Biking youngsters on track to take on Traquair

PIC: TOBY WILLIAMS'SPORT: WORLD CUP MOUNTAIN BIKING FROM THE NEVIS RANGE, FORT WILLIAM, SCOTLAND.  WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY.  REGINA MARUNDE TAKES A TUMBLE.

PIC: TOBY WILLIAMS'SPORT: WORLD CUP MOUNTAIN BIKING FROM THE NEVIS RANGE, FORT WILLIAM, SCOTLAND. WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY. REGINA MARUNDE TAKES A TUMBLE.

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YOUNG bikers in the Borders are once again gearing up for a high-octane series of races on their local terrain.

Innerleithen MTB Racing have announced the format for the 2013 Mini Downhill Race Series for Under-18s.

This is the fourth year of this exciting introduction to downhill racing which is affiliated as a British Cycling Go-Race, thereby ensuring the highest safety standards with no need for a race licence.

Riders push or ride their bikes to the start and with no stated start time, they line up at the top and leave at 30 second intervals and can complete as many runs as they have the energy for. Timing is taken care of by the event team and each rider’s fastest time of the day determines their final placing.

“This series is proper grass roots racing for those looking to get into the sport,” said Innerleithen MTB Racing’s Richard Latimer.

“A number of riders who have taken part in the past have gone on to ride at World Cup level and that is testament to the facilities that we have here in Innerleithen.

“There is always a wonderful atmosphere at these races and that helps to make it a great day out for all the family, especially for our Halloween-themed October race.”

Entries are now open for all three races (Sunday, August 25, September 29 & October 27) with all the details available at www.innerleithen
mtbracing.com/

All races take place at the Forestry Commission Scotland’s 7stanes Innerleithen mountain bike trails at Traquair Forest, with registration open at 9.30am, practice from 11am and race runs from noon.