From British Cycling Website –
British Cycling has confirmed that the process to apply to host one of the six rounds of the 2018 HSBC UK | National Downhill Series will open shortly, whilst the organisation has also paid tribute to outgoing series organiser, Simon Paton.
Mr Paton has been in charge of the organisation of the country’s premier downhill series since 2008, and British Cycling’s director of cycling, Jonny Clay, has hailed his contribution to the series.
“Simon Paton has played a big role in the development of the National Downhill Series, and he will be a hard act to follow. That said we are determined to see the series continue to grow, starting in 2018.
“British Cycling and HSBC UK will continue to fully support any new organisers interested in tendering for the series or an event within the series, and we look forward to the HSBC UK | National Downhill Series going from strength to strength.”
Tender applications will be open soon, and more details will be available on the British Cycling website.
Wideopen Mag got this quote from Si Paton –
“I formally handed my notice in to British Cycling last month.
My personal circumstances have changed. That, combined with a decrease in numbers has put a financial strain on the series and meant I’ve had to personally fund it out of my own pocket. That’s not financially viable and for that reason, I’m out.
It’s been a great honour to work with all the riders, the marshals, the spectators and everyone that has made it the best series in the World. I wish the new organisers every success – I look forward to racing some of their events in the vets category.”
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