This video takes you through what to expect at your first Downhill race. Once you reach a level where you are confident tackling most trails, you can think about giving downhill a go. There are a number of different regional events you can try. Downhill races start with practice runs, when riders can learn the course and set-up their bikes for the particular demands of the terrain and the conditions. Practice is followed by a timed run, often used to seed riders for the final, with the fastest rider from the timed run going last, which always builds tension and excitement.
Find out more about getting into Downhill Mountain Biking here - https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/getintomountainbiking
To improve your general mountain biking skills, watch our Trail Smart videos here - https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/trailsmart