BikeRadar Live: MBUK Eliminator dual slalom preview

We take a closer look at seven of the pro riders

The world’s top downhill and four-cross racers will go head-to-head in the MBUK Eliminator dual slalom at BikeRadar Live, which is set to produce hours of thrilling racing.

Confirmed riders so far include Steve Peat, Brian Lopes, Dan Atherton and Gee Atherton, Scott Beaumont, Roger Rinderknecht, Neil Donoghue, Jordan Gould, Alex Dick, Steve Taylor, James Norton, Rich Norton, Martin Ogden, Dale Russell and Nathan Parsons.

The course is being built at the heart of the BikeRadar Live mountain biking arena, with great viewing areas for the speed-hungry crowds. Here’s a rundown of seven of the riders who'll be competing:

Name: Steve Peat

Nationality: British

Rides for: Santa Cruz Syndicate

Top results: 2009 world downhill champion; 3 x World Cup champ; 8 x British champ; 2 x European champ; record 17 World Cup wins

Name: Brian Lopes

Nationality: American

Rides for: Ibis/Oakley

Top results: 2007 & 2005 world 4X champ; multiple national series downhill and dual slalom wins; 2004 national 4X champ

Name: Dan Atherton

Nationality: British

Rides for: Team Commencal

Top results: 2004 national 4X champ; 2008 World Cup 4X round winner

Name: Gee Atherton

Nationality: British

Rides for: Team Commencal

Top results: 2001 national downhill champ; 2007 European downhill champ; 2008 world downhill champ; 2008 World Cup downhill round winner; 2007 World Cup 4X round winner

Name: Scott Beaumont

Nationality: British

Rides for: Rocky Mountain Bicycles

Top results: 2008 & 2009 national 4X champion; 6th at 2008 World Championships; silver medal at 2006 European 4X Championships; 1995 and 1996 world BMX champ

Name: Roger Rinderknecht

Nationality: Swiss

Rides for: BMC

Top results: Second at 2006 & 2008 4X World Championships; countless World Cup podiums

Name: Neil Donoghue

Nationality: British

Rides for: Currently unsigned

Top results: Six medals at Elite level at British National Championships; multiple wins at national downhill races; top 10 finishes at World Cup level

About the course

Pro rider Will Longden has been putting in the preparation to create a truly manic race track. Will said: “The plan for the dual slalom is a traditional layout. This means lots of fast turns mixed with rollers and pump jumps for riders to carry speed down the trail. The track winds its way 250m down the hillside, ending with some great jumps into the finish area through twin arches with live timing clocks so the crowd can easily see what’s going on.”

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