Winter 2016/17 marks the tenth season of the downhill mountain bike racing series Mini Downhill.
This season will see four races take place in the Forest of Dean, held on the popular trails at PedalaBikeAway.
The first race will be held on December 4th 2016. Those wishing to participate can enter via the British Cycling website here.
The race aims to offer the chance to compete in an accessible and affordable event that doesn’t require overly expensive equipment or years of previous racing experience. Competitors in previous years have ranged from children a young as ten years of age to downhill world champions such as Danny Hart and Manon Carpenter.
“It's about racing for fun. The thing about the Mini Downhill is that we have a really good friendly vibe; everyone has a good time. It's great for new riders who want to get into the sport.
“It’s also great fun for the more experienced who just want to race in the winter and not have to stress over series points. We just want to give our riders the best experience and keep the entry fee at £30, which we’ve maintained for the last five years,” said Chris Roberts.
Roberts started the races following a visit to Chicksands Bike Park. The races quickly grew in popularity with as many as 300 riders participating at each event. Information on the 2016 races can be found via the Mini Downhill website here.