140 Downhill Diehards Ready for the Ultimate Challenge

On Saturday 24 August 2010 a record 140 armour clad adrenaline junkies from all over the UK will take on the gruelling challenge of The Hope Endurance Downhill, the toughest downhill mountain biking endurance race on the UK calendar, at Nevis Range, Fort William in the Outdoor Capital of the UK.

Riders of this full-on, flat-out, no-compromise charge down one of the roughest, longest and most physically punishing courses on the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup circuit will need bucket loads of physical strength and stamina, quick reflexes, superb bike control and an unerring eye for the right line as they tackle the 2.82km track (with 555m vertical descent) as many times as possible in six hours!  Can anyone beat the record 18 runs set in 2008?

In this major test, for even the most experienced of downhill elite, racers will have to tackle a succession of big jumps and bumps, wooden boardwalk, sharp berms, drop-offs, rock slabs and technical natural sections on this internationally revered downhill track; all the way from the top gondola station (at 655m) to the magnificent finish section at the Nevis Range car park (100m).  

Frazer Coupland from organisers No Fuss Events, said: “There were some fairly major modifications to the track for the 2010 Word Cup. It will be interesting to see how they will affect the endurance racers. 2010 will see our largest field for this event since we began in 2008 which is fantastic news as the calendar is now jam packed with events for the downhill market.”

The Le Mans style mass start is another challenge that most downhill racers are not used to.  It involves competitors, dressed in full armour and helmets, sprinting 100-metres along a forestry track to pick up their bikes.  They then have a tough uphill ride to about three quarters of the way down from the top gondola station where they join the track for the first run down.  The clock is started when the first rider gets onto the gondola for the first time.

Spook from no Fuss was keen to emphasise what a great spectacle the Hope Endurance Downhill race is: “This is a fantastic event for spectators too.  There is great access onto the course from both the top gondola station and the Nevis Range Car Park.  With excellent spectator viewing points the length of the course and a restaurant and a café, friends, family and hard core downhill fans will be able to soak up the adrenaline fuelled atmosphere in style, whilst cheering on the riders as they complete this awesome challenge.”.

The Hope Endurance Downhill not only tests physical endurance and technical riding ability, it also tests reliability. Participants will only be allowed one bike and a list of itemised spares to see them through the whole event. At the bottom of each run participants have the opportunity to enter the tech area to carry out any running repairs, replenish fluids and to take a breather.  There will be time penalties for riders who have to change wheels, forks, bars, frames and other major components. Also participants will not be allowed assistance in the maintenance of their equipment from outside the tech area.

The Hope Endurance Downhill is the second event in organiser's No Fuss Events'  search for the ultimate mountain biking endurance all-rounder – The King Of The Mountains.   To be in with a chance of being crowned the first ever King of the Mountains riders must take part in three challenging but fun open mountain bike events in the 2010 No Fuss stable – The Benromach 10 at Kirroughtree (10 July), The Hope Endurance Downhill (24 July), and the new Orange Tour De Ben Nevis (11 September), a no frills, 61km point-to-point mountain bike stage race that circumnavigates Ben Nevis.   

These brave warriors, riding each race as a solo or in pairs, will not only have to cope with energy sapping and heart pumping endurance, they will also need lighting quick reflexes, superb bike control in all conditions, nerves of steel whilst negotiating some of Scotland's remotest trails and an unerring eye for the right line if they are to pick up the ultimate prize.

Neil Arnold, Marketing Manager form Hope, said: “This is a great concept, and really is an all round test for any mountain biker, not just hardcore cross country or downhill riders – you need to be able to do most things well to be in with a shout!“

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Notes to Editors:

What: THE HOPE ENDURANCE DOWNHILL
(endurance downhill mountain bike event)
When: Saturday 24 July 2010
Where: The Downhill Track at Nevis Range, Fort William
Entry fees:
Solo – £70 / individual competitor
Pair – £120 / pair
For further information about The Hope Endurance Downhill at Fort William, online entries and other No Fuss Events for 2010 go to http://www.nofussevents.co.uk; or e-mail: info@nofussevents.co.uk / call: 01397772899

All No Fuss events are a real family day out with entertainment and music for all.  For each event race registration and pre race party commence on the Friday evening, with the race scheduled to start at 0900 on Saturday; and an après race party going on late into Saturday Night for those who have the energy!

Hope Philosophy
“Produce high quality, durable parts that we want to use.
Use the latest and best design tools and machine tools
Produce virtually every part in our UK factory from raw material to finished part.
Complete all processes under the strict UK environmental and employment controls.
No sales waffle, let the product do the talking”.
http://www.hopetech.com

Hope have been producing quality cycle parts for 20 years, always a market leader, manufacturing virtually everything in their factory on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. Originally starting out as an aerospace company, Hope now dedicates it's time and skill exclusively to producing class leading cycle parts. They are totally independant, not part of a large corporation, still wholly owned by engineers Simon and Ian who work and ride alongside the enthusiastic staff.

OUTDOOR CAPITAL OF THE UK
A not-for-profit community company established to promote Fort William and Lochaber as the best place to experience the outdoors in the UK. There are over 65 different activities to choose from in an amazing landscape that encompasses the small isles to Ben Nevis with white water rivers, sea, lochs, beaches, forest, glens, cliffs and mountains in between.  http://www.outdoorcapital.co.uk
 
NEVIS RANGE
The Nevis Range Mountain Gondola, unique in Britain, was originally constructed on Aonach Mor to transport skiers to the slopes.  Today, the gondola whisks some 160,000 visitors each year to 2150ft where they can eat at the Snowgoose restaurant, enjoy a drink at the bar, walk out to the mountain viewpoints, or simply enjoy the stunning highland scenery.  Established in 1989, Nevis Range has significantly diversified, creating a world-class downhill mountain bike track, and hosted 6 World Cups and a World Championships.  This gondola served downhill is unique in Britain, and Nevis Range plan to add a second downhill track in spring 2008 for leisure mountain bikers.  The gondola is also widely used by climbers, paragliders and hangliders on their journey to the clouds.  The ski area lies between the top of the gondola and the summit of Aonach Mor which, being the highest ski area in Scotland, has a good record for snow conditions running late into the season.   http://www.nevisrange.co.uk.

NO FUSS EVENTS – http://www.nofussevents.co.uk/
No Fuss Events, outdoor events specialists from Fort William, organise an annual programme of challenging open events combining the most breathtaking scenery in Scotland with energy sapping and heart pumping endurance in a fun and friendly environment – from trail running to cross country and downhill endurance mountain biking to the toughest triathlons and the world's craziest water sport.

No Fuss encourage participation from first timers, families, work colleagues, weekend warriors and elite athletes. No Fuss Events do exactly what it says on the tin – great events with a fun and friendly atmosphere that encourage participants of all ages and abilities to sign up year after year.

Contact: Paddy Cuthbert
Phone: 07968 699636
Email: paddy@podge.co.uk
Website: http://www.nofussevents.co.uk/