We gave you preliminary news about the Giant sponsored NRS National Points Series on Monday, and now we’ve got more details about the DH side of things from David Morgan of NACC events.
Dave is part of a consortium of promoters also including; Jason Carpenter of Dragon Downhill and Neil Stoddart of Pro Gravity, who have licensed the series from British Cycling. The 2002 Giant NRS National Downhill Mountainbike series is also co-sponsored by; MBUK, Dirt, Gill, Scott USA, Impsport, Halfords Bikehut, Hope and Fox Europe.
The Series consists of four events all qualifying for UCI E2 status and National Ranking points. However, the biggest changes is that no British Cycling licence is now required unless you need to score series or BC or UCI ranking points.
The other change is the adoption of a 2 run format with the timetable below:
Signing on and walking the course 1pm to 5pm
Signing on 8am to 3pm
Open Practice 9am to 12pm
Pro Elite Practice 12pm to 12:30pm
Course maintenance 12:30 to 1:30
Open Practice 1:30 to 5:00pm
Pro Elite Practice 5pm to 5:30pm
Pro Elite; 1 seeding run, 1 run competition
All other categories, best of 2 runs count.
The event dates and venues are as follows.
Round 1 April 20th/21st Combe Sydenham,
NACC Events Somerset, England
Round 2 May 25th/26th Innerleithen,
Pro Gravity, Peebles, Scotland
Round 3 August 17th/18th Garway,
Dragon Downhill, Welsh borders
Round 4 September 14th/15th tba,
For any competitors wishing to try the courses prior to the NPS NACC have a meeting at Combe Sydenham on Easter weekend and Dragon Downhill have a meeting sheduled at their venue at Garway Hill a few weeks before their NPS round.