The series is co-sponsored by 24seven and will begin at the Haymarket/Future NEC Bike Show on March 25 with only 16 pro/am riders being allowed to take part.
Rounds two and three follow at the Gold Coast Ocean Fest at Croyde on June 22nd-23rd. Rounds four and five take in the National Adventure Sports Show at Shepton Mallet on July 20th-21st with the series finals and National Championships at the home of UK Bikercross –Newnham Park, Plymouth on August 10-11th.
Top riders Will Longden, Scott Beaumont, Martin Ogden, Dylan Clayton, Gareth Bates, Martin Murray, and Steve Geall will take part in the series, which has a total purse of £8500. Each event will also include a King of Dirt Competition and trials displays from the MBUK/Animal team.
Kona’s Scott Beaumont said:
"I’m happy we have a professional BSX series in the UK. I can’t wait for the gate to drop at the Bike Show. This series will definitely improve the standards in Britain. It’s just what the riders have been asking for."
Organiser Martyn Salt said: "The fact that we’re putting this on at three big lifestyle events that will be attended by over 100 000 people, as well as the Bike Show, has to be good for the industry."
The Gold Coast Ocean Fest is an annual free festival featuring such sports as surfing, Ironman, beach volleyball, skate and BMX ramps with lashings of live music on one of the UK’s best beaches. The Bikercross course will be directly overlooking Croyde Bay and is one of the highlights of the event.
The National Adventure Sports Show at Shepton Mallet hosted a BSX event last year, viewed by over 30 000 visitors
Round six and National Champs will be at The Have a Go Show at Newnham Park. This venue was where Bikercross started in 1999 and this year will be a part of a new show offering spectators the chance to watch the Bikercross action and also try their hand at outdoor activities such as clay pigeon shooting, archery, paintball, quad biking, off road karting, 4×4 driving and many others.