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Mountain bike fans are in for a rare treat – chance to tackle thrilling sections of the newly created course destined to host the 2010 UCI Mountain Bike Cross-Country World Cup in Dalby Forest next month (24 – 26 April).
The Forestry Commission has opened nearly 80 per cent of the tough 6.5 kilometre route to keen bikers rejoicing in fearful names like Medusa’s Drop and Worry Gill.
Riders are also being urged to sign up to take part in the Dalby Dare on 24 April offering an amazing opportunity to ride the whole course as part of a larger circuit and compare their time ahead of the elite riders, who race the following day.
Alan Eves, Forest Management Director, said:
“The trail is looking absolutely fantastic and the feedback we've had from test riders is that this is world class test of skill and stamina. We have also designed the course to give spectators brilliant vantage points to watch the action.”
Over 2,000 tonnes of locally sourced stone has been used to surface the trail and sustainable techniques used to make it more durable. The design was finalised after months of careful planning work and environmental assessments were carried out to ensure bikers steer clear of sensitive wildlife and archaeological sites. The trail has been incorporated into Dalby’s 55 kilometre mountain bike network, opened in 2007 at a cost of £400,000 and acclaimed as some of the best single-tracks in England.
British Cycling is working in close partnership with UK Sport, Welcome to Yorkshire, Yorkshire Forward and the Forestry Commission, with the support of a number of local partners including Ryedale Council and North Yorkshire County Council, to deliver the UCI Mountain Bike Cross-Country World Cup.
To register for the Dalby Dare go to www.yorkshiremtbworldcup.co.uk. Spectator day and weekend passes for the World Cup event are also available via the website or by calling 0844 847 2387.
NOTE TO EDITOR
Dalby's World Cup weekend itinerary:
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 for 16-18 year olds followed by the ‘Dalby Dare’ where the public will have an opportunity to challenge the World Cup course ahead of elite riders. Nearly 400 people will be able to test their skills and compare their time against the pro riders the next day.
Sunday 25 April: Elite Men’s and Women’s World Cup events - the climax of a fabulous weekend.
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.