Malverns Classic

After almost a 20 year break, 2018 will see the return to the iconic venue that is Eastnor Deer Park in Malvern for what is tipped as the largest and most diverse MTB festival of the year. Delivered to you by the tried and trusted team that has delivered British Cycling’s National Downhill Series – The BDS for over eleven years.

The 15th, 16th and 17th of June 2018 are the dates for your diary not to be missed with the venue opening on the Thursday afternoon prior to the event.

The address: Eastnor Deer Park, Ledbury, Herefordshire. HR8 1RL.

The route to the venue passes through a number of small community villages and we ask that you drive responsibly to and from the event.

Everyone that is entering the site will need to purchase an admission ticket by clicking  HERE.

All spectators (12 and under, no charge).

Weekend Pass: 

Aged 12 and under? Free, no need to book, just turn up with a responsible adult aged 18 or over.

£30.00 plus booking fee for a three-day pass for those arriving on either the Thursday, Friday or Saturday and staying/camping over and booking between now and the end of Wednesday the 13th of June 2018.

£40.00 plus booking fee for a three-day pass for those arriving on either the Thursday, Friday or Saturday and staying/camping over and paying either online or on the gate at the event after Wednesday the 13th of June 2018.

One Day Pass:

Aged 12 and under? Free, no need to book, just turn up with a responsible adult aged 18 or over.

£10.00 plus booking fee for a one-day pass for those arriving on either the Friday or Saturday or Sunday and booking between now and the end of Wednesday the 13th of June 2018.

£15.00 plus booking fee for a one-day pass for those arriving on either the Friday, Saturday or Sunday and paying either online or on the gate at the event after Wednesday the 13th of June 2018.

Please note all one day only attendees vehicles will be parked in the ‘One Day’ parking area which will be located near the main entrance.

Riding Your Bike!

Bring your bike, your helmet and ride. Eastnor Deer Park is a beautiful venue and we openly encourage you to go for ride outs. Please also note all the courses when not in use for either practice or racing will be open for you to ride. For example once the Dual Slalom event finishes on Friday evening, we will re-open it from Saturday morning onwards and man it with marshals, medics and a gate starter. All this is included in the price!

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Race Entries:

Entries for competitors will go on sale on Sunday the 29th October 2017 at 19:00 via British Cycling’s website. Please note all courses are deemed as entry level.

GT Bicycles Dual Slalom – Friday afternoon/evening – Enter HERE.

Cannondale Cross Country – Saturday – Enter HERE.

Funn Enduro (Funnduro) – Saturday Morning – Entries HERE.

Quad Eliminator – Saturday afternoon – Enter HERE.

Schwalbe Classic Downhill – Sunday – Enter HERE.

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.

Please make sure you are aware of the Malverns Classic refund policy as listed HERE.

Eastnor Castle

A packed weekend of challenging and exciting events is scheduled that will see riders of all ages and abilities, race and have fun in a chilled out family atmosphere.

Take your pick of what you fancy entering whether you are a seasoned racer or a newbie first timer to the start gate. All events will be split into age categories with entries going live on Sunday the 29th of October 2017 at 19:00 as well as the purchase of entry tickets. This is what we are proposing.

Schwalbe Classic Downhill – Top to bottom from the Obelisk will see riders descend on the fast and flowing course that will, of course, take in the famous ‘Bomb Hole’ sponsored by DMR Bikes. Entries are limited to 300 riders with an entry fee of £25.00

Cannondale Cross Country –  Open to all as well as the UK’s top-flight racers, test yourself around this legendary course and spectacular venue taking in the views. Entry fee £25.00 (cheaper for younger riders).

XC. Picture by Geoff Waugh.

Fabric Quad Eliminator – The pre-runner to 4x. Four riders on the BMX style gate, elbows out and go! A simple knockout format will see the top two riders progress to the next rounds. Entries are limited to 200 riders with the top 128 going through to the finals. The entry fee is £25.00.

Dual Eliminator. Picture by Geoff Waugh.

MBUK Legends Classic Downhill – Invitational Downhill Race, showcasing the legends of the sport.

Funnduro – Taking in three short stages, this will be the perfect introduction for those wishing to enter their first enduro event. We will be utilising the popular ‘Mashup’ Format that allows you to be timed on each stage as many times as you can manage within the three hour period. The fastest logged time from each stage counts. With no fixed start times, this allows you to ride and race with your friends. Entries are limited to 300 riders with an entry fee of £25.00

GT Bicycles Dual Slalom – Is the finest example of head to head racing. Riders complete timed runs in each lane, the rider with the fastest combined time will progress to the next round. Entries are limited to 100 riders with the top 64 going through to the finals. Entry fee is £25.00

Wideopen Mag Bunny Hop – Let’s see how high you can go? Entry fee is £FREE with competitors entering on the day at the event.

Dual Slalom. Picture by Geoff Waugh.

The ULTIMATE Pub Quiz for Maximum Exposure – Think you know it all? Then put your money where your mouth is. Enter a team of 4 into the Saturday night pub quiz and win a packed hamper full of MTB related products from our industry friends. Entry fee is £5 per team with competitors entering on the day at the event. All funds will go to the Air Ambulance Charity.

Race Support – Expect to see race support from all the top service providers keeping your bike on the hill and racing. That includes a bike wash, bike dry and lube station.

WD40 Retro Show and Shine – Will your old skool pride and joy be awarded the highly prized ‘Best in Show’ and take away £1,000 for your troubles? Start polishing her now boys and girls and note each attendee will receive a nice goody bag courtesy of WD40.

Young Gun Racing – Aged 8-12? A number of events are scheduled to replicate the ‘Grown Ups’ racing formats.

images from the Shimano BDS Llangollen 2016 - Race Report

TRP Lake Ride – Need to negotiate some red tape first. Rest assured, those entering should bring their armbands and a snorkel! Entry fee is £FREE with competitors entering on the day at the event.  Apologies there will be no ‘Lake Jumping’ as the lake is not deep enough to safely facilitate that event.

Long Jump Contest – Have you legs like a Kangaroo? Riders will attack a small ramp from a 30 meter run up, the one that jumps the furthest wins! Entry fee is £FREE with competitors entering on the day at the event.

Manual Contest – Love the back wheel? Then this is the event for you. As simple as it gets, if you can manual the furthest, you are the winner! Entry fee is £FREE with competitors entering on the day at the event.

Front Stoppie Contest – Love a bit of front wheel do we and think your names Bernard Kerr the undisputed king of the front stoppie? Then let’s see your skills! Entry fee is £FREE with competitors entering on the day at the event.

Track Stand Contest – Have you got the skills to track stand longer than the rest? We will mark out pens for all entrants and those that can stand still the longest without touching the floor will win some tasty kit. Entry fee is £FREE with competitors entering on the day at the event.

Lezyne Blow Up Inner Tube Contest – Have you got guns like Popeye? The deal is you go head to head with another competitor to blow up an inner tube using a track pump. The time gets logged and the fastest competitor that session wins some top swag! Entry fee is £FREE with competitors entering on the day at the event.

National Demo Long Weekender – We are already signing up the best brands in the business for the ultimate demo long weekender over three days that will allow you to test ride your dream bike and that next purchase. Entries are limited with an entry fee of  £5.00 per day.

Retail Village – Come and see the latest kit on display and try before you buy and grab a bargain. Just note, ‘Watch your head, low prices’!

Jez Avery Stunt Show – Now it wouldn’t be the Malverns without Jez Avery! Jez will be up to his old tricks as well as new ones showboating for you, entertaining both young and old with his stunt show. Thre will be two performances on both Saturday and Sunday. Jez will also be stepping in on the mic for select events!

images from the Shimano BDS Llangollen 2016 - Race Report

It’s not all about the racing! The Malverns is all about riding, partying and enjoying yourselves!

This is what we are proposing;

Entertainment – A full weekend schedule will include fun for all the family and will be included in the entry price. With large marquees on site, we will ensure good times whatever the weather. Each evening we will have live bands playing 90’s style music followed by live DJ’s. They are primed to turn up the tempo and get the speakers pumping so bring your best moves and polish your disco slippers!

Onsite Catering and Bar – A fully licenced bar and onsite caterers providing fresh produce and refreshments to suit everybody.

Wi-Fi – Onsite free wi-fi available for all so you can melt the internet as you cover the action from the event.

For the little ones – Fun Races, Cycling Ability Courses, Bouncy Castles, Pump Track and the Trampolines (All FREE).

Muc-Off Pump Track – Open throughout the event, just make sure you have a helmet on. Open to everyone.

Security – Onsite 24 hour security to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all those attending.

Bike Security – Secure storage for your pride and joy throughout the race weekend.

Camping, Serviced Toilets and Showers – Available from the Thursday afternoon right through till Sunday evening when the site must be cleared. There will also be a dedicated family camping area and bins, plenty of bins..

24 Hour Medical Service – Your safety is paramount at our events and we will have a round the clock medical service available for you.

Dog-Friendly Site – Well behaved dogs are most welcome at the event. Please ensure they are collared, chipped and always on a lead at all times. As well as ensuring you tidy up after them.

 

Carnage. Picture by Geoff Waugh.

 

 

 

To keep up to date on the event, click on the Malverns Facebook Page.

Old Skool Pictures by Geoff Waugh.