New World Cup cross-country course in Yorkshire

Dalby Forest route nearing completion

The Forestry Commission are putting the finishing touches to a World Cup standard cross-country course in Dalby Forest, near Pickering, North Yorkshire.

The four-mile (6.5km) route will be put to the test for the first time on 10 May when it is used for the British Mountain Bike Race Series.

A bid is in the pipeline for Dalby to host a round of the Nissan UCI Cross-Country Mountain Bike World Cup next year. A decision is expected in June.

The route will be incorporated into Dalby’s 55km mountain bike network, opened in 2007 at a cost of £400,000. Some of the World Cup course will be open to the public, but other sections will be off-limits. 

Alan Eves, forest management director with the Forestry Commission, said: “The new trail is a big investment for the future, giving Dalby Forest a world class competition route which can be used time and time again. With big climbs, fast descents and technically demanding features, we’re confident it will live up to its billing as a course for the sport’s elite.”

The trail was months in the planning, with environmental assessments carried out to ensure bikers steer clear of sensitive wildlife habitats and archaeological sites. Over 2,000 tonnes of locally sourced stone has been used to surface it.

Mr Eves said: “Developments are happening thick and fast, with the bid about to be lodged and the test event imminent. We have had British Cycling officials visiting Dalby to check progress and help us produce the best possible course.”

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