Antur Stiniog – Round 6 of the British Downhill series commemorates “Pioneer” Jason McRoy

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Round 6 – September 19/20th Antur Stiniog, Gwynedd in Wales.

Round 6 of the British Downhill series comes to Antur Stiniog, Gwynedd on the 19th and 20th of September.

The final stage of the 2015 Series will see competitors from all age ranges pushing themselves to the limit to grab not just the glory of the prize money on offer but set personal bests in order to set themselves their 2016 targets.

Antur Stiniog has a bit of everything to test every level of rider and the rain thrown on to the course this week will make it even more challenging than normal.
Speeds may be down if the wet weather continues but excitement will most certainly be up!

The gathering will also see a one off Legends category introduced to commemorate Jason McRoy who sadly passed away 20 years ago.

Jason was a pioneer of the British Mountain biking scene and the first british rider to join an American professional mountain bike team. He was also a Uk National downhill champion, and so everything that these Round 6 riders aspire to be.

Jason died age 23 in a tragic motorcycle accident in August 1995.

Inducted into the Cycling Hall of fame in 2009, Jason didn’t start mountain biking until he was 17. He’d formerly been a successful junior BMX rider, but after a serious leg injury he took to Downhill and in his very first competitive race, despite still being registered as a Junior, his time was sufficiently quick for him to take third place overall.

McRoy rose to international prominence after taking second place in the prestigious Mammoth Kamikaze race in 1993, the first year that the event was held to the ‘Eliminator’ format. It was following this success that Specialized USA signed him for the 1994 season .

A wealth of talent will be turning out for this one off spectacle. Riders already confirmed are:

Rob Warner, Steve Peat, Will Longden, Nigel Page, Andrew Parks, Andrew Titley, Andy Pope, Billy Cheetham, Carl Alford, Cheesy Pete Lawrie, Clive Gosling, Darren Howarth, Dave Hemming, Dave Wardell, Ed Moseley, Lewis King, James Allaway, Jason Jessop, Jim Buchanan, Jonathan Cheetham, Keith Wilson, Lee Bertram, Martin Ogden, Martin Hawyes, Matt Farmer, Paul Smith, Pete Crump, Scott Beaumont, Steve Geall, Stu Hughes and Tim Ponting.

Read more about Jason’s story at http://www.jasonmcroy.com/

Read more about the British Downhill Series at http://www.britishdownhillseries.co.uk/

A look at Antur Stiniog

Antur Stiniog Round 6 Details:

Race Categories and running order for both seeding and race run. Race numbers shown in brackets:
Juvenile – DMR 13-14 years (900-925)
Youth – Marzocchi 15-16 years (800-899)
Grand Veteran – Hookit Products 50 and over (780-799)
Veteran – Dainese 40-49 years (700-774)
Master – NS Bikes 30-39 years (600-699)
Junior Women – Rachel Atherton 13-18 years (130-149)
Women – Flare Clothing 19 and over (160-199)
Elite Women – Schwalbe Tires 19 and over (100-125)
Junior – Spank 17-18 years (500-599)
Senior – Shimano – 19-29 years (300-399)
Expert – X-Fusion 19 and over (200-299)
Legends – In memory of Jason McRoy
Elite – Schwalbe Tires – 19 and over (1-99)
Juvenile – Riders must be in the year of their 13th or 14th birthday.
Youth – Riders in the year of their 15th or 16th birthdays.
Junior – Riders in the year of their 17th or 18th birthdays.
Senior – Riders in the year of their 19th birthday then the Senior category is the appropriate aged based category. See below for how riders can attain Expert or Elite status.
Master – For riders aged 30 to 39.
Veteran – For riders aged 40 to 49.
Grand Veteran – For riders aged over 50

2015 Event Schedule:
Friday
13:00 Venue open for team pits, parking and camping.
16:00 Commissaire course walk. We reserve the right to change the course at any time through the event.
18:00 Course open for on foot inspection only. No transport to the top is provided or permitted.
18:00 20:00 Race registration, please bring your valid 2015 BC/UCI Race Licence.
Saturday
07:00 Course open for on foot inspection only. No transport to the top is provided or permitted.
08:00 – 11:00 Race registration, please bring your valid 2015 BC/UCI Race Licence.
09.00 Uplift opens for all riders.
09:30 Open practice for all riders.
17:30 Last uplift.
18:00 Course Closed.
18:05 Riders meeting.
18:30 Course open for on foot inspection only. No transport to the top is provided or permitted.
Sunday
08:00 Uplift opens.
08:30 Open Practice for all.
10:15 Last Uplift Leaves.
10:16 First Uplift for racing.
10:45 Course Closed.
11:00 Timed Seeding Run followed by one timed race run.
17:30 Podium for top five in each category.

PARKING – CAMPING – SPECTATOR Information

PARKING: Please understand that to bring you exciting venues and tracks we have to sometimes compromise on other areas. Parking at Antur Stiniog is very limited so please work with the BDS team and your fellow competitors and spectators to ensure we can accommodate everyone as best we can. You may have to cross the main road. Please use extreme caution when doing so and follow the Green Cross Code.

Camping: Is in the quarry over the road from the venue and is on hard standing ground. Spectators the charge is a total/maximum of £10.00 per pitch which covers both nights or one night. BDS Racers the charge is a total/maximum of £5.00 per pitch which covers both nights or one night. You must leave site by 19:00 on the Sunday evening of the event. Please do not venture into the quarry, this is a dangerous area.

Security: Will be onsite both Friday and Saturday night of the event. You are advised to lock away all of your possessions.

Pro Pits Parking: The finish arena car park is strictly for pro teams and retail/service pitches only and you must be pre-booked in to park there. Only one team vehicle is permitted in this car park. Additional vehicles will have to be parked in the car park over the road in the quarry. No caravans or tents will be permitted.

Racers driving in each day: Parking is available on both Saturday and Sunday over the road from the venue in the quarry car park and will be free of charge. Please do not venture into the quarry, this is a dangerous area.

Spectators: Parking is available on both Saturday and Sunday over the road from the venue in the quarry car park and is free of charge. Spectating admission charge is £5.00 per adult. For children there is no admission charge. Please bring the correct change if possible. Please do not venture into the quarry, this is a dangerous area.

Please do not park on the main road as this may result in the Police closing the event down.

 

 

The Venue: Mountain Bike Centre. Canolfan Beicio Antur Stiniog, Ceudlyllau Llechwedd, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd. LL41 3NB. Telephone: 01766 238 007.

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