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- 21. July 2010.

140 DOWNHILL DIEHARDS READY FOR THE ULTIMATE CHALLENGE


 

On Saturday 24 July 2010 a record 140 armour clad adrenaline junkies

from all over the UK will take on the gruelling challenge of The Hope

Endurance Downhill, the toughest downhill mountain biking endurance

race on the UK calendar, at Nevis Range, Fort William in the Outdoor

Capital of the UK.

 

Riders of this full-on, flat-out, no-compromise charge down one of the

roughest, longest and most physically punishing courses on the UCI

Mountain Bike World Cup circuit will need bucket loads of physical

strength and stamina, quick reflexes, superb bike control and an

unerring eye for the right line as they tackle the 2.82km track (with

555m vertical descent) as many times as possible in six hours!  Can

anyone beat the record 18 runs set in 2008?

 

In this major test, for even the most experienced of downhill elite,

racers will have to tackle a succession of big jumps and bumps, wooden

boardwalk, sharp berms, drop-offs, rock slabs and technical natural

sections on this internationally revered downhill track; all the way

from the top gondola station (at 655m) to the magnificent finish

section at the Nevis Range car park (100m).

 

Frazer Coupland from organisers No Fuss Events, said: 'There were some

fairly major modifications to the track for the 2010 Word Cup. It will

be interesting to see how they will affect the endurance racers. 2010

will see our largest field for this event since we began in 2008 which

is fantastic news as the calendar is now jam packed with events for

the downhill market.'

 

The Le Mans style mass start is another challenge that most downhill

racers are not used to.  It involves competitors, dressed in full

armour and helmets, sprinting 100-metres along a forestry track to

pick up their bikes.  They then have a tough uphill ride to about

three quarters of the way down from the top gondola station where they

join the track for the first run down.  The clock is started when the

first rider gets onto the gondola for the first time.

 

Spook from no Fuss was keen to emphasise what a great spectacle the

Hope Endurance Downhill race is: 'This is a fantastic event for

spectators too.  There is great access onto the course from both the

top gondola station and the Nevis Range Car Park.  With excellent

spectator viewing points the length of the course and a restaurant and

a café, friends, family and hard core downhill fans will be able to

soak up the adrenaline fuelled atmosphere in style, whilst cheering on

the riders as they complete this awesome challenge.'.

 

The Hope Endurance Downhill not only tests physical endurance and

technical riding ability, it also tests reliability. Participants will

only be allowed one bike and a list of itemised spares to see them

through the whole event. At the bottom of each run participants have

the opportunity to enter the tech area to carry out any running

repairs, replenish fluids and to take a breather.  There will be time

penalties for riders who have to change wheels, forks, bars, frames

and other major components. Also participants will not be allowed

assistance in the maintenance of their equipment from outside the tech

area.

 

The Hope Endurance Downhill is the second event in organiser's No Fuss

Events'  search for the ultimate mountain biking endurance all-rounder

- The King Of The Mountains.  To be in with a chance of being crowned

the first ever King of the Mountains riders must take part in three

challenging but fun open mountain bike events in the 2010 No Fuss

stable - The Benromach 10 at Kirroughtree (10 July), The Hope

Endurance Downhill (24 July), and the new Orange Tour De Ben Nevis (11

September), a no frills, 61km point-to-point mountain bike stage race

that circumnavigates Ben Nevis.

 

These brave warriors, riding each race as a solo or in pairs, will not

only have to cope with energy sapping and heart pumping endurance,

they will also need lighting quick reflexes, superb bike control in

all conditions, nerves of steel whilst negotiating some of Scotland's

remotest trails and an unerring eye for the right line if they are to

pick up the ultimate prize.

 

Neil Arnold, Marketing Manager form Hope, said: 'This is a great

concept, and really is an all round test for any mountain biker, not

just hardcore cross country or downhill riders - you need to be able

to do most things well to be in with a shout!'

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