HSBC UK I National Downhill Championships
Presented by Schwalbe Tyres
Saturday and Sunday the 11th and 12th of July 2020 at Rhyd-Y-Felin.
Downhill mountain bike racing is the Formula 1 of the sport. Riders will race the clock as they set off down the legendary course at Rhyd-Y-Felin which is just 1 mile along the country lane that Revolution Bike Park is based at. Spectators will see plenty of
To race, please ENTER HERE. Race Entries are £85.00 per rider plus a £1.00 Booking Fee.
-Parking is £5.00 per vehicle per day, payable by cash on entry.
-Spectating is FREE.
-Camping is £5.00 per person aged 13 years of age or older, per night, payable by cash on entry. Parking is still applicable at £5.00 per vehicle, per day.
Please note that Rhyd-y-Felin is a privately owned forest and therefore access is prohibited. Please do not walk or ride the track outside of organised events. Unauthorised use will stop events being held at this venue. Any rider who causes such above actions will receive a lifetime ban from any of our events.
Post Code: SY10 0HJ.
From the south and east: From Shrewsbury take A5 signed Oswestry/North Wales. At Wolfshead roundabout on the new Nesscliffe by-pass, turn west onto the B4396 toward Knockin. After passing through Knockin Village continue towards Llynclys. At crossroads with A483 (Oswestry – Welshpool road) continue over on the A495 (B4396) signed Bala through the villages Llanyblodwel, Pen-y-Bont and Llangedwyn. After passing through Llangedwyn follow the B4396 that bears to the left signed Bala. This road becomes narrow with tight bends in places. At give way turn right onto B4391 towards Bala/Llangynog continue through Pen-y-Bont Fawr to Llangynog.
From the north: From Oswestry follow the A483 south toward Welshpool. At Llynclys crossroads turn west onto A495 (B4396) signed Bala. Continue through the villages Llanyblodwel, Pen-y-Bont and Llangedwyn. After passing through Llangedwyn follow the B4396 that bears to the left signed Bala. This road becomes narrow with tight bends in places. At give way turn right onto B4391 towards Bala/Llangynog continue through Pen-y-Bont Fawr to Llangynog.
From Aberdeen Distance: 412.7 miles / Time: 8 hrs 1 min.
From Birmingham Distance: 83.9 miles / Time: 2 hrs 9 min.
From Bristol Distance: 147.9 miles / Time: 3 hr 25 mins.
From Edinburgh Distance: 291 miles / Time: 5 hrs 49 mins.
From Fort William Distance: 392.6miles / Time: 7 hrs 50 mins.
From Glasgow Distance: 288.6 miles / Time: 5 hrs 26 mins.
From Liverpool Distance: 63.6 miles / Time: 1 hr 53 mins.
From London Distance: 200.8 miles / Time: 4 hrs 18 mins.
From Sheffield Distance: 128.7 miles / Time: 3 hrs 5mins.
Nearest Airport: Liverpool John Lennon. Liverpool L24 1YD.
Nearest Train Station: Blaenau Ffestiniog Railway Station. Church Street, Blaenau Festiniog LL41 3HE.
Nearest Ferry Port: Holyhead Port of Holyhead, Holyhead, Anglesey, Gwynedd. LL65 1DQ.
Friday 10th of July.
18:00 to 20:00 Race Registration.
15:00 to 23:00 Venue Open.
18:00 to 21:00 Track walk.
Saturday 11th of July.
07:00 to 23:00 Venue Open.
07:00 to 09:30 Track walk.
08:00 to 11:00 Race Registration.
09:00 to 17:30 Uplift.
09:30 to 18:00 Track Open for Practice.
13:00 to 14:00 Balance Bike National Championships Practice.
14:00 to 16:00 Balance Bike National Championships Racing.
18:00 to 21:00 Track walk.
Sunday 12th of July.
07:00 to 18:00 Venue Open.
07:00 to 08:30 Track walk.
08:00 to 16:30 Uplift.
08:30 to 10:45 Track Open for Practice (Full Runs Only).
11:00 to 17:00 Seeding Runs followed by Race Runs.
Podiums immediately after the final race runs.
18:00 Please vacate the venue.
-Non-Licence holders: You do not need a British Cycling Membership or Race Licence to enter the ‘Open Men’ or the ‘Open Women’ race. Though you must be 19 years of age or over to race.
-There are none of the regular categories to enter at the National Championships if you are in; Expert or Elite. You should enter the ‘Elite/Expert Senior 19+ Championships’ for either Men or Women. For the National Championships, Expert and Elite are combined as one category (Senior Championships), but will be split out for points so that the top 40 Elites and top 40 Experts all receive points. All senior category riders wishing to gain ranking points must race the Senior Non Championships race.
-Senior Men or Women can enter the Senior Non Championships Race for either Men or Women and be awarded points based on their final position in their category. You may also opt to enter Elite/Expert Senior 19+ Championships’ for either Men or Women. Note that you will not be awarded any points though.
All Junior, Senior, Expert and Elite Racers will be issued with a Rear Number Board and safety pins at race registration at time of sign on. You must fit these on your back and they must be clearly displayed during both your Qualifying and Race run.
For Masters and Veterans the categories are split; 30-34, 35-39, 40-44 and 45-49. For the National Championship Jersey, only one will be awarded to the fastest rider overall from Masters and Veterans.
– British Cycling Ranking Points are awarded to the top 40 in each category and are double the National Series points scale. 1st – 300 points down to 40th – 2 points. Note the split categories of Masters and Veterans the points will be awarded as if they were just one category.
-UCi points are available to the 10 fastest riders on the day in either the Male or Female Categories of the combined following categories; Junior and Elite/Expert Senior 19+ Championships. 1st – 110 points, 2nd – 90 points, 3rd – 70 points, 4th – 60 points, 5th – 50 points, 6th – 40 points, 7th – 30 points, 8th – 20 points, 9th – 10 points and 10th – 5 points.
-To be awarded the National Championships Jersey the following criteria applies in each category;
-5 or more entries 3 Medals and Jersey.
-4 entries 2 Medals and Jersey.
-3 entries 1 Medal and Jersey.
– The National Champion’s jersey which is presented on the podium shall be free of all advertising.
– Replicas of the National Champion’s jersey may be made in conformity with the relevant BC regulations. The advertising area sizes and limits allowed on the National Champion’s jersey in all categories are as stated in the General Regulations of BC.
-The jersey must be worn during racing and on the podium at all regional, national and international events .
-The National Champion’s jersey may only be worn in the category and in the discipline of competition in which it was won.
-As an alternative to the standard National
Champion jersey design, National Champions have the option of wearing a jersey with the left arm sleeve representing the Union Jack. No advertising is authorised on that left arm sleeve. Apart from the left arm sleeve the remaining spaces (e.g. front, back and right arm sleeve) are left at the disposal of the riders for their usual sponsors.
British Cycling Chief Commissaire: Neil Simpson.
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
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
Rules and Regulations.
Equipment: The Bicycle must be capable of safely and efficiently completing the task and must, as a minimum, be mechanically sound, have efficient brakes on all wheels and all reasonable steps must be taken to ensure the safety of the rider and others. As part of the
latter, bar plugs are compulsory.
Helmets: It is compulsory to wear a full face protective helmet when racing or training on the course and such
To race, please ENTER HERE. Race Entries are £85.00 per rider plus a £1.00 Booking Fee.
Apologies there are no refunds.
Balance Bike National Championships:
Race Entries are £15.00 per rider. ENTER HERE.
Girls; 2 years, 3 years, 4 years, 5 years and 6 years.
Boys; 2 years, 3 years, 4 years, 5 years and 6 years.
-Camping is £5.00 per person aged 13 years of age or older, per day, payable by cash on entry. Parking is still applicable at £5.00 per vehicle, per day.
- Balance Bike Categories: 1) Two years of age, 2) Three years of age, 3) Four years of age or 4) Five years of age and Six years of age.
- On race day please head to race registration with I.D for yourself and sign in on behalf of your child and collect your number board, then attach it to your child’s bike prior to the start of practice. If you miss race registration (times/schedule are listed above) your child will not be allowed to either practice or race.
- If there are spaces available, we will open race registration for 15 minutes immediately after race registration closes on a first come, first served basis.
- Check your child’s race time and ensure you and your child are at the start area at least 10 minutes before they are due to start.
- Race! You may accompany/run next to your child whilst on course. Please note, do not to cross the timing beam at the start or finish line.
- Whoop, Cheer, take photos and celebrate!!
Balance biking can be an inherently dangerous sport with the possibility injuries. No matter where you ride or how well you know the course your child should never ride beyond their 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
Rules and Regulations.
Equipment: The Bicycle can be of any make or brand, though it must be capable of safely and efficiently completing the task and must, as a minimum, be mechanically sound and all reasonable steps must be taken to ensure the safety of the rider and others. As part of the latter, bar plugs are compulsory.
Helmets: It is compulsory to wear a protective helmet when racing or training on the course and such
-During practice, each rider must complete at least two runs of the course to be able to race.
-Any rider that misses their start slot/call-up will be disqualified.
-Riders must ride around, not over, each gate, with both
-If there is a tie for any in the top three we will run a run off.
Racers will be disqualified for the following:
-Changing from one course to another.
-Interfering with the opposing riders progress.
-Not finishing in possession of their bike.
-Not passing both wheels around the gate.
-Missing a gate and going beyond the next gate.
-Running over a gate.
Q. If the event is sold out, will there be a reserve list? A. Apologies no.
Q. What if I miss the sign on? A. You will not be allowed to practice or race.
Q. How much are entries? A. £15.00 per rider per race
Q. Can I transfer my entry. A. Apologies, there are no transfers.
Q. Can I have a refund? A. Apologies, there are no refunds.
By participating in the Event the Participant consents to being photographed and/or to be included in the filming of imagery recording the Event and/or to be included in sound recordings of the Event. The Participant hereby waives any and all rights of publicity or privacy and hereby grants to the Organiser the sole, full and complete permission and authority to utilise and exploit the participant’s appearance in the Event in any and all manners and media throughout the world in perpetuity without the need for any further approvals from the Participant.
The Participant further agrees that the Organiser has the sole discretion to use or refuse to use any Event photographs or sound or media recordings in which the Participant appears, and that if the Organiser may use or edit such sound or imagery at his sole discretion and as he thinks fit. Subject to any restrictions of privacy imposed by law, the Participant hereby consents to the use of his name, image, likeness, voice and any biographical material about him in connection with any and all footage of the Event, publicity and related promotional material of the Organiser and for any and all publicity and promotional purposes.
The Participant expressly waives any claims against the Organiser (including their directors, officers, agents, employees, consultants, licensees and assignees) in relation to any issues concerning the invasion of privacy, defamation or any other cause of action whatsoever arising out of the production, distribution, sale, broadcast or exhibition of Event imagery or sound and/or any promotional materials relating to the Event.
Where commercial filming or photography takes place at the Event, it must do so with the express written consent of the Organiser. In consideration for the right to generate commercial film and/ or photography and use these assets, all commercial film and/ or photography shall be made available for use by the Organiser. The Organiser in its sole discretion shall decide if to use or not to use such imagery. Right of usage shall be held by the Organiser in perpetuity over this imagery, unless by express written exception between the Organiser and the authority commissioning the film or photography.
The Participant is welcome to take photographs and film footage of his participation in the Event for non-commercial purposes (that is for personal and private use only). The Participant is not permitted to reproduce or use photographs or footage of the Event on any website, in any printed media or matter or in any television programme without first obtaining the prior written consent of the Organiser. The Participant hereby agrees to assign (by way of present assignment of future copyright) to the Organiser all his rights, title and interests in the world-wide copyright and all intellectual property rights in such reproduced or used photographs or footage in perpetuity together with exclusive world-wide rights of exploitation thereof.
It is the sole responsibility of the Participant to comply at all times during the Event with all applicable laws, byelaws and regulations of the United Kingdom, including without limitation, all speed regulations, road traffic laws and laws relating to the possession or use of alcohol, drugs or other prohibited substances.
Acceptance of Terms & Conditions of Participation.
The Participant understands that failure to comply with the terms and conditions listed here may, at the sole discretion of the Organiser, you may be asked to leave the Event site and the participant will be barred from any future events.
By your attending in person the physical site of the HSBC UK I National Downhill Championships 2020, whether you are participating or not, you are required to comply with the health and safety rules of the Event and the Terms and Conditions of Participation, otherwise you may be asked to leave the Event site.
Event rules, regulations and advice.
For reasons of fairness, safety and responsibility the Participant is expected to abide by the following rules and regulations as laid out by the Organisers. Ignorance of these rules and regulations shall be regarded as no excuse and failure to comply with these rules and regulations may lead to penalties or disqualification from the Event.
Please at all times show respect for the environment, landowners, local communities and other recreational users.
Ensure you are wearing or carrying the appropriate mandatory and recommended kit at all times
Co-Operate with Event Officials at all times.
Weather conditions may affect some stages and lead to course variations.
The Event Organisers decision is final.
Safety – General, clothing and obstacles.
You are expected to be able to look after yourself. In an emergency, attract attention using physical contact, a whistle or voice and raise the alarm to other participants. There will be first-aiders in attendance throughout the event.. In the event of a true emergency, the first port of should be 999 or follow any emergency protocol specifically issued for the event. There will be event safety staff on the course with radios.
The Participant will consider the kit you bring & wear – Bring full body cover options with you, should the weather deteriorate in the final hours before your participation in the event.
You are expected to tackle event obstacles sensibly, and with the knowledge that you can make decisions independent from any verbal instruction from marshals that may be present. Here are some guidelines for safe practice that you must note;
Consider bypassing an obstacle if you lack confidence, have appreciable fear or are – carrying an injury.
Ensure that the approach, and the obstacle itself are clear from obstruction.
Pay attention to your surroundings, keeping head, arms and hands clear of any protrusions
Spot your landing before undertaking any obstacle.
Do not rush.
The participant recognises that this is an outdoor event and that it will make place in varied weather conditions. You are expected to prepare yourself for the conditions of the day accordingly. You also understand that the characteristics of obstacles, structures and terrain may change in varying weather conditions and you must use my judgement at all times when assessing these conditions and your interaction with the course.
Should you approach and obstacle and not feel it is clear how it should be tackled in the safest manner, we suggest you bypass the obstacle or only attempt to tackle it if you are sure of the method of engagement and you are confident that you have the ability to do so safely.
The Participant agrees not to drop litter on any part of the course or in the event.
Participants will follow the instructions of the Event staff in payment of associated parking fees and space used by the Participant vehicle. The Participant acknowledges that leaving a vehicle in an unauthorised position may lead to removal of the vehicle where all related costs will be met by the Participant. Our parking plans are crucial in allowing all competitors to have a smooth and safe entrance and egress to the event venues while causing the minimum of disruption traffic.