King of the Mountains 2011…

June 30 2011

There are great downhillers, relentlessly fit XC racers, and endurance specialists who can keep spinning indefinitely; but what about those who are proficient at all three? If you're a good rider but subject to relative mediocrity in a single discipline, this could well be your niche. Incorporating events designed to find the UK's best mountain biker, this is a series designed for the jack-of-all-trades, people out for a proper challenge rather than one shot at success. So you're a mountain biker right? Prove it...

King of the Mountains Steve Deas Orange Bikes

The man to beat, Steve Deas on the rocks at the Tour de Ben. 

10@Kirroughtree

The series starts just over a week away, a ten hour assault on one of the UK's finest trail centres. Kirroughtree sees riders slalom between trees, fly down natural shoots, contour across root sections and head back along the red route to the comfort of the pits. Approximately ten miles per loop, the guys at No Fuss have you clamouring to get back on the bike and enjoying another quality lap. It might sound like one for the XC boys, but there's plenty opportunity for technical riders to gain valuable time. Not convinced on the fun factor? Watch MTBcut's masterpiece from last year's festivities.

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Singletrack Magazine's Sim Mainey seemed to enjoy himself...

Endurance DH

The Endurance DH is arguably the most brutal of the three events, a six hour race on the Fort William World Cup track. What does that mean to the average trail rider? Hitting a fine reliability line between speed, control, energy and bike conservation. Ride too hard and you're likely to blow up before your fifth lap, ride too slow and you're out of the game. The cruel twist? Any replacement parts used on your bike will result in time penalties. So before you chance that gap jump or bludgeon through the rocks, think of the bigger six hour tactical picture. It's surprising who does well in this event, it's not just an event for the DH racers. The video shows the mix of riders attending, the perfect introduction to DH. 

Downhill bikes are a definite plus on this track, but ride what you brung...

Tour de Ben Nevis

The big one, an epic circumnavigation of Britain's highest mountain. The Tour de Ben Nevis is a 72km loop starting and finishing in Fort William, with five timed stages covering climbing, descending and traversing, there's something in there for everyone. Finishing the Tour de Ben Nevis is a massive achievement and a great place to explore natural riding for what it can be at its best: wild. Who does well here? Someone who's a mountain man through and through, not necessarily a racer but someone used to spending quality time on a bike. Lets be honest though, taking part is enough for the majority. Watch MTBcut's pro edit and our amateur videographic offering to understand the scale.

Ruari Watt James Shirely Orange Bikes Tour de Ben Nevis

Last year's top two, James Shirley and Ruari Watt. 

How does it work?

Enter all three events and you’ll automatically be entered into the overall series. You’ll get a position for the individual event, with points allocated for those taking part in the King of the Mountains series. The cumulative points winner takes all, pretty simple. You sign up and No Fuss will do the rest…

The Prize?

Complete all three events and you have our upmost respect, we've ridden it too, we know what's involved. If you come away as the series leader, we'll give you a shiny new Orange Five frame. Don't for a minute think it's out of reach, with so many of the fastest riders missing one or more events, you could just do it...

Steve Deas

You'd look pretty pleased with a new Five frame to take home, Steve Deas.

Last year a select clan of females were representing, we'll have a Diva hardtail frame up for grabs for the hardy few. Jo Cardwell took top honours last year, who's going to challenge her for 2011?

So you're a mountain biker right? Prove it...

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