The 2nd round of the Scottish Power supported National Youth Series - Mini downhill race - is being held at the Nevis Range in Fort William tomorrow.   Nearly 40 kids as young as 8 will be challenging themselves, the clock and other riders to see how fast they can go downhill !! great fun ! once they try it once they get to do it all again and see if they can go faster.   Results will be posted here.

The National Youth Series starts the year with Downhill racing followed closely by Road Racing, Track Racing and BMX racing !! lots of racing opportunities for our stars of the future.

What is a Mini Downhill .....

What is a Mini Downhill I hear you ask? Downhill mountain biking is a fast and exciting sport, pitting man and machine against the clock.  Each rider has to ride a set course comprising of jumps, drops, roots, rocks, twists and turns.  The aim is to complete the course in the fastest time you can.

Mini downhill is just like the real thing but miniature! Shorter courses, smaller bikes (no need for full suspension!) and younger riders but it has all of the passion, excitement and drama of racing! The Mini Downhill Series will provide young downhill riders, aged between 8 and 16 years of age, their first taste of downhill mountain bike racing. The podium places from each event will be invited to compete at the final at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, Fort William

Bob MacFarlane, Scottish Cycling’s Events Development Officer said: ‘Last year’s mini downhill series was a resounding success and with addition of ScottishPower’s support we believe with the help and support of our fantastic clubs, officials and volunteers it’s going to be the best yet!  The series gives young riders a chance to try downhill racing in a safe and secure environment. We are delighted to announce that the finalists will also get the chance to compete at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, Fort William in our Mini Downhill Final!

The UCI Mountain Bike World Cup is one of the main highlights in the mountain bike racing calendar, where the world’s best riders come to Scotland to compete in the international level competition and race in front of huge crowds of cheering fans. We are delighted to offer our finalists this experience of a life time.”

Dates for the up and coming events are followed:

Newmilns – 20th April 2013 – Click here to enter

Fort William – 4th May 2013 – Click here to enter

Stirling – 19th May 2013 - Click here to enter

Perth – 2nd June 2013 – Click here to enter

Mini Downhill Final – 08th June 2013