Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire, wins the Mountain Bike World Cup!

The World cycling’s governing body – the UCI – has announced that the World Mountain Bike championships will come to Dalby, North Yorkshire in 2010.

The championships will take place over the weekend of April 24 and 25 and are expected to attract more than 10,000 spectators and 500 elite bikers from 24 nations. The base for the event will be the £2.3 million eco-friendly Dalby visitor centre. The bid to host the event in the 8,600-acre forest was presented by British Cycling, Yorkshire Forward, UK Sport and the Forestry Commission.

In May the Forestry Commission unveiled a new four mile `World Cup' trail in Dalby Forest costing £90,000, which lived up to its billing as a course fit for champions when it was used to stage its first competitive race. The new World Cup trail has big climbs, fast descents and technically demanding features, making it an ideal place for advanced mountain bikers to practise.