Schwalbe Tyres Downhill

 Saturday the 28th of August.

Downhill mountain bike racing is the Formula 1 of the sport. Riders will race the clock as they set off down the legendary course that will see plenty of high speed action with all the thrills and spills. Each rider competes in two race runs, with the fastest time from either run counting for their overall position. There will be no uplift provided or permitted, it will be a short walk/ride back up to the start line that we estimate will take 10-15 minutes. Watch the YouTube video HERE.





18:00 to 21:00 Race Registration.


09:00 to 21:00 Race Registration.

10:00 to 17:00 Course open for all festival attendees to ride.


08:00 to 09:00 Race Registration.

08:30 to 10:45 Official Practice for those entered into this event.

11:00 to 17:00 Race Runs.

17:30 Podiums for the top three in each category on the main stage.

Please Note for Race Registration:

– Please bring valid photographic I.D with you such as a driving licence or passport to sign onto the race.

– Entries are all through British Cyclings website. No British Cycling Race Licence or Membership is required though you will have to register (for free) with British Cyling when entering and they will take your basic details; Name, email and mobile number. This allows you to use their online entry system. The booking fee is an additional £1.00 on top of the race entry fee.

– Sign-On at the event is open from 18:00 on Thursday the 26th of August, we advise you to beat the rush and sign on ASAP where you will receive your bikes front number board and four cable ties. Timing is by light beams, therefore no transponders will be required.

Note: The race entry covers you for the Schwalbe Tyres Downhill race only. To enter the festival, please pay the applicable admission price, even if you are racing. 

Race Entries are £20.00 to £30.00 plus a £1.00 Booking Fee. 


Mountain biking is an inherently dangerous sport with the distinct possibility of severe injuries, or even worse. No matter where you ride or how well you know the course you should never ride beyond your skill level and always ride in control and in a sensible manner. Riding in control does not just mean being able to stop, it also means having the requisite skills to recognise and avoid potentially dangerous situations on the course. You must also be able to recognise where it is safe to stop on the course. Avoiding accidents with other riders is an essential mountain biking skill.

Riders must use the course in a sensible manner compatible with their level of experience. Riders should walk the course, observing current ground conditions, making yourself aware of any obstacles prior to riding the course. We ask riders to accept that they will ride the course at their own risk and accept that no liability can be accepted by the event organisers.

Rules and Regulations.

Equipment: The Bicycle must be capable of safely and efficiently completing the task and must, as a minimum, be mechanically sound, have efficient brakes on all wheels and all reasonable steps must be taken to ensure the safety of the rider and others. As part of the latter, bar plugs are compulsory.

Helmets: It is compulsory to wear a protective helmet when racing or training on the course and such helmet must comply with the required safety standards defined in the General Regulations. A full-face helmet is compulsory for the Downhill event. Please note that a helmet with a detachable mouthpiece is not allowed. The helmet must be properly secured in both training and racing and must be fitted with a visor.

Recent Questions:

Q. What if I miss the sign on? A. You will not be allowed to practice or race.

 Q. Do you need a British Cycling Race Licence or Membership to race? A. No.

Q. Can you enter on the day? A. Yes, if spaces are available and for an additional £5.00 surcharge.

Q. Is there a limit to the number of riders in a category? A. There is no limit to a number of riders in a category.

Q. Can you provide a course marshal? A. Please contact the Event Director Si Paton [email protected]

If you have any questions, please contact the Event Director Oliver Paton [email protected] or call/text 07531 930 808 anytime.

Register to Race!