It’s but a few weeks until the UK’s finest go head to head in North Wales for the coveted National Champs jersey and a spot on the World Champs team.

Rhyd-y-Felin is the location for the 2017 HSBC UK National Downhill Championships, taking place over the weekend of 22nd/23rd July. Borderline Events, for the eighth year running host the champs and with so many UK riders firing on all cylinders, this should be some race.

Can Cube Global Squad’s Greg Williamson retain the title and the Union Jack on his sleeve for another year or will we see any one of the rapid British riders pip him to the post? Only time will tell.

Brought to you in association with Leighton Vans for the second year running. The biggest domestic race of 2017 is nearly with us again and for the eighth time the Borderline Events team have been entrusted with the delivery of the most prestigious event of the year. This year the race takes place at Rhyd Y Felin, commonly known as Bala. The event is additionally supported by HSBC UK and of course British Cycling.

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2016 delivered a great event just up the road at Revolution Bike Park with a fantastic course, challenging the best riders from all around the UK, many of whom are amongst the best in the world, as they fought it out to gain the title of National Champion and the right to wear the National Champion’s sleeve for the following twelve months.

Last year Rachel Atherton took the ladies title, which was her fifth straight victory. Greg Williamson took the men’s category, clinching the title of National Champion for the first time in his career.

Entries are open now but in line with regulations for National Championship events will close before the event. So please don’t delay!

For 2017 we return the village of Llangynog and head slightly further down the lane to the Rhyd Y Felin venue, which has been raced for a number of years and is a firm favourite with riders, a great long track will provide another group of worthy National Champions.

Uplift will be provided by the Pearce Cycles fleet of landrovers which should give riders lots of track time. Timing will this year be from the Action Sports Timing team. Mike and the rest of the Borderline Events team look forward to welcoming you to the race.

Who’s your money on? Can Tahnee or Manon steal the jersey from Rach? Will Greg hold onto the jersey another year or will a flying Danny Hart spoil the party? We’ll have to wait and see!

Head over to Borderline Events’ website for full event details and entries.