2010 MTB Regional Racing Guide

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2010 Regional Racing Guide
Regional XC Events | Regional DH Events | British Cycling Racing Calendar

With all the British Mountain Bike Series' and Championship events announced, we take a look at the regional races which will become the staple of your 2010 race calendar.

The South West

Martyn Salt's Soggy Bottom series continues in rude health with a four round series which incorporates such regional competitions as Battle of the Bottom Borders. And now there's a summer racing fix thanks to prolific racing duo Maddie and Jay Horton. They've launched the Fully Sussed series which has four weekend races with British Cycling points and five weekday evening races which all happen at Haldon.

Through winter there's the Kustom Bikes Series at Combe Sydenham, with the new Woodland-Riders four race series running into late spring, all rounds being held at Tavistock Forest with all profits going to trail improvements at Gawton and Tavistock.

The South

Alongside hosting the British XC Championships, British Marathon Championships and a round of the British XC Series, the Southern XC crew also have their regular series planned. Fully British Cycling affiliated, this series sits alongside the Gorrick races to create a hotbed of mountain bike events across the south.

UK Bikepark in Blandford, Dorset will reopen for racing in 2010 with some major improvements and re-makes of the tracks that proved so popular in previous years. With both winter and summer series' there will be a chance to race downhill throughout the season and three fourcross events in summer. Slightly further north there will be three downhill races at the classic venue of Aston Hill.

The East

Back for 2010 is a brand-new XC series - Mud Sweat and Gears - offering riders who flocked to the Thetford Winter enduros a chance to give shorter course racing a go.

The Midlands

James Hampshire and Nadine Spearing come back for a third year of their popular Midlands XC series of races and the new British Short Track Championships.

Pearce Cycles, the stalwart of midlands downhill racing sets out a six race series including the Midland Championships.


A cross country series for Wales is still in the planning stage - as soon as we know the full details we'll post them.

Rebranded from the Dragon Downhill to the Welsh Downhill Mountain Bike Association, though the name changes the promise of great courses and challenging downhill racing from May through October. The organisers are also putting some hours into rebuilding the courses, so if you have a spare day, go lend a hand with the spade.

The North East

New for 2010 is the Nutcracker XC Series, promising to bring back NEMBA quality racing to the North East region. With six events already planned at legendary venues it will be great to see this new bunch of races get off to a good start.

The North West

Making a return for the third instalment is the Brownbacks Series. Based exclusively at Lee Quarry, the small trail centre is being expanded with new trail building taking place, giving wider scope for longer courses on more varied terrain. You're still probably going to be forced up that massive start climb a few times however!


The national series of Scotland, SXC provides the only opportunity for Scottish riders to get British Cycling ranking points, with a comprehensive calendar of seven events on the most technically challenging courses the UK has to offer.

Selling out in record time in 2008/9 the incredibly popular SDH Series looks to be no different in 2010, so make sure you stay up late and pre-enter to guarantee a spot on the line.