Tickets have gone on sale for the opening round of the 2010 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup at Dalby Forest, Yorkshire.
As well as the chance to watch the world’s best cross-country racers in action, organisers are promising a weekend of cycling action.
It kicks off on Friday 23 April with a town centre Pro-Sprint Eliminator in Pickering, followed by the Junior World Cup races on the Saturday and the Elite races on the Sunday.
There’ll also be a “new mass-participation cycling event” on the Saturday, plus activities and entertainment including a tourism and equipment expo.
British Cycling spokeswoman Iga Kowalska-Owen told BikeRadar: “We can’t give any more details at the moment because it’s still very much at the planning stage, but it’s going to be more than just a World Cup round – there’ll be a programme of other activities.”
British racer Oli Beckingsale, who was recently up in Dalby with fellow rider Nick Craig giving the organisers feedback on the purpose-built track, said he was looking forward to racing on home soil again – there have been regular World Cup rounds at Fort William in Scotland but none in England since the Nineties.
He said the event would be great for spectators, with beer gardens and big screens showing all the action. “I race the World Cup anyway but having a round in the UK will be an added motivator,” he said. “And it’ll give up-and-coming racers something to aim for.”
Day and weekend passes are available at www.ticketmaster.co.uk or by calling 0844 847 2387. Members of British Cycling are entitled to a 10 percent discount. For more information about the event, visit www.yorkshiremtbworldcup.co.uk.