The British Cycling HSBC UK National Downhill Championships will take place this weekend at Glencoe, Scotland on July 21st and 22nd.
Organised by the Scottish Downhill Association and with the support of Schwalbe Tyres, the race promises to be a showdown between the UK’s fastest downhill mountain bike racers with a chance to take home the coveted National Championship title.
Whilst the British National Series title is won by accumulating points over several races, the Champs race is a one-off, single event where racers get just one race run to take home the National Champion title in their category.
Alongside the kudos of being crowned National Champion, winners earn the right to wear the National Champs jersey for the following year.
Defending elite National Champions Rachel Atherton and Greg Williamson will both appear at Glencoe this weekend and face stiff competition. The men’s Elite field is particularly strong with over 50 of the UK’s fastest signed up, including World Champion Danny Hart, World number 8 Laurie Greenland and previous National Series Champion Charlie Hatton.
Championship titles can be won by riders in the following categories – men and women’s Senior Championships, men and women’s Junior, men and women’s Juvenile, men and women’s Youth and Masters, Veterans and Grand Veterans.
Prize money is also available for the men’s and women’s Elite and Junior categories, with equal prize money for both men and women.
The track and the venue
The track is a true one-off in British racing, hosted by Glencoe Mountain Resort and sat deep in the Rannoch Moor area of outstanding natural beauty with stunning views all around. It is one of the UK’s most technical downhill tracks and is fast, rocky, rough and open for its duration.
The race track will be taped out from Friday 20th July and available for riders to walk the course, with official practice all day on Saturday and Sunday morning.
Spectators are welcome
As with all British National events, spectators are welcome. The Glencoe Mountain Resort cafe will be open and serving freshly prepared food and drink from local suppliers to keep spectators and racers fuelled up.
Entries are now closed for the race and are not available in advance or on the day.
FRIDAY 20 JULY
09:00 22:00 Venue open
09:15 15:00 Chairlift open with bike access
15:00 17:30 Commissaire course walk / inspection
16:00 Course open for on-foot inspection
15:00 20:00 Registration office open
22.00 Venue and café closes
SATURDAY 21 JULY
07:00 Venue open. Course open for on-foot inspection
07:30 11:30 Café / Registration office open
07:30 Marshal, media, commissaire, organiser, first aid, chief marshal briefing
08:30 1st Chairlift – Marshals and Medics
09:15 1st Chairlift – Riders
09:30 Training – all categories EXCLUDING Elite / Expert
10:30 Training – all categories
15:00 Full runs only DHI
17:00 Training – Expert / Elite and top 5 ranked Juniors
17:30 Last gondola
18:00 DH Course closed
18:15 Riders / Managers meeting
18:30 Course open for on-foot inspection
23:00 Café / Venue closed
SUNDAY 22 JULY
07:30 Café/ Venue open
08:00 Marshal, media, commissaire, organiser, first aid, chief marshal briefing
08:15 1st chairlift
08:45 Training – All categories, full runs only
10:45 11:00 Training – ELITE only
11:15 Seeding runs
14:30 Race runs
17:45 Presentation – top 3 each class
19:00 Venue closed and cleared.
The race is being held at:
White Corries Ski Centre,
The postcode for Glencoe Mountain Resort is PH49 4HZ.
Glasgow and Edinburgh both offer frequent UK and international connections.
Fort William train station offers daily connections to and from Glasgow.
For more information on the event you can visit British Cycling’s website here:
org.uk/zuvvi/media/bc_files/ mtb/2018/20180703-MTB-DHI- TECHNICAL-GUIDE-BRITISH- CHAMPS-GLENCOE_2018.pdf
You can visit the Scottish Downhill Association website here: