British Cycling announces 2023 Mountain Bike Downhill calendar

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British Cycling has finally revealed the dates and venues for the 2023 national downhill mountain bike championships and series! Hmm…. now to look at my calendar and decide if I’m actually going to take the plunge and try racing DH next year…

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2023 National Downhill Series 

  • Round 1: Rheola, Wales – 15-16 April (Gravity events)
  • Round 2: Fort William, Scotland – 6-7 May (UCI C1) Scottish Downhill Association
  • Round 3: Llangollen, Wales – 8-9 July (Gravity events)
  • Round 4: Glencoe, Scotland – 19-20 August (Scottish Downhill Association)
  • Round 5: Antur Stiniog, Wales – 23-24 September (Borderline events)

National Downhill Championships  

  • Rhyd-y-Felin, Wales – 22-23 July (Borderline events)

Quick shout out here to young James Weeks, who has just joined Katy Curd’s junior team. His racing antics/exploits/career has been charted by Forum regular ‘weeksy’ in this thread, so keep an eye out there if you want to follow his progress.

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Full press release below:

The National Downhill Series will be delivered by three separate organisers – Gravity Events, Scottish Downhill Association and Borderline – and once again kicks off in Rheola, on the weekend of April 15-16.

The series then heads to the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships venue at Fort William in Scotland on 6-7 May. We are pleased to announce this round has been awarded UCI C1 classification, helping the event to attract riders from further afield and provide an even greater spectacle for those watching along the course.

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The third round of the series will see riders take to the start in Llangollen on 8-9 July, before heading back to Scotland in Glencoe for round four on the weekend of 19-20 August. The 2023 series will conclude at Antur Stiniog bike park on 23-24 September, set in the stunning North Wales mountains.

The 2023 National Downhill Championships will make a welcome return to Rhyd-y-felin in Wales, which last hosted the showpiece event in 2021, with riders competing for the coveted national champions’ jerseys on the weekend of 22-23 July.

An enthralling 2022 series ended in victory for Luke Williamson, with Greg Williamson crowned national champion in Glencoe, while Stacey Fisher capped off a magnificent year with a series and national championships double.

Online entries for the National Downhill Series and the National Downhill Championships will open on Thursday 15 December at 11:00am.

Borderline Events organiser, who will be hosting the National Downhill Championships, Mike Marsden said:

“Myself and the team behind Borderline Events are super proud once again to host the National Downhill Championships and the final round and decider of the series.

“We’d like to thank the team at British Cycling and of course you – the riders – for your continued support. We can’t wait for 2023!”

British Cycling’s Competition Team Leader, Rick Clarkson, said:

“We’re really looking forward to once again delivering a fantastic series of mountain bike downhill events across Scotland and Wales in 2023. Fort William, which will be the venue for the upcoming 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships, is sure to be a highlight of the series as a UCI C1 event, with riders from across the world set to compete, while the National Championships in Rhyd-y-Felin in Wales will be a great opportunity for riders to test themselves against the best in the country. A massive credit for the organisation of this year’s series goes to Gravity events, Scottish Downhill Association, and Borderline events – it wouldn’t be possible for these events to go ahead without them.”

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    Oooh, this is exciting, but it’s almost like England isn’t part of Britain.

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    Is there anywhere in England with uplift facilities that has suitable elevation to run a modern national level downhill race?

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    @gribs it’s enough to make one want to build a track down Cragg Vale

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    @gribs Descend Bike Park at Hamersley Forest – I’m sure some national rounds have been held there previously

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    Oooh, this is exciting, but it’s almost like England isn’t part of Britain.

    In the same way that there are no Scottish venues in the XC announcement?

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    Read the headline and thought, I’ll probably just stick with the free Singletrack one, plus a whole article just for a calendar! 🤦‍♂️

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    Yes Hannah! Definitely race DH next year!

    Words of encouragement from someone who’s never raced.

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    Goes live at 11am today for anyone interested.

    Going to be an expensive day !!!!

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    that’s a superb little squad there… i can see there being plenty of podiums/wins. Tricky for Felix as he’s moving up in age cat, but he’ll still go well i bet.
    Liv has been in plenty of MTB mag articles
    George is just stupid fast anyway.

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