R2 - Dalby Forest

After months in the planning and with plenty of speculation of what was to be in store, hundred of riders who made the journey to Dalby Forest were soon in no doubt that this was very definitely a World Cup course! Situated on the fringes of the North York Moors and boasting mile upon mile of breathtaking scenic trails, Dalby is one of those best-kept secrets, but no more. After Sunday’s explosion of epic racing riders will be flocking to this section of technical delights to find out first hand what it’s all about and they won’t be disappointed. Hopefully next year thousands from all over he world will make that journey to watch the world’s best sample some Yorkshire delights!

Nick Craig – Elite

“I’ve had a fair bit to do with input on the course so I thought it’d be rude not to come and sample the whole thing. That’s the first time I’ve been able to ride a whole lap unbroken so the course designers have done a good job of putting it together but they’ve left it to the death. I was speaking to Martin on Wednesday and he was still finishing it! For me it was really nice to ride it complete. I came up this morning had hadn’t had a chance to preride it so there were bits I’d never seen! Worry Gill was a bit of a shocker! I knew it was coming but I’d never ridden it, I got over the lip and thought ‘okay.. that’s what we talked about, I think…” But no the whole thing was dead good. There were a few nice comments floating round, like ‘ It’s all your fault!’ shouted at me by a lady rider! But no, brilliant course, fun, hard and what British Mountain Biking needs.”

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