Competitors will battle for a share of a £20,000 prize pool at BikeRadar Live, which takes place in Donington Park, UK, over the weekend of 30-31 May.
As most of the competitive events are dirt-focused, that’s where the money can be won.
The professionals in the Mountain Biking UK eliminator dual slalom will have a shot at a first prize of £3,000, with another £2,000 for second through fourth. We’re assembling a top notch field for this event, including The Athertons, Chris Kovarik, Ruaridh Cunningham, Scott Beaumont, Dave Wardell, Marc Beaumont and more to be confirmed soon. You can bet they will be hungry to win the top prize in this very physical gravity event.
There’s also a £5,000 winner-takes-all prize on offer in the Mountain Biking UK dirt jump invitational. This contest will span two days and the early rounds will be judged by experts from MBUK. But it will be a gladiatorial affair for the four riders who make the grand final. The crowd will determine the best dirt jumper in the final … and therefore who gets the £5K and the big trophy.
Turning to the events that anyone can enter, there’s £5,050 up for grabs in the Whyte Night night-time enduros. The 12-hour has £3,400 of this split across various categories, while the four-hour enduro has £1,650 on offer. And if you don’t think you’ll be contending for the top spot, Whyte Bikes are offering a £3,000 E120 XT for one random enduro participant. So get your entry in, hone your skills and fitness, charge up your lights and go for it.
Roadies are not forgotten in the prize money stakes. They will have a chance at £2,000 in the Devil Takes the Hindmost elimination race. This will be a staggered-start race on the Donington Park circuit. It’s two hours long and after the first hour, the ‘Devil’ will pick off the backmarkers at the start/finish line of every lap. Those left at the end will sprint it out for the £2,000.
|Whyte Night night-time enduros|
|12 Hour competitive, 1st place prizes|
|Team (four male)||£400|
|Team (four mixed)||£400|
|Team singlespeed (four male)||£200|
|Team singlespeed (mixed)||£200|
|Solo singlespeed (male)||£50|
|Solo singlespeed (female)||£150|
|4 Hour Competitive, 1st place prizes|
|Team (four male)||£200|
|Team (four mixed)||£200|
|Team singlespeed (four male)||£100|
|Team singlespeed (mixed)||£100|
|Solo singlespeed (male)||£100|
|Solo singlespeed (female)||£100|
|Devil Takes the Hindmost|
|£2,000 shared by anyone in front of the Devils at the end of the race|
|Mountain Biking UK Dual Slalom|
|Mountain Biking UK Dirt Jump invitational|
About BikeRadar Live
BikeRadar Live is the biggest ever mass-participation cycling event to hit the UK, and will take place on the weekend of 30–31 May 2009 at DoningtonPark in Leicestershire.
The weekend will be packed full of races and challenges, with something for everyone, whether you want to compete, watch your friends and family or just check out some of the world’s best riders.
Entry into any of the events gives you full access to the festival’s many attractions including spectacular all-weather stunt displays, invitational dirt jump and dual slalom comps, a cycling film festival, live big top entertainment and the Scott Sunset DJ Sessions. Test yourself against pro and celebrity riders in the Procycling Hot Laps, post a time in the Wattbike comp or take the kids along to the CycleActive skills school. A purpose-built bikes and accessories expo will give festival-goers the chance to ride the latest bikes from leading brands and grab show-only deals on bikes and accessories.
Events include the Cycling Plus Sportive in association with the Geoff Thomas Foundation (100km & 100 mile), Whyte Night night-time enduros (12hr & 4hr), MBUK eliminator dual-slalom and the Devil Takes the Hindmost circuit race. Click here to sign up.
BikeRadar Live’s world-class facilities include on-site camping with a kids and family area, secure bike lock-up, showers, bike wash, workshop, picnic area, medical centre, viewing stands and food and drink market.
BikeRadar Live is brought to you by Future, the makers of MBUK, Cycling Plus, BikeRadar.com, What Mountain Bike, Cyclingnews.com and Procycling.
For more details go to the BikeRadar Live website.