Enter the HSBC UK National Downhill Series Presented by GT Bicycles.
There are three simple steps to enter the British Cycling’s National Downhill Mountain Bike Series. You must first purchase a membership card directly from British Cycling in either Silver or Gold, this allows you to purchase a ‘Full Race Licence’.
Your membership is valid from the day you purchase it and is valid for 12 months. You can therefore purchase it on whatever day of the year you so wish. Ideally, you should purchase your membership at the same time of purchasing your race licence. Purchase your membership HERE.
When asked if you are a member of a club please insert ‘British Downhill Series’ to help ensure we have a bigger voice within British Cycling.
The second step is to purchase a ‘Full Race’ licence directly from British Cycling. You can renew this either by phone by calling 0161 274 2010 or online HERE. You can purchase your licence now even though it will have a start date of the 1st of January 2017. Your licence lasts for 12 months and will expire on the 31st of December 2017.
Please note the membership and race licence comes as one double-sided card that has the licence on one side and your membership on the other. Ensure this is signed and a recent passport style photograph is attached prior to attending the National Series events you have entered.
The third step is to ENTER HERE.
Mountain biking is an inherently dangerous sport with the distinct possibility of severe injuries, or even worse. No matter where you ride or how well you know the course you should never ride beyond your skill level and always ride in control and in a sensible manner. Riding in control does not just mean being able to stop, it also means having the requisite skills to recognise and avoid potentially dangerous situations on the course. You must also be able to recognise where it is safe to stop on the course. Avoiding accidents with other riders is an essential mountain biking skill.
Riders must use the course in a sensible manner compatible with their level of experience. Riders should walk the course, observing current ground conditions, making yourself aware of any obstacles prior to riding the course. We ask riders to accept that they will ride the course at their own risk and accept that no liability can be accepted by the event organisers.
Register your Club / Team with British Cycling.
If you are part of a team and want your club or team name and sponsors to appear on the British Cycling website for your results and rankings, then click this link HERE. Please note regardless if your team / club name and sponsors are not registered with British Cycling, they will all still appear on the results distributed by the National Series.
-Commercial Named and UCi Teams such as Madison Saracen the cost is £190.00 for the main name and £67.00 per additional sponsor.
-None Commercial teams such as Rave Racing the cost is £95.00 for the main name and £67.00 per additional sponsor.
-UCi Registered teams such as Madison Saracen who are based in the U.K still have to register as a commercial team. The cost is £188.00 for the main name and £66.0 per additional sponsor.
The National Series welcomes International riders of all ages wishing to compete. You will have to register yourself with British Cycling (no cost). You do not need to ‘Log in’, click on the tab to the left that says ‘Register’ then enter the events you so wish. This is the link HERE.
Please enter via the link above (you do not need to enter any licence number or licence details). Please note you will have to bring your valid race licence from your national federation to race registration.
Riders from Northern Ireland with a Northern Ireland Cycling Federation (NICF) race licence and membership: You do not need any British Cycling points to enter. Just enter via the link above. Please note you will have to bring your valid race licence and membership from the NICF to race registration.
All category entries are now live.
The price is £95.00 per entry (Plus a £1.00 booking fee) and is available through the British Cycling website. On the day entries will be available if available at £100.00 payable by cash trackside.
British Cycling Ranking Points are explained HERE.
British Cycling’s National Rankings list is HERE.
2017 Dates and venues:
Round 2 – 13th/14th May – Fort William, Inverness-shire – LESS THAN 20 SPACES AVAILABLE!
Round 3 – 17th/18th June – Rhyd-Y-Felin, Bala – SPACES AVAILABLE!
Round 4 – 29th/30th July- Moelfre, Powys – SPACES AVAILABLE!
Round 5 – 19/20th August – Llangollen, Clwyd – SPACES AVAILABLE!
Round 6 – 16th/17th September – Hopton, Shropshire- SPACES AVAILABLE!
Which category do I enter?
Schwalbe Elite Men – If you are an Elite male rider.
Schwalbe Elite Women – If you are an Elite female rider.
X-Fusion Expert Men – If you are ranked as a British Expert rider.
Atherton Racing Junior Women – Riders in the year of their 14th to 18th birthday.
Uberbikes Women – Female rider in the year of their 19th birthday or older.
DMR Juvenile – Riders must be in the year of their 13th or 14th birthday.
We advise Juvenile riders looking into racing their first year of racing in the Juvenile category at the National Series to firstly race a mini-downhill event in the ‘Ripper’ category at a regional event to ensure the young rider has some race experience.
Youth – Riders in the year of their 15th or 16th birthday.
Spank Junior Men – Riders in the year of their 17th or 18th birthday.
PRO Tharsis Senior – Riders in the year of their 19th to 29th birthday.
NS Bikes Master – For riders aged 30 to 39.
Dainese Veteran – For riders aged 40 plus.
Grand Veterans aged 50 plus. Providing there are three or more riders pre-entered into each event, the National Series will run a Grand Veterans category. If there are less than three riders pre-entered the Grand Veterans will be absorbed into the Veterans category.
Please make sure you are aware of the National Series refunds and exchange policy as listed HERE.
The National Series does not limit the number of riders in any category, we only limit the total number of riders at each event to 250 paying riders. There is no reserve list available as we initially overfill each round.
Note: On the online system when entering, if you do not have a sponsor please just type ‘n/a’. Please include your mobile / cell phone number as this will allow the National Series Team to send you vital race information, like your race results, directly to your mobile phone.
Photography/Videography: At times all participants may be photographed by the media present at the event. If you wish to be exempt from being photographed, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org stating your name, category and race number. Otherwise you may find that the media may hold the rights to use the images resulting from the photography/video filming. For images obtained by National Series appointed media, their reproductions or adaptations of the images maybe used for fundraising, publicity or other purposes to help achieve the National Series aims of promoting the events. This might include (but is not limited to), the right to use them in their printed and online publicity, social media, press releases and funding applications.
Q. Can I speak to someone? A. Yes of course. Telephone Si Paton 07968 229 359 or e-mail email@example.com.
Q. Do I have to enter all six events? A. You can enter one or as many events as you like.
Q. Is there a limit to the number of riders in a category? A. There is no limit, we could have 250 Juniors enter for example.
Q. Do I have to attend both days? A. Yes, you must sign on on either Friday evening or on Saturday morning and then complete two full practice runs of the race track before being able to compete on Sunday.
Q. What if I miss the sign on, on Saturday? A. You will not be allowed to practice or race.
Q. If I provide a marshal, will I get a free entry? A. You will have to enter yourself into the event. The transactions with marshals shall be a separate matter.
Q. If the event is sold out, will there be a reserve list? A. Apologies no.
Q. How much are entries? A. Entries are £95.00 each plus a £1.00 booking fee.
Q. Can you enter on the day? A. Yes, if spaces are available. Price will be £100.00 payable by cash.
Q. Is there a multi-entry discount? A. Apologies no.
Q. Is it the same price for all categories? A. Yes.
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