Want to compete in a World Cup Downhill race? Dirt explained it all so well. Here are the details:
Normally if you want to compete in a World Cup DH race you need to have at least 20 UCI points, but there is a way around that ruling. Basically you need to be part of an official registered team, and once again British Cycling are giving riders the chance to be part of their National team, which fits that bill. To be in with a chance of making the team you need to fill out the application form that you can find here.
If you’ve got more than 20 UCI points already then there is no point in applying because you’ll already be able to enter a World Cup, and this team has literally just been set up to help those lacking enough points to get a race entry. If you make the team there will be no support, financial or otherwise, it’s just a ticket to race. Oh, and if you do get accepted and take up the offer then you’ll have to pay around £35 for a team jersey, which you’ll need to wear in both qualifying and final runs. Still, that’s a small price to pay for being able to get some World Cup experience.
There are 6 places available for senior riders and 6 places available for junior riders in the Junior World Cup series. There will also be an additional 6 junior rider places up for grabs for the UK round of the World Cup in Fort William. Oh, and the team can completely change from round to round, so you don’t have to commit to doing all the races, and if you miss out on a place in an earlier round you might still get a spot later on in the season.
Anyway, here are the deadlines for applications this year, so get organised if you want to be involved!
Deadline for applications
Rounds 1 and 2: 17 February (Selected riders informed week commencing 3 March)
Rounds 3 and 4: 14 April (All selected riders for these two rounds, informed week commencing 12 May)
Rounds 5 and 6: 19 May (Selected riders informed week commencing 30 June)
Round 7: 19 May (Selected riders informed week commencing 21 July)
And once again, you can find the application form along with further info on the selection process here.
Dirt article first posted here
Although early bird pricing has ended it doesn’t mean that you still shouldn’t be prepared by purchasing your tickets early in the 2014 year.
If you’ve been before, you’ll know exactly why this event in the Highlands has won the best World Cup award a record-breaking 9 times and you’ll probably be itching to get your tickets already. If you’ve heard how good it is and fancy seeing for yourself what it’s all about, then here are some still good reasons why buying your tickets early is .
1. Saves walking. Buying early guarantees a gondola ticket. There is a limit on tickets sold with gondola access, especially on the Sunday.
2. No Glasgow 2014 tickets? If you missed out on Commonwealth Games tickets, never mind, Fort William is the perfect way to get your big sporting event fix.
3. The Ryder Cup’s a tad expensive. Just down the road a bit, but a load more expensive than the World Cup (and sold out) so go gravity instead.
4. Get sorted. With your tickets bought, get your accommodation and travel arranged well in advance. You know it makes sense.
5. Be smug. You can start 2014 safe in the knowledge that you will be there for one of the greatest mountain bike events of the year.
6. Be happy. You’ve got 6 months of looking forward to your trip to the Scottish Highlands.
7. Plan your road trip. Take some days off around the World Cup and you could indulge in some of the best riding in the UK. Magnificent trail centres or natural wilderness tracks, it’s all there for the taking.