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Red Bull Foxhunt - Biggest 'mass start' downhill event in Europe returns to Co Down

One of the biggest ‘mass start’ downhill events in Europe returns to the mountain bike trail in Rostrevor, Co Down this weekend.

More than 400 riders (‘the hounds’) will hit the picturesque surroundings of the Mourne Mountains and try to outfox two-time Downhill World Champion (2010 & 2014), Gee Atherton (‘the fox’).

From decorated pros to weekend warriors from around Ireland, the pack will tear down the three and a half miles of unforgiving downhill course encompassing wind bleached moorland, mud-spattered forests and hair-raising sprints, each adrenaline pumped biker tirelessly battling to cross the finish line before the advancing fox.

Speaking ahead of the Red Bull Foxhunt, Gee Atherton said: “I can’t wait to get back.  It’s an epic course which is definitely not for the faint-hearted, and guaranteed to pose a seriously tough challenge to the hunters. I came thirteenth over the finish line last time, so I am looking to be first this year."

The ‘hounds’ will start from atop Slieve Martin by bugle signal approximately 15 seconds before the pursuing 'fox’, Gee Atherton. 

The course combining sections of existing track with additional mountain and multi terrain sections, will begin atop Slieve Martin before descending through sections of trail, moorland and forest to the sprint finish in the grounds of Rostrevor’s, Kilbroney Park

Red Bull Foxhunt started in Ireland in 2011 and this year will be held in several countries throughout the world including Scotland and Denmark.  Last held in Rostrevor in 2013, first place went to Colin Ross, who thundered into the finish line arena with a good lead ahead of Greg Callaghan of Dirt Norco and Joe Barnes of the Dudes of Hazzard coming in third.

Red Bull Foxhunt 2015 qualifiers will take place on Saturday with the event itself taking place on Sunday at 1.00pm.  Spectators are welcome to watch this epic event, though viewing will be restricted in certain places along the route.

Red Bull Fox Hunt Info for Spectators

Thinking of attending the Red Bull Fox Hunt Event as a spectator?

• Parking will be provided in the Spectator car park – please follow signs on arrival

•  We would advise people attending the event to wear appropriate outdoor wear, given the nature of the Forest Park terrain.

Thinking of visiting Kilbroney forest park on the weekend of the Red Bull Fox Hunt Event?

• If you are coming to Kilbroney forest park on 3rd and 4th October but not attending the event, the main car park and the forest drive car park will operate as normal to the public

• Please note – Due to the event there will be increased mountain bike uplift vehicle activity on the roads within the forest park.

Belfast Telegraph