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World class bikers head to North Yorkshire


8:21am 20th May 2011
(Updated 12:48pm 20th May 2011)

Mountain bikers from across the globe will be heading for Yorkshire on the weekend of 21/22 May as the UCI Cross Country Mountain Bike World Cup returns to Dalby Forest.

The spectacular event is being staged in the 3,440 hectare beauty spot near Pickering, with a thrilling road race through Pickering on Friday (20 May, 5pm) raising the curtain on great mountain bike action.

Last year Dalby got top marks from the UCI - cycling's governing body - and from racing teams who rated it as the top World Cup venue on the international circuit.  

Nearly 11,000 fans watched the fabulous action unfold and this time round another bumper gate is predicted.  

Alan Eves, Forest Management Director:

"The weekend will be one of the biggest mountain bike events in Britain before the London Olympics with many riders pushing for qualification points to compete in next year's Games".

A giant tented village in Adderstone Field will be the centrepiece of Dalby's World Cup weekend with trade and exhibition space sold out.

Engineers have also made tweaks to the World Cup course.

The Forestry Commission's Martin O'Vastar:

"The length has been shortened and the aptly named Worry Gill, which forced many bikers to dismount and run with their bikes, has been made slightly easier so more riders can  stay in the saddle.  It's still a tough ask, but this is the sport's pinnacle."

The Forestry Commission at Dalby has also been advising the designers of the Olympic cross country mountain bike course being built in Essex.  That event will replace the Dalby World Cup round next year, but top racing is expected to return to North Yorkshire in 2013.  

Spectator tickets are available from here

They will also be available on the gate.

Key times:

5pm  Pickering town centre - Pro Sprint Eliminator

10.30am  World Cup Olympic Cross Country juniors
12.30pm  World Cup Olympic Cross Country Under 23 men
3pm   Dalby Dare

10.45am   World Cup Olympic Cross Country - Women Elite
12.45 Dixon Dare
2pm  World Cup Olympic Cross Country - Men Elite


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