Hardtail downhill racing may be something of a Cinderella sport, not recognised as a separate category by the National Points Series and the UCI and consequently not generally invited to the big parties.
But unlike Cinders, hardtail aficionados have been known to gatecrash events in order to indulge their semi-sussed competitive natures, as was the case last year at the UK Downhill National Champs at Rheola.
This year having been rumbled and barred from the UK Nats, the HT fraternity has turned to the Welsh Championship at Mynydd Du on July 12 and 13 to grab a slice of competitive action and determine an unofficial British champion. It being a Welsh event, the organisers will, however, officially be able to crown a Welsh hardtail champ, though here is no chance that it will be the current holder of both titles, Nathan Ball, after the Welshman recently broke both wrists and an arm.
So, if you’re a hardtail rider and fancy a tilt glory, visit www.dragondownhill.co.uk and click on the Entry Forms tab.