Teams have overcome the massive travel disruption caused by the erupting volanco with the field including the world’s elite bikers, many of whom jetted in to Madrid and Frankfurt before taking trains, ferries and cars to make it to the North York Moors.
A huge tented village has been built on the Adderstone Field in the 8,600 acre woodland, near Pickering, famous for being the venue of mega open air gigs. TV trucks, a giant screen, grandstands, media centre, demo arena and team areas throng the site, with the Forestry Commission expecting over 5,000 spectators to witness ther action
The scale of the event is mind-boggling:
• The event village covers 40,000 square metres.
• 50 media desks will provide press with the facilities to send results to all corners of the world and 12 television cameras will keep viewers up to date with the action.
• 49 teams are entered.
• 47 expo and retail outlets will also be present.
• Over 1000 signs will be installed and 750 fence panels.
• 20km of course tape will keep riders on track
• Pros tackling the elite men’s race will cover a total of over 5760 kms – greater than the distance between Lands End and John O’Groats.
Key Highlights of the weekend include:
Friday 23 April: evening sprint road race around Pickering town centre. The Pro Sprint Eliminator will involve over 100 riders battling for a big cash prize.
Saturday 24 April: Dalby Forest – Junior World Cup followed by the ‘Dalby Dare’ where the public will have an opportunity to challenge the World Cup course ahead of the elite riders.
Sunday 25 April: Elite Men’s and Women’s World Cup events – the climax of a fabulous weekend.
Alan Eves, Forest Management Director with the Forestry Commission, said: “The waiting is over and we are now on the verge of a sensational weekend of World Cup racing in the heart of the North York Moors. Pickering and Dalby will be the place to be whether you plan to watch high speed street racing, have a go at the Dalby Dare, or witness truly thrilling action in the forest provided by the world’s best riders.”
Tickets for the event are on sale at the gate (from £12.50 – £17, plus concessions). Spectators using their own bikes to travel to Dalby can take advantage of a free and secure bike storage area.
Images above: Top bikers training on the 6.5km World Cup Trail in Dalby today (Thursday). Pictures by Tony Bartholomew.