Format Revealed For Dalby World Cup
British Cycling has revealed further details of the exciting format for the first round of the UCI Mountain Bike Cross-Country World Cup event which will take place between 23 and 25 April in Dalby Forest, Yorkshire.
Friday Evening - Pro Sprint Eliminator
The Pro Sprint Eliminator will kick the weekend off on Friday evening (23 April) with over 100 riders battling head to head for a big cash prize at the end of the night along a tight and technical urban circuit.
A short presentation will take place after the completion of the Pro Sprint Eliminator before the organisers hand over to the town of Pickering who will entertain spectators into the rest of the evening.
Saturday - The Dalby Dare & Junior World Cup
Saturday's (24 April) action will begin with the Junior World Cup for 16-18 year olds followed by ‘Dalby Dare' where the public will have an opportunity to challenge the World Cup course ahead of elite riders. Nearly 400 people will be able to test their skills and compare their time against the pro riders the next day.
Sunday - World Cup Racing
The weekend will come to a climax on Sunday (25 April) with four hours of thrilling racing on the brand new Dalby course in the Elite Men's and Women's World Cup events. The course has been designed so spectators will be able to watch the action up close from a number of great vantage points.
A Go-Ride exhibition race will take place between the Elite Women's and Men's races, showcasing the skills of potential future stars of Mountain Biking. Several Go-Ride clubs from around the country will tackle laps of a challenging circuit that includes sections of the new World Cup course including ‘Dixon's Hollow'.
Bike and Tourism Exposition
In addition to the weekend's exciting Mountain Biking programme, there will be a bike and tourism exposition, bike retailer points of sale and a number of food and drink stalls. There will also be a British Cycling stand, a Go-Ride zone, where children can pick up racing skills, and mountain bike fans will be able to get up close to the team technical areas where they can watch riders and support staff at work 'behind the scenes.'
Action from the 2009 test event at the venue
Jonny Clay, British Cycling's Cycle Sport and Membership Director, said: "We are really excited about the plans we have in place for the weekend. The World Cup is intended to be thrilling and entertaining but is only one aspect of what will be an inspirational few days for those who make the journey to Yorkshire."
"Elite racing and events such as the Dalby Dare and Pro Sprint Eliminator will not only provide entertainment but hopefully help us encourage more people of all ages to cycle more themselves, whether for fun, fitness or transport.
"By staging elite level events such as this World Cup and developing world-class facilities such as the Dalby Forest course, we are providing future generations of cyclists in Britain with opportunities to compete for international glory at World and Olympic level on home turf"
British Cycling is working in close partnership with UK Sport, Welcome to Yorkshire, Yorkshire Forward and the Forestry Commission, with the support of a number of local partners including Ryedale Council and North Yorkshire County Council, to deliver the event.
Members of British Cycling are entitled to a 10% discount on tickets. Day and weekend passes are available for purchase via www.ticketmaster.co.uk or by calling 0844 847 2387. For more information please visit www.yorkshiremtbworldcup.co.uk