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Red Bull's thrilling Foxhunt returns to Rostrevor

Published 06/10/2016

The final countdown is on for Red Bull's thrilling Foxhunt return to Rostrevor.

The event, now in its fifth year, takes place on Sunday on the hills of the exquisite Mourne Mountains in Co Down.

Over 400 riders will hit the specially designed course in a bid to outrun two-time downhill world champion, Gee Atherton.

From decorated pros to weekend warriors, the pack will tear through 3.5km of unforgiving downhill course, reaching speeds in excess of 51km/h through mud-spattered forests and hair-raising sprints.

Each adrenaline pumped biker tirelessly battling to cross the finish line before the advancing fox.

Last time the race was run in 2015 only 31 challengers managed to beat the fox, many more will be hoping to achieve the feat this time around.

Aiming to retain his title, former Downhill National Champion and Lisburn local, Colin Ross holds two consecutive Foxhunt titles to his name. Ross is no stranger to the multi-terrain trails of the Emerald Isle and hopes to capitalise on this experience this weekend – attempting to outrun Gee and claim his hat-trick among a mass of eager riders.

However, Gee won’t be outrun easily and is determined to end Colin’s winning streak. 

He said: “Twice running I have been beaten by Colin Ross – he’d better watch out this year, I’m coming for him.”

Gee goes on to describe the carnage that the racers experience as they plummet down Slieve Martin.

Pictured is, Gee Atherton (two-time Downhill World Champion) during a practice session in Rostrevor, Co. Down as part of Red Bull Foxhunt, one of the biggest mass start downhill events in Europe Red Bull Foxhunt takes place tomorrow (4th October) when, over 400 riders (the hounds) will hit the Mourne Mountains and try to outfox Gee Atherton (the fox)
Pictured is, Gee Atherton (two-time Downhill World Champion) during a practice session in Rostrevor, Co. Down as part of Red Bull Foxhunt, one of the biggest mass start downhill events in Europe Red Bull Foxhunt takes place tomorrow (4th October) when, over 400 riders (the hounds) will hit the Mourne Mountains and try to outfox Gee Atherton (the fox)
Hunt masters: winner Colin Ross (centre), James McFerran (right) and Dave Egan celebrate Red Bull Fox Hunt success
Winners from the 2015 Red Bull Foxhunt. Colin Ross (1st), James McFerran (2nd) and Dave Egan (3rd). Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Sam Needham

“It’s hard to describe just how much fun it is – there are elbows flying and bodies everywhere but everyone takes it in really good spirits. It is total chaos but so awesome,” he said.

For spectators, however, its less carnage and more carnival. Throughout the day there will be food and drinks stands as well as a chance to engage with other mountain biking fans and competitors among the beautiful scenery of Rostrevor.

Not to mention the chance to witness the adrenaline fuelled mayhem as the racers emerge mud splattered and roaring to the finish line, certainly not a day to be missed by mountain biking fans.

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