Top Olympic, international and national mountain bikers made their way to Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire on Sunday 10 May 2009.
Over 500 racers took part in the second round of the British Mountain Bike Race Series, which also served as a test event for bringing the UCI Mountain Bike Cross Country World Cup to Dalby Forest in 2010.
In the men's races British Olympic mountain bikers Liam Killeen and Oli Beckingsale were joined by Team Halfords Bikehut rider and National Under-23 Champion David Fletcher, Australian Olympian and Torq Australia UCI Team leader Dan McConnell and Irish Olympian National Champion Robin Seymour.
In the women's races National Champion Jenny Copnall battled it out on the new World Cup course with riders such as New Zealand Olympic rider Rosara Joseph, Olympic road racing star and Team Halfords Bikehut rider Sharon Laws, round one runner up and New Zealand Marathon Champion Jenn O'Connor, Australian Series Champion and Torq Australia UCI team rider Katherine O'Shea and 2007 Australian National Championship bronze rider Kate Potter.
The event showed just how popular the new World Cup course is with top riders and gave a flavour of what a great event the World Cup will be. It was part of the British Mountain Bike Race series. For full details visit www.britishxc.co.uk or view race reports, pics and results at new.britishcycling.org.uk/mtb