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A milestone in the history of North Yorkshire sport is reached next weekend with the first ever staging of the UCI Mountain Bike Cross-Country World Cup in Dalby Forest.
The massive event is the opening round in this year’s global competition which also takes in venues such as Offenburg, Germany, Val di Sole, Italy, and Windham, USA.
A huge tented village will take shape from Tuesday onwards on the Adderstone Field in the 8,600 acre woodland, near Pickering, famous for being the venue of the mega open air gigs.
TV trucks, a giant screen, grandstands, media centre, demo arena and team areas will throng the site, with the Forestry Commission expecting over 5,000 spectators to witness elite bikers from the around the world going head-to-head.
British Cycling officials will start marking out the route on the new 6.5 km, £100,000 World Cup course on Sunday. It is rated as one of the most difficult challenges facing riders on this year’s tour.
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.
See attached for full timings.
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 Dalby Forest Visitor Centre, Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.co.uk) and on the British Cycling website http://new.britishcycling.org.uk, priced from £9 - £13.50. There are discounts for under 18s and families. Alternatively call 0844 8472387. Tickets will also be sold on 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.
NOTE TO EDITORS
The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands. More information at www.forestry.gov.uk/YorkshireandtheHumber
Richard Darn on 0113 346 6085. Mobile 0775 367 0038.
Issued on behalf of the Forestry Commission by Richard Darn, COI. Tel: 0113 341 3178.