The series started out in 2010 and as we go into our 9th year with Dirt Wars UK, we’re as excited now as back then to see what’s going to happen this year with new riders, new tricks on freshly shaped jumps.
We continue as part of the FMB World Tour with all rounds being bronze-level events and we are stoked to announce we will be the only National Series sanctioned by the FMB.
We have a stacked series in store with some big changes – we’ve said goodbye to some of our old venues and sponsors and are welcoming some new ones.
For 2018 the series will be backed by Rose Bikes as our title sponsor. Rose have been turning out amazing gravity fed and jump bikes for years (as well as every other type of bike you can think of) and we are totally stoked to have them on board. The new Rose Rad Squad have been throwing the Soulfire, The Jester, and The Bruce around for the last year and have had some amazing results with the Rose brand. Rose are offering a whole host of prizes ranging from a complete bike to Rose t-Shirts. We are really looking forward to working with these guys this year.
As well as Rose Bikes we have an awesome sponsorship line up of:
Smuggling Duds (SD) – have been with us since day 1 and we are honoured for them to be with us for 2018, supplying our winners with the best boxer shorts in the world.
PraiseWorthy Apparel – Welsh Clothing brand, Praiseworthy, will be on the scene as our official clothing sponsor for 2018. Not only will our crew be kitted out in PW clothing but we will be giving away hoodies, tracksuits, t-shirts, hats, water bottles and a host of other goodies throughout the series.
Kore Components – We love Kore products as they are so well made with attention to detail and strength. This is the second year for Kore on-board DWUK and are supplying bars, stems, rims, pedals, grips, saddles and posts from their awesome range.
Melon Optics – If they’re good enough for British legend and ‘King of the Oi Oi’ Ben Deakin, then we want them on-board DWUK. Melon Optics have become huge in the eyewear side of the bike industry and are one of a few companies that let you design your own goggles and glasses. Melon will be supplying some of our winners their own custom-designed products.
Muc-Off – Fresh on-board for 2018 to help clean up the banter and bikes at each round of the series. They will be supplying our winners with full bike valeting kits to keep their bikes looking shiny.
Triple8 Protection – Triple8 not only make the best skate protection in the world, they also make bike protection to keep riders safe whilst at the jumps or on the trails, we are stoked to have them offering helmets, pads and gloves as well as a whole bunch of apparel.
Sprayground – For those of you who don’t know (where have you been?), Sprayground are the leading brand for backpacks globally. They’ll be supplying our winners with some of the most stylish packs on the planet!!!
There are more sponsors TBC, and we will be release more details soon.
Dates and Venues
We will be kicking off this year’s series at the legendary trail spot of Chicksands in Bedfordshire. Chicksands has been a venue for DWUK for a number of years now. It’s always proved to be an awesome venue to get the series going and a chance for the riders to get their comp heads on ready for the rest of the series.
Next, we will be heading over to the home of Essex dirt – Radical Bike Park. This will be the third time we have used Radical as a venue for DWUK and last year it proved to be an awesome spot for a round of the series. We know the guy’s have been working hard all winter on the jumps and we can’t wait.
NASS is back and bigger and more mental than ever. The course design looks amazing and this will be our biggest prize purse of the series. £2,000 will be up for grabs as well as a whole host of prizes from our series sponsors too. Altogether, the prize purse will be way over £4,500. The music lineup is looking off the hook with the likes of Dizzee Rascal, Damian Marley, Run DMC, Bugzy Malone, De La Soul, Andy C, Wilkinson, Stefflon Don and many many more. DWUK will be taking over the jumps between the BMX World Championships.
The fourth round is one of our new venue’s and will be held at Ramps in Llanelli, Wales. Owner Adam Williams will be building a dirt jump park on the land situated to the right of the skatepark. This will be an awesome new spot for dirt jumping in the UK with jumps of all shapes and sizes for beginners straight through to pros. The Comp line will be the first jumps to be built at the park in the next few months.
There is only one way to jump to the moon and that’s on a Rocket so we are super stoked to announce we will be returning to Rocket World for round 5. Chris ‘Rocket’ Rose and his DirtKraft team will be building a three-hit course at Rocket World with a few of the Dirt Wars crew, and we seriously can’t wait to see it. This is gonna be one awesome round.
The final round will see us back at Freddy’s yard in East Devon possibly with a few additions and tweaks to the course we built last year. This is the biggest slopestyle course in the UK. This round will also see the overall podiums for the series.
Round 1 – Chicksands Bike Park, Bedfordshire. 20th May 2018
Round 2 – Radical Bike Park, Essex. 10th Jun 2018
Round 3 – NASS Festival, Shepton Mallet. 6-8th Jul 2018
Round 4 – Ramps Dirt Jumps, Llanelli. 5th Aug 2018
Round 5 – Rocket World Henstridge, Dorset. 26th Aug 2018
Round 6 –Shute Woods (Freddy’s Yard), Devon. 16th Sep 2018
Entry will stay the same as 2017 with riders paying £40 per round (except NASS, details soon) and spectating is as always free so why not come along and watch some of the top dirt jump and slopestyle riders in the UK throw it down and also show your support for the UK’s up and coming talent…
See you all at Chicksands
The Dirt Wars Crew