It takes nerves to go downhill in the dark

Junior riders are being offered a chance to test their skills in the dark. Photograph: Ian Linton.

Junior riders are being offered a chance to test their skills in the dark. Photograph: Ian Linton.

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THE quest to breathe new life into mountain biking continues at Innerleithen with the debut of a new event format in Traquair Forest on November 3 at the Full Beam Day/Night Mini Downhill Race, for ages 14 and upwards.

Taking the mini downhill format as a basis, riders push their bikes up to the start of the course for practice runs, then as night falls, the action starts.

Using lights attached to helmets and handlebars, the racers will negotiate the same course under cover of darkness for their race runs.

Helen Findlay, of Innerleithen MTB Racing said: “We like to keep things interesting for the riders and, with the awesome new light technology coming from innovative companies making it possible, night riding and racing is just one more way to increase the fun factor in mountainbiking.”

The event will be closely followed on November 4 by round three of the Mini Downhill series for ages 10-18.

Both events take place with the agreement and co-operation of Forestry Commission Scotland.

To find out more visit www.innerleithenmtbracing.com Online entries for the Full Beam Day/ Night Downhill are available through the British Cycling entry system.