Watch world’s best in the MBUK Eliminator dual slalom

Fast-paced action at BikeRadar Live

Many of the world’s best mountain bike riders will be heading to Donington Park on Friday to walk the course before the Mountain BikingUK Eliminator dual slalom at BikeRadar Live.


Those who have confirmed their places on the start line include star downhillers such as multiple World Cup winner Steve Peat, world champion Gee Atherton and his brother Dan, 2008 World Cup champion Greg Minnaar, former junior world champ Ruaridh Cunningham and Australian powerhouse Nathan Rennie.

They’ll be up against some top 4X riders, including four-time world champ Brian Lopes and multiple British champ Scott ‘Boom Boom’ Beaumont, plus some of Britain’s hottest young talents.

Mountain Biking UK editor Danny Walter gave us his tip for the final: “It’s going to be a close fought contest for sure but my money’s got to be on Brian Lopes. He’s come over to the UK especially for this event so he’s not gonna want to leave without the MBUK Eliminator title.”

Saturday’s the big day

The action will kick off at 10.30am on Saturday (30 May), with a two hour-practice session. You’ll be able to see the pros close-up in the ‘Rider Paddock’ making their final adjustments.

Qualifying is from 2pm, and the fastest 62 riders will go head-to-head until just half remain to ride in the floodlit final, which starts at 8.30pm.

The course has been designed by 4X stars Will Longden and Dave Wardell, and will test even the most experienced riders. It features a 20ft-high tower start gate and a huge 25ft water jump.

There will be massive digital timing displays with split times, a giant finish bowl with great viewing areas and on hand to talk you through the action will be World Champs commentator Chris Ferber, downhill world champ Rachel Atherton and Team GT’s Dave Wardell.

Prizes for first, second and third are a share of a £5,000 cash prize. The winner will be crowned as the MBUK dual slalom pro champion and will receive a huge trophy.

BikeRadar live, 30-31 may:

Confirmed riders:

  • Dan Atherton
  • Gee Atherton
  • Steve Atkins
  • Paddy Baker
  • Rich Batey
  • Marc Beaumont
  • Scott Beaumont
  • Josh Bryceland
  • Patrick Campbell-Jenner
  • Dylan Clayton
  • Richard Cunningham
  • Ruaridh Cunningham
  • Sam Dale
  • Alex Dick
  • Neil Donoghue
  • Tom Dowie
  • Jason Egan
  • Duncan Ferris
  • Nick Geoghegan
  • Jordan Gould
  • Mick Hannah
  • Danny Hart
  • Christian Hatcher
  • Richard Holroyd
  • Ollie Jones
  • Chris Kellet
  • Bernard Kerr
  • Chris Kovarik
  • Lewis Lacey
  • Max Lenthall
  • Brian Lopes
  • Lucas Mechura
  • Alex Metcalf
  • Greg Minnaar
  • Liam Munn
  • James Norton
  • Martin Ogden
  • Steve Peat
  • Charlie Philips
  • Liam Philips
  • Nathan Rennie
  • Dale Russell
  • Romain Salidini
  • Matt Simmonds
  • Elliott Simmons
  • Stephen Simms
  • Steve Taylor
  • Ross Tricker
  • Dave Wardell
  • James Wilson

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 Donington Park 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 supported by Pacific Outdoor Equipment (100km & 100 mile), MBUK night-time enduros (12hr & 4hr), MBUK eliminator dual-slalom and the Devil Takes the Hindmost circuit race.

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,, What Mountain Bike, and Procycling.