It′s all downhill in Kielder!


If you fancy the ultimate adrenalin rush then Kielder Water & Forest Park is the place for you!

Some of the UK’s most fearless mountain bikers will head for the 155,000 acre wilderness on Sunday 24 October to compete in the Northern Downhill Championship.

Mountain biking has exploded in popularity over the past decade, with many fans speclialising in off shoots like downhill. It is the high-octane version of the sport and only those with full body armour, nerves of steel and a taste for speed will be saddling up for this event. Organiser Carl Davison, from Durham, said:

“We’ll be using part of the black rated Deadwater Trail in Kielder, which is a really tough challenge, especially when you are racing against the clock. The very quickest will be aiming to complete a run in about 2 minutes and 40 seconds, which takes a fair dollop of skill and courage."

The race is the culmination of the Northern Downhill series, which has seen racers tackle other descents in Kidland Forest, in the Cheviot Hills, and Hamsterley Forest, near Bishop Auckland. But riders will also be competing for national ranking points, with participants coming from as far afield as Aberdeen to earn a share of the spoils. Among the starters will be Scott Mears from Newcastle and Danny Hart from Redcar, ranked 8th and 30th in the world for downhill, respectively and both racing for the Newcastle-based Fox Europe team.

Alex MacLennan, Recreation, Tourism & Communities Manager with the Forestry Commission, commented: “Watching these guys in action is incredible and a brilliant spectacle for the public to enjoy. More and more top flight mountain bike events are coming to Kielder thanks to the investment made by the Kielder Partnership in creating all year round trails for all abilities.”

Media calls to Richard Darn on 01226 246 351. Mobile 0775 367 0038.

Notes to Editor

The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands. For more visit

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