The search is on for the fastest Mini Downhill rider!

This year Fort William will host the final of the Mini Downhill Series during the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, where the top young riders from all over Scotland compete for the title.

The series of regional mini downhill races take place this coming April and May, hosted by Scottish Cycling with the support of Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland. The best downhill riders aged between 8 and 16 will compete on mini downhill courses around the country, comprising of jumps, drops, roots, rocks, twists and turns with the podium places securing their slot in the final at Fort William on 9 June.

Mini downhill is just like the real thing but in miniature. The junior riders have smaller bikes and ride on shorter courses, but have all the passion, excitement and drama of racing. The Mini Downhill Series will provide young downhill riders their first taste of downhill mountain bike racing and with the start list for the Downhill at Fort William likely to include a total of 8 previous British Champions, they just might bump into one of their heroes!

Bob MacFarlane, Scottish Cycling’s National Development Manager said: ‘Scottish Cycling’s series will give young riders a chance to try downhill racing and we are delighted to give the finalists the chance to ride at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, Fort William. This is an experience of a life time, as it is one of the main highlights in the mountain bike racing calendar, where the world’s best riders come to Scotland’s international level competition to race in front of huge crowds of cheering fans.’

Dates for the up and coming events are as follows:

• Fort William – 22nd April 2012

• Ae Forest – Date to be finalised

• Perth – 07th May 2012

• Newmilns – 12th May 2012

• Stirling – 13th May 2012

• TweedLove – 26th May 2012

• Mini Downhill Final – 09th June 2012

For more information or to register for one of the events visit Scottish Cycling.