There is still time for budding mountain bike riders to compete alongside the world's elite as Innerleithen gears up for the iXS European Downhill Cup taking place from 14 to 17 June 2012. Pre-entries close on 11 June and an Open Category has been included, meaning that a race licence is not required.
Some of the World's top riders are already entered, including Kiwi Superstar Brook MacDonald and 2011 European Series winner Markus Pekoll (AUT), with a number of the top race teams joining them. Organisers are urging riders from throughout the UK and the rest of the world who want to take on this challenge to sign up before the deadline.
The Scottish Borders town is a World Class mountain bike downhill venue and that recognition, coupled with the success of the last visit of the iXS European Downhill Cup in 2010, has seen the high profile series return this year. A purpose built track is under construction for the event with a fantastic mix of natural lines and manmade features perhaps best seen in the finish arena, where a 'boneyard' awaits the racers at the bottom of the course.
Innerleithen MTB Racing is supported by EventScotland and Scottish Borders Council as event partners with BT Infinity as headline sponsor. There is further support from i-cycles, The Bike Lodge, Alpine Bikes, Trail Perfection and Aim Up.
Further information and details on the event can be found at the official site www.ixscupinnerleithen.com