HSBC UK I National Downhill Mountain Bike Championships
Presented by Schwalbe Tyres
17th – 18th of July 2021
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
-Do not stand on the outside of a corner or on the downside of the track where a rider may fall. You must stand above the track, never below where rider and bikes may crash or slide into you.
-When crossing the track. Please go to the designated crossing point and await instruction from the event marshal and cross when it is safe to do so.
-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.
THE VENUE Post Code is SY10 0HJ. 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.
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.
Nearest Hospital: Wrexham Maelor. Croesnewydd Rd, Wrexham. LL13 7TD
Friday 16th of July 2021
18:00 to 20:00 Race Registration.
15:00 to 23:00 Venue Open.
18:00 to 21:00 Track walk.
Saturday 17th of July 2021
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 18th of July 2021
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.
Race Officials: British Cycling Chief Commissaire: Neil Simpson. Commissaire Panel: Andrea Lockhart, Adrian Walls, Richard Robertshaw and Ian Fennell.
Course Marshals: 26 dedicated marshals will be in position for the duration of the event. If you would like to volunteer to be a track side marshal, are aged 21 or over, fit and able and want to receive £50.00 per day towards your out of pocket expenses, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Communications: Please note there is no mobile network signal available in the immediate area. You may ave to drive out several miles to lcate a signal. The event team will have their own satellite system with enabled wi-fi calls. This will be available strictly for medical emergency communications only.
Caution: 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
Water: There is a stream available at the back of the camping field. We always recommend that you sterilse any water before drinking. There is no drinking water oniste.
Bike Wash: Kingud is the official bike wash and will be open on Saturday and Sunday. The charge will be £1.00 payable in cash on the day.
Camping: The charge 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. Camping refers to staying overnight in either a tent, van, caravan or motorhome. We will have portable toilets onsite, all free to use. Apologies to say there are no electric hook up points. Anyone aged 12 and under can enter for free and do not need to purchase a ticket. Please note that anyone aged 17 or under they must be accompanied by a responsible adult aged 21 or over (no more than three children per responsible adult). Camping pitches are allocated on a first come, first served basis. There is no booking system in place. A pitch is defined as a vehicle or a structure for which one or many persons will reside in over the race weekend.
For those camping in tents, motorhorhomes and caravans, all vehicles must be parked in the camping field, please ensure the hand brake is on and the vehicle is in gear. Your tent should then be pitched next to your vehicle.
Please note, no gazeebos/e-zee-ups. Weld your emporary structure down with ratchet straps and heavy duty steel pins (ideally 30cm in length of more). A runaway gazeebo can cause thousands of pounds worth of damage to other peoples vehicles and property as well as being a danger to any person in its path.
The site speed limit for all vehicles is 5mph.
Please note: Lock your bicyle and possessions up. Ideally inside your vehicle using heavy duty chains and ‘D’ stlye locks, if possible secure to anchor points inside your vehicle and cover up with blankets etc.. Do not leave your bike on top or on the back of your vehicle.
We would like to also make you aware when cycling around the event to do so in a safe and proper manner as we expect a large number of pedestrians of all ages in attendance. We always advise you to wear a helmet when riding your bicycle. When riding at night, we would also advise both front and rear lights.
1.1 – This policy covers the National Championships. In special circumstances, they may be altered or added to by local rules, made necessary for good management or because of agreements, planning consents, etc. entered into by the event
1.2 – We ask all of our campers to comply with our policies. If you or your party do not comply with the policies we may ask you to leave the site.
1.3 – The use of threatening
1.4 – Please consider other users of the site and we ask that all users conduct themselves at all times with due regard to the health and safety of themselves and others.
1.5 – The maximum stay allowed is from Friday 15:00 through to Sunday 18:00, after which time your pitch must be vacated.
1.6 – Apologies to say we are unable to provide electric hook-up points for the event.
1.7 – Personal alcohol must not be consumed or brought into the main finish arena.
2.1 – Camping Pitches are available from 15:00 on Friday the 10th of July. You can arrive on either Friday or Saturday to camp.
2.2 – On arrival, visitors should make contact with the Event Team. Admission to the site is at the discretion of the Event Organisers.
2.3 – In the event of poor ground conditions, a pitch may not be available. The Event Organisers will
2.4 – Please familiarise yourself with the site’s fire regulations and firefighting equipment and its location as soon as you arrive on site.
2.5 – Please note the venue will close the front gates for entry at 22:00 each night.
3. Pitching Tents.
3.1 – You may camp next to your vehicle, please do so in accordance to parking marshal’s instruction.
3.2 – If you want to pitch with your friends please reserve them a space.
3.3 – Anyone caught tampering with fire equipment will be detained and reported to the Police for criminal damage and will receive a lifetime ban from the event. You will also be invoiced for any damage.
3.4 – The fire assembly point will be clearly marked and located in the main finish arena.
3.5 – Do not move or adjust any markers that are laid out to allocate pitch space.
3.9 Pitching Caravans/Motorhomes and live in Vehicles (also includes vans your are sleeping in).
3.9.1 – On arrival, the Event Organisers will show you to your camping pitch and answer any queries you may have. If you want to pitch your live in vehicle with your friends you must save them a space. We need to enforce the four meter rule between live in vehicles, excluding guide ropes. You can camp inside your awning and next to your motorhome, please do so in accordance to the parking team’s instruction.
3.9.2 – The “
3.9.3 – Anyone caught tampering with fire equipment will be detained and reported to the Police for criminal damage and will receive a lifetime ban from the event. You will also be invoiced for any damage.
3.9.4 – The fire assembly point will be clearly marked and located in the main finish arena.
3.9.5 – The pitch (along with any ancillary equipment) must fit within the confines of your pitch whilst maintaining the four-meter rule.
3.9.6- Vehicles on the site should be parked at right angles to the slope of the field where possible with the vehicles hand brake on and the vehicle in gear.
3.9.7 – The transfer or sub-letting of pitches is not allowed.
3.9.8 – Do not move or adjust any markers that are laid out to allocate pitch space.
4.1 – Barbecues must be purpose-built and portable, standing clear of the ground. There must be no possibility of damage to the ground. Only gas or a charcoal barbecues should be used.
4.2 – Barbecues must be fully extinguished and cold before disposing of in the bins provided. Anyone causing a bin fire will be billed accordingly.
4.3 – Campfires are not permitted.
4.4 – Fireworks are not permitted.
4.5 – Never use or store a used BBQ in your tent, sleeping or living quarters. Please aware of Carbon Monoxide poisoning, it can be a killer.
5.1 – Pets are welcome (no tigers or lions please) on site but you are responsible for the
5.2 – You must ensure that your pets do not foul the site and you are responsible for cleaning up after them.
5.3 – If it is deemed a pet is creating a nuisance or causing disturbance to others, you will be asked to remove them from the site. Please note we do not allow on site, any breed of dog listed under the Dangerous Dogs Act of 1991.
5.4 – Please do not leave pets in your vehicle if there is a chance of them overheating.
5.5 – Check dogs and yourselves for Ticks, we always advise you to pack a Tick Removing Tool.
6.1 – The flying of model aircraft, drones and kites are prohibited.
6.2 – It is the responsibility of parents and guardians to ensure children are supervised at all times, whilst on site.
6.3 – The releasing of sky lanterns with naked flames is not permitted.
6.4 There is a stream at the back of the site. Please ensure all children or vulnerable persons are supervised at all times and aware of the dangers.
7.1 – Noise must be kept to a reasonable level at all times so as not to disturb the enjoyment of others camping.
7.2 – Between the hours of 23:00 and 07:00 all music, lighting
7.3 – Generators may be used, we may ask you to refrain from using them if they cause a disturbance. Please ensure they are fenced off and not accessible to the general public. Also, ensure that any fuel is kept in the correct container for its content and that it is kept locked away and out of direct sunlight. Please make sure a competent person refuels the generator (when cold) and according to the manufacturers instructions.
8.1 – Vehicle movement on the site is prohibited between 22:00 and 07:00. This is for your safety. If you do need to leave in an emergency, please contact a member of our 24hr security team and they will assist you in your departure.
8.2 – Vehicle drivers, motorcyclists
8.3 – All cycles should have appropriate lighting if used at a time when it should be required.
8.4 – Essential repairs can be carried out so that an unserviceable vehicle can leave
8.5 – Drivers of vehicles, including motorcycles, must hold a full and current driving
8.6 – Ebikes that are chipped to exceed the legal speed limit are not allowed to be used onsite.
8.7 – Mini motor-bikes are not to be driven around the event site.
8.8 – Once your vehicles are parked up, that vehicle must only be driven when you are exiting the venue.
8.9 Please don’t lock you bike to the roof or the rear of your vehicle. Lock it securely inside your vehicle with D Locks and Cable Locks (around car seat frames etc..) if possible. Remember: Out of sight is out of mind.
9.1 – 10x Portable Toilets will be onsite that will be serviced on Saturday late afternoon.
9.2 – Chemical toilets must only be emptied at the chemical disposal point.
9.3 – To avoid possible damage to sewerage systems we support the use of bio-degradable chemical fluids that do not affect the natural bacterial balance within the system.
10. Your Departure.
10.1 – Camping and Parking Pitches must be vacated by 18:00 on Sunday.
10.2 – If you leave a camping unit or other property on the site without prior arrangement after 18:00 on Sunday. The Event Team shall be entitled to dispose of such property.
11. Lost Property.
11.1 – All items of lost property will be retained for one week. Items not claimed after this period will be donated to a local charity this includes any monies. Any items that are not of use to any of the local charities will be disposed of.
11.2 – Anything, where the owner is readily identifiable will be either directly returned to the owner if still on site or contacted if possible. If it is not possible to contact the owner the items will be passed to the Police.
11.3 – Owners are responsible for the cost of reclaiming their goods.
11.4 – Credit or debit cards. Reported to the card issuer. The card issuer will then advise what further action is necessary.
11.5 – Items where there is any suspicion of danger to employees or to the public. The police will be contacted immediately in such circumstances for advice.
11.6 – Any item that we feel has clearly been abandoned will be disposed of.
11.7 – Where items of property are claimed the claimant should be expected to provide a description of the items lost. The claimant must sign for all items claimed and record their full name and address and provide valid I.D.
12. Litter / Rubbish.
12.1 – A skip will be located onsite near thye main entrance. Please do not place any hot coals from your BBQ into the skip.
12.2 – We kindly ask you to take all of your rubbish home with you that can be recycled.
12.3 – Please ensure your pitch is clear of all rubbish when leaving site.
12.4 – Cutting down mud tyres onsite? Please ensure you collect all the cut off pieces of rubber and dispose of responsibly.
13.1 – The BDS team has always considered the collection of used tear-offs along the race track and surrounding areas as one of their roles and responsibilities. With increased pressure environmentally, due to the nature of the disposal of tear-offs we can not guarantee 100% pick up of said litter. On a windy day the tear-offs may well end up in the next county. Hence the reasoning for the inclusion of this ruling. Tear Off” lenses with extended pull handles on goggles are prohibited. A system where the transparent plastic lenses are retained within the device and are not discarded is allowed. We will allow riders to run a single tear-off to protect their lense. We will ask that they cut the extended handle off during practice
14.1 – The Event Organisers will not accept responsibility for any loss or damage to the property of the visitor, including personal belongings, cash,
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.
Full Refund less a £15.00 administration fee. To receive a refund, please email email@example.com stating your name and category entered. The deadline to request a refund is Friday the 26th of June 2020 at 15:00. Please note there are no transfers.
Balance Bike National Championships 2021
Date and Venue to be confirmed.
Fun and competitive racing open to children aged from Two years old to Six years in a number of age categories, with the riders age on the day being the marker.
11:00 to 13:00 Race Registration.
13:00 to 14:00 Balance Bike National Championships Practice.
14:00 to 16:00 Balance Bike National Championships Racing.
- 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!!
-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.
Caution: 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:
-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.
Image Rights. 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.
Personal Film. 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.
Compliance. It is the sole responsibility of the Participant and their Parent/Guardian 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 and their Parnet/Guardian 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 2021 and the Balance Bike National Championships 2021, whether you are participating or not, you are required to comply with our terms and conditions.
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 areas of the course 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 staff on the course with radios.
The Participant will consider the kit tro 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 your judgement at all times when assessing these conditions and your interaction with the course. Should you approach an 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.
Litter. The Participants and Spectators agree not to drop litter on any part of the course or at the event.
Parking. 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.