Earlier today British Cycling announced the dates the 2018 HSBC UK National Downhill Series and HSBC UK National Downhill Championships, which will take place in Glencoe from July 21-22.
Jonathan Day, British Cycling’s head of sport, said: “We’re delighted to announce the dates for the 2018 HSBC UK National Downhill Series after a fantastic series in 2017, and it’s great that we’re able to bring the HSBC UK National Downhill Championships to Glencoe for the first time.” Read the full story on British Cycling here.
2018 HSBC UK National Downhill Series
Fort William (C1)
30 June-1 July
2018 HSBC UK National Downhill Championships
Following a standout first year at Reschenpass, Italy, the Suzuki Nine Knights MTB returns to South Tyrol with a fresh take on last year’s impressive course. The “Focus Become a Knight” video contest launches a search for new talent to join Sam Reynolds (GBR) Nicholi Rogatkin (USA), Szymon Godziek (POL), Antoine Bizet (FRA) and many more for the week-long supersession, running from the 4th to the 9th of September, 2017.
Extended Course With New Elements
Brit Sam Reynolds yet again teamed up with Austrians Andi Brewi and Clemens Kaudela from Balzamico Trail Design to continue building on last year’s success. The versatile course for 2017 combines flowy lines with progressive freestyle elements offering multiple opportunities to link together longer runs with bigger tricks. Built along the avalanche mound at Haideralm in the Venosta Valley, the course includes a longer flow line, a new big bike jump line, and four different kicker options to take mountainbiking to new heights.
“The Reschenpass venue was incredible for the Suzuki Nine Knights MTB 2016,” course designer Sam Reynolds says. “Now that we have a solid foundation to build on, our massive new set-up will open the door to some world first tricks and even more creative lines. I can’t wait to get building!”
Freeride Sponsorship and Wildcards
Two amateur or pro riders can win wildcards to join invited athletes thanks to the ‘Focus Become a Knight’ online video contest. In addition to the wildcard, Focus Bikes is offering a one-year sponsorship for their favourite Freeride category submission featuring a talented non-bike sponsored rider with killer freeride and big bike skills. Meanwhile, the open category entries can highlight dirt jumps, slopestyle tricks, as well as freeride skills.
Submission deadline is the 22nd of August 2017. For more detailed information head to www.nineknightsmtb.com.
Public Contest Day
The culmination of the week’s film and photo sessions; the public contest day, will take place on Saturday the 9th of September and feature some of the biggest MTB tricks ever displayed. Pack up your sunscreen and join us at Reschenpass, South Tyrol, Italy for the final showdown.
Versatile Routes and Expert Service
No matter if you prefer short and easy or long and difficult tours, tricky singletrack and flow trails or the adrenaline-fueled downhill runs – the bike region Saalfelden Leogang is perfect for advanced cyclists as well as for beginners. The Pinzgau region offers 720 kilometers of mountain bike trails for all skill levels and 480 kilometers of valley cycling paths – simply a paradise for bikers.
“As a multi-faced cycling region, we’re eager to inspire not only the professional riders but also the beginner to explore the area on two wheels,” says Marco Pointner, CEO of the Saalfelden Leogang Tourism Bureau.
Whether downhiller, freerider or dirt jumper – everyone who’s into biking should visit Europe’s largest and most prestigious bike park in Saalfelden Leogang. The Pinzgau bike hot spot also serves as the venue for the UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup – the only Mountain Bike World Cup in Austria. The bike park hosted the UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships (the biggest mountain bike event in the world) in 2012. By the way, the countdown is on, because Saalfelden Leogang will welcome the World Championships in 2020 once again. So after a break of eight years, the downhill medal-winners will be crowned again in the Pinzgau region.
A Variety of Trails for Professionals and Beginners
“Hot Shots” is the name of the 3.5 kilometers (2.17 miles) long flow trail, which leads from the top station to the middle station of the local mountain, the Asitz. Following the latest trends, this trail has been adapted to the needs of GoPro users: the two-meter-wide trail not only passes through the forest and stunning natural scenery, but also provides for easier stretches of tables, rolls and feeder jumps, making action-packed GoPro videos possible.
Since the beginning of June, the new 1.5 kilometers (0.9 miles) long single trail “Matzalm-Trail” has opened. The beautiful trail with rooty sections and several narrow turns leads past the Matzalm and Embachalm and guarantees a stunning view.
The famous Saalfelden, Leogang also has easy and challenging routes in store for passionate road cyclists: be it Austria’s highest mountain, the Grossglockner, on the Kaiser Tour; or, if you prefer, you can opt for the leisurely Steinberg Tour at your own pace and enjoy the beautiful scenery around the Lofer and Leogang Mountains.
Fun for Beginners
But of course, Saalfelden Leogang has a thing or two up its sleeve for beginners, as well: In the 10,000 square meter riders playground, beginners can push themselves to their personal limits. A total of eight wooden and fifteen dirt features – none higher than 50 centimeters – provide a convenient obstacle course for those who still want to practice a bit before taking on Bike Park. In addition, beginners – young and old alike – have the opportunity to try out the various aspects of the sport – and develop a passion for it – on the pumptrack and the practice trail. It’s also possible to capture daredevil bike stunts on video with a GoPro on the GoPro bag jump. A large airbag cushions the long downward jump but offers enough resistance to continue the ride. In the new GoPro Lounge at the Asitz base station, hikers and bikers can also inform themselves about the newest GoPro offers while relaxing after a strenuous ride.
Saalfelden Leogang is part of the largest e-bike region in the world and is the ideal place for long bike rides for every age group. You can cover a distance of 70 kilometers with one battery. The battery can be recharged or replaced anytime at nearby gas stations, partner hotels, sporting goods stores or mountain chalets, while you take a break. E-biking is the perfect alternative for those who still need to work on their endurance, but don’t want to miss those bike rides.
Images by Klemens Koenig
Cam McCaul is the voice of slopestyle during live broadcasts on Red Bull TV. The 31-year-old American belongs to the Freeride Hall of Fame and won Red Bull District Ride back in 2006. All the action from the finals will be available on Red Bull TV on September 2 with his commentary.
Video by: Good Fortune Collective & Goldstein Productions
Ready for 2018, five new trails are being built adding fifteen kilometres to the park’s trail inventory, equalling an increase of 20% more lift accessed riding. Accessed directly from the Creekside Gondola, from Garbanzo Express/Upper Whistler Village Gondola, and from Top of the World, the new trails will be a mix of machine-built freeride and hand-built technical single track suitable for the intermediate and expert level rider. The zone is being developed to ride well for both all-mountain trail bikes and DH.
Phase 1 build plan.
This mix of trail types will give the zone more diversity, allowing a larger range of riders the ability to access it while ensuring advanced riders keep coming back. All while maintaining the personality and atmosphere that makes Creekside so special.
The Dream Build Team
The new expansion will be split between three of the world’s premier trail building teams based in Whistler. The Whistler Mountain Bike Park Trail Crew will be tackling the main machine-built low intermediate trail as well as teaming up with Gravity Logic on a low footprint machine-built single track. Gravity Logic will build two additional trails including a hand-built single track and another low footprint single track trail accessed from Highway 86. Joyride Bike Parks will be taking the final trail and making it a machine-built intermediate freeride. The purpose of this all-star build team is to ensure the trails are built with individual flavours allowing for the most diversity and a fresh approach. Each will be uniquely built giving riders a new experience on each one.
Gravity Logic is well underway on their machine-built freeride trail in the lower Creekside Zone.
The start of one of the tech trails through Creekside’s ultra green forest.
A new zone allows for a lot of creativity and cutting of new lines.
Creekside is the new gold mine for some of Whistler’s best dirt.
Sections are coming together, bit by bit.
Flagging some fresh tech.
Got the feels of Blueberry Bath Tub.
It is anticipated that all five new Creekside trails will be ready to ride for next summer’s planned opening of the Creekside Gondola in June. It is also possible that some sections of the expansion will be available to ride before the end of this season but stay tuned for updates.
The new guy, Zander Geddes, helping to ride it in.
Lula cutting in the technical line.
Some impressive bridge and feature work are being built in order to link up the trails through the rugged terrain.
Lula approving of her husband’s work.
Zander getting up to race speed.
An early taste of something that will only get better.
Hopefully more of this to come later this year.
Looking even further in the future, the Master Plan for Creekside includes a total of 56km of trails that stretch from tree line to valley floor giving riders even more options when descending from Top of the World and the Garbanzo Zone. In anticipation, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park Trail Crew are developing several new trails within the existing park for this purpose. But for now, 15km is a great start.
Riders arriving to Whistler this season can currently access the park from the Creekside Gondola and take advantage of free, secure underground parking, delicious Dusty’s BBQ, bike repair and shopping at GBB Creekside, and fewer lift lines.
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Photography by: Clint Trahan
Top of the World Update – Opening This Saturday
Thanks to Mother Nature’s warm and consistent temperatures so far this summer, along with some much needed acceleration by Trail Crew, riding from the summit of Whistler Mountain will be open this Saturday. There will still be many sections where the Top of the World trail will be covered in snow but Trail Crew has been able to remove as much as possible allowing riders to descend through the alpine. As the summer heat continues the trail will only get better and better.
To purchase your Top of the World ticket visit Guest Services or call 1-800-766-0449.