Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Rostrevor bike trails to host top event

Hunt is on: Red Bull Foxhunt will see 400 bikers descend upon Kilbroney Park to compete against Gee Atherton (pictured)

Rostrevor's new mountain bike trails at Kilbroney Park will host this year's Red Bull Foxhunt.

This October will see the return of the innovative downhill-pursuit challenge and mountain bike legend, Gee Atherton, who is favourite to take the 2013 title as he did at Cavehill in Belfast last year.

The 'Fox', Atherton, will be in in pursuit of the 'Hounds', 400 local bikers all competing in this fast-paced cross-country, downhill mountain bike chase, setting off with Atherton giving chase in a bid to beat them downhill.

This year, the event will take place in the picturesque surroundings of the Mourne Mountains in Rostrevor, Co Down.

The chase will begin on top of Slieve Martin, where competitors can take in the beauty of the Newry and Mourne scenery.

They will then descend through sections of trail, moorland and forest to the sprint finish.

It is set over a challenging course, combining sections of existing downhill track with additional mountain and multi-terrain sections.

This epic course is not for the faint of heart and is guaranteed to give both Gee Atherton and the massed hunters a seriously tough challenge.

Newry and Mourne District Mayor, Cllr Michael Ruane said: "What a coup for Newry and Mourne. It's wonderful that Red Bull have decided to bring such an exciting event to Kilbroney showcasing the area on worldwide platforms.

"Not only do we have the most picturesque and challenging world-class mountain biking trails, hailed by many as the best in Ireland, but now we have a world class athlete competing on them. Combined with the fact that riders both from all over UK and Ireland as well as some international guests have the chance to experience the trails and take part alongside Gee, it doesn't get much better than that."

Red Bull Foxhunt will take place over a period of two days, with qualifier time-trials taking place on the 5th and the event beginning proper on Sunday, October 6.

The event will be open to downhillers from all over the UK and Ireland and will once again have a mass-start format.

If you would like to compete in Red Bull Foxhunt event this year visit: www.redbull.ie to register.

Further event details will be released over the coming weeks.

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