British Downhill Series will now have a trail bike category

Interesting news from the British Downhill Series team. The series will now add a trail bike category to their list. The new category is for riders aged 19 and older and riding single crown bikes.

The series has (up to this point) been built around riders looking to race in a competitive environment. Tracks are designed for downhill bikes and categories have been weighted to favour the more competitive categories such as elite, expert or junior.

The new category marks a change away from the ‘pure’ downhill nature of the series, giving riders without a British Cycling license and without a dedicated downhill bike an opportunity to race.

The news comes following the cancellation of the Moelfre round of the British Downhill Series due to lack of entries and the announcement that the final two rounds of the year are also low on confirmed riders.

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The suggestion to introduce a trail bike category was one that was made by a number of riders with the hope of broadening the appeal of the series. Many have given the popularity of trail centres and enduro racing as a reason for the downturn in the popularity of the series.

“We now have a trail bike category at the BDS. Race in either of the two age categories; 19-29 or 30 plus!

No licence, membership or points required. Racers receive a free Marsh Guard Number Board holder (worth 15 euros), free race support from Shimano, Crankbrothers, Hope, e-13 and Sprung Suspension. Free bike wash, air hoses and lube station courtesy of WD40. Free action shots courtesy of Monster Energy. Free Monster Energy Drinks, Live Timed practice on Sunday morning and live race times.

Fast and efficient bike safe uplift so expect 8-10 runs easily without queuing on Saturday. Course open on Saturday for practice 09:30-18:00 with no lunch breaks.”