get to see the top riders in the country and even the World! Priority entry guaranteed (as long as you have 5 BC points) for your son, daughter, cousin, mate etc..
Provide a marshal for both days at the NPS DH and your rider will receive a “Queue Jump” pass! No more queuing, unlimited runs and thatís another incentive to get valued marshalís on the hill to look after you!
Training is provided along with high visibility vest, whistle, flags and radio.
We back Marshals up 100% and operate a zero tolerance policy to anyone who abuses or undermines a Marshall.
For more info on the MSC BIKES/DESCENT-GEAR NPS DH please checkout: www.NPSDH.com