Rhyd-Y-Felin to stage 2020 HSBC UK | National Downhill Championships

Rhyd-Y-Felin to stage 2020 HSBC UK | National Downhill Championships

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Rhyd-y-Felin has been announced as the host venue for next year’s HSBC UK | National Downhill Championships, which will take place over the weekend of July 11 and 12.

The championships return to the Welsh venue for the first time since 2017, when Rachel Atherton and Greg Williamson claimed the national titles.

2020 event organiser, Si Paton, said:

“We are honoured and proud that British Cycling has entrusted the HSBC UK | National Downhill Championships to us. The whole team is thankful that we have been recognised for our hard work, dedication to the sport and vision over the last 12 years.

“Rhyd-y-Felin is a brilliant venue and offers a challenging course fit for a national championships. In the past we’ve seen brilliant performances from British riders on the world stage, and it is vital that we have high-quality venues such as this to strengthen the current talent pool in Britain.”

The previous edition of the championships was also held in Wales, as Danny Hart and Stacey Fisher were triumphant in the elite categories at Revolution Bike Park in July.

Also confirmed today are the dates and venues for the HSBC UK | National Downhill Series. The series is to be delivered by three different organisers, which this year begins in Rheola in April and concludes at Caersws in September.

Fort William will stage the second round of the series, which will once again be a UCI C1 event and precede the world cup round, which will take place at the venue three weeks later.

Round three will take place at Llangollen, which is back on the calendar after a two-year absence, while the series will then return to Innerleithen for the first time since 2014.

Joe Breeden and Becci Skelton claimed the elite titles across this year’s series.

2020 HSBC UK | National Downhill Series dates:

Round 1: 18-19 April - Rheola

Round 2: 16-17 May – Fort William (C1)

Round 3: 27-28 June - Llangollen

Round 4: 8-9 August - Innerleithen

Round 5: 26-27 September – Caersws

2020 HSBC UK | National Downhill Championships:

11-12 July – Rhyd-y-Felin