BikeRadar Live: See the cream of British dirt jumping talent

Pilgrim, McDermott and Smith among top names confirmed

Some of Britain's top dirt jumpers are lined up for BikeRadar Live

We’ve lined up some of Britain’s top dirt jumpers to wow the crowds at BikeRadar Live on 30-31 May.


Riders already confirmed include Sam Pilgrim, Lance McDermott and Chris Smith, all of whom are making a name for themselves on the international freeride scene.

Others taking part in the Mountain Biking UK Dirt Jump Invitational include Pat Campbell-Jenner, Rory Backshell, Jack Gear, Phil Auckland, Chris Mohoney, Daryl Brown and Dan Coggan.

Corsair rider Chris Smith said: “I’m really looking forward to the BikeRadar Live dirt jump comp. It should have a great atmosphere and a real festival feel to it. It’s great to have such an event back on the calendar in the UK. With all the top guys attending, it’s sure to be a great show.”

The invitation-only contest will see riders pulling out their best tricks over two days. On Saturday there will be a practice round and two scoring rounds, followed by one more scoring round on Sunday.

Three expert judges from MBUK will then add the points together to work out which four riders will go on to the grand final, where they will go head-to-head for the winner-takes-all cash prize of £5,000 and a very big trophy.

The scores will be wiped clean after the last scoring round and the crowd will join as a fourth judge to decide the overall victor.

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 Islabikes Children’s 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 and 100 mile), Whyte Night night-time enduros (12hr and 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 Mountain Biking UK, Cycling Plus,, What Mountain Bike, and Procycling. For more details, go to the BikeRadar Live website.