New Direction For British Downhill Series In 2007

Postby Melissa_Theuriau on Sat 26/Aug/06 7:15am

The 2007 British National Points (NPS) Downhill Race Series has been awarded to new Race Directors: Stephen Parr and Si Paton of SPS Ltd. British Cycling’s Off-Road Coordinator Roger Wilbraham today has announced that SPS Ltd have been successful in their tender application to run the NPS Downhill Series in 2007. The successful bid focuses on turning a race weekend into an "Event" to be enjoyed by the riders, their support crew and the local community. The riders will be tested physically and mentally to and beyond their limits on the UK's most challenging courses.

We have listened to the Marshalls, Spectators, Moms and Dads as well as the Riders to understand what they want, enabling us to deliver past their expectations a series worthy of the NPS title. Courses located around the U.K, Practise all day Saturday, two live timed runs Sunday, No1 Parademics, Trade Pitts, Professional Commentator, Marquee, Entertainment, Quality Sound System and no Uplift Queues!

To ensure maximum attendance from both riders and spectators for the 2007 NPS, full exposure both pre and after race in all the mountain bike related media as well as local press is planned to encourage the local community to attend. There will be a warm welcome to all bicycle industry companies who will be encouraged to attend and showcase their services and products to the benefits of the riders and supporting crowds.


Steve Peat
Santa Cruz Syndicate says, “It is such good news that Steve and Si have got the series now, coming from a riding background they are not afraid to ask or to be given advice to help our sport progress. The UK Downhill race scene is ready to move up a gear and progress to the next level and beyond. This exciting news is just going to bring it on, no end. Nice one guys, see you at the Nationals in 2007. Cheers....."

Chris Porter says, “2007 promises to be an exciting year for British DH racing! As you probably know, Mojo Suspension took the step of boycotting the National Points Series in 2006. We believe both racers and sponsors will now get value for money now that a promoter who has the long term future of the sport in mind has been secured. Mojo Suspension can now start turning up at races again! I guess we'll see you all at the new, revitalized NPS next year..“

Steve and Si look forward to welcoming you all trackside to the brand new NPS in 2007, wether your working, riding or spectating..

Steve and Si’s Background:

Steve Parr: In his fourth year of having great success co-directing one of the U.Ks best regional race series. Above and beyond call he has introduced to cold and hungry racers his famous pig roast and camp bonfire where riders sit, late into the night stretching tales of their riding feats.. Steve's not afraid to get his hands dirty, as he is the Team Mechanic for Ancillotti UK and a keen racer in the Vets category he started 2006 flying by winning the Midlands Winter Series and subsequently has been more than familiar with their podiums this summer.

Si Paton: Skater, BMXer, XC and then DH Rider and Deputy Editor of his Palm Pilot is a who's who of the community we roll with.. Over 10 years of racing Nationals and Regionals under his belt and away trackside over 36 weekends a year along with his Vegas Interbike trips he has a firm understanding of what to deliver to the rider and the bicycle trade. To ensure your safety and fair play, he's an "A" ranked British Cycling Commissaire as well as commentator for the NPS 4x, Midlands and Nationals with his unique style and knowledge of the tracks and riders that is second to none. Racing Masters, his career high lights were in 2003 at the National 4x and Downhill Champs with a Silver and Bronze medal respectively. This years NPS DH is going to plan with a 3rd, 4th and a 5th, he's currently lying in 3rd place!
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