Elite Racing

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Over the course of the weekend 3 categories of Male and Female mountain bikers will compete for world cup points.

On Saturday the Junior men and Women will be first to take to the course followed by Under 23 Men.

On Sunday the Elite Women will race in the morning with under 23 women part of the same race. in the afternoon it’s the Elite Men who bring the event to a close.

Course

Spectator Hubs

Dixons Hollow
A familiar feature to anyone who has visited the forest before, Dixons Hollow is a man made mountain bike playground where twists and turns, bumps and berms beg the rider to push speed and control to the limits. As its name suggests, Dixons Hollow is a natural amphitheatre for spectators and its proximity to the main event village means it's sure to be a popular vantage point over the weekend.

Worry Gill
One of the crown jewels of this king of courses, Worry Gill is a quiet, eerie and magical place on most days of the year, a spiral of singletrack descents and climbs that eventually suck the rider down the drain pipe like valley of Worry Gill itself. On the day of the event this is sure to be transformed into a cacophony of noise as it offers a natural and extended gallery from which riders are in sight for a long time and there is more than one opportunity to come a cropper before they descend out of sight.

The long descent out of Worry Gill tempts riders to push hard, appearing easy in places but with ample opportunity to wipe out if tiredness or recklessness outpace skill and judgement as the lap reaches its most decisive phase.

Medusa's Drop
A precipitous zig-zag track that hangs off the hillside that leads to the Scout Field which is home to the Feed Zone on the course. Berms on the higher corners of the descent tempt speed but it's the bottom of the course that provides the big dilemma and the point where the race could be won or lost as each rider faces the choice of a direct but treacherous route to the scout field or a more flowing but longer way down. Get it right and it's the difference between victory and defeat. Get it wrong and the roles are reversed.