Cancelled – Mountain Mania Cycles – Black Run Downhill Race – Aston Hill Bike Park – Sunday 7th July 2019

Race Cancelled – Statement from the Race Organisers

Mountain Mania Cycles – Black Run Race – Sunday 7th July 2019′
Thursday 6th June 2019 

It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce the cancellation of the Mountain Mania Cycles Black Run Downhill Race on Sunday 7th July 2019. There are a number of factors that have contributed towards me having to make this difficult decision, but with a month to go we simply don’t have the numbers we need to make the event viable.

Thanks again to those of you that have entered the Event to date and we are sorry that we are unable to bring you another day of classic downhill racing on the Black Run. We will of course be issuing full refunds over the next day or two to everyone that has pre-entered. If you have any questions please contact us via

Whilst it’s very disappointing, as always there are a number of lessons learned and we will be back with more downhill racing in 2020 and are already working on bringing you some new and exciting races and events.

If you’re craving some mountain bike race action on Aston Hill don’t forget that there is the Pedalhounds Multi-Stage Enduro Race on Sunday 25th August. Look out for entires going live for that soon through our social media channels and on the Pedalhounds Website and

Thanks again for your continued support.

See you on the trails.


Ian Warby

Firecrest Mountain Biking

Race Information:

Firecrest Mountain Biking is working in Partnership with the Forestry Commission and Aston Hill Bike Park to run Downhill Races on Aston Hill in 2019.

The Black Run is one of Aston Hill’s most infamous trails, having been on the race circuit for 22yrs it’s a classic and a racers favorite!

All racers will complete at least 1 Practice Run and get 2 Race Runs with the fastest time counting for their final category position.

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Race Categories

Categories in Mountain Bike Racing are age and ability based.

New Categories for the Black Run in 2019

We’ve introduced two new categories for the Black Run Race.

Trail Bike

‘Trail Bike’ for riders over the age of 13yrs choosing to race a Trail Bike with single crown forks and a maximum travel of 180mm outside of the age or ability categories.

Grand Veteran – 50yrs +

Due to popular demand we have added a Grand Veteran Category for riders over 50yrs of age. The rest of the categories are the usual mix of Age and Ability categories for younger riders please check that you enter the correct category based on the year of your birthday rather than your age on the day.

Hardtail – age 13+
Trail Bike – age 13+
E-Bike Male – age 13+
E-Bike Female – age 13+
Ripper – Riders in the years of their 10th, 11th and 12th birthday.
Juvenile – Riders in the years of their 13th or 14th birthday.
Youth – Riders in the years of their 15th or 16th birthdays.
Junior – Riders in the years of their 17th and 18th birthdays.
Senior – Age 19-29 – Riders in the years of their 19th to 29th birthdays.
Master – Age 30-39 – Riders in the years of their 30th to 39th birthdays.
Veteran – Age 40+ – Riders in the years of their 40th – 49th birthday.
Grand Veteran – Age 50+ – Riders in the year of their 50th birthday onwards.
Ladies – 18yrs and Over
Ladies – Under 18
Expert/Elite – Open to Expert and Elite Competitors only.

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Event Programme:

Saturday 7th July 2019

Aston Hill is open as normal and all riders must follow the local rules and fees.

The Race Course will be marked out on Saturday.

Saturday is not part of the Event. There are no Race Marshals or Medics on the track.

Registration – You can collect your Race Number Board on Saturday afternoon to save time on Sunday morning.

Please Note: You are responsible for your own safety and wellbeing on Saturday.

Sunday 7th July 2019

8.15am to 10.00am – Registration Open

You must sign on and collect your number board before 10am on Sunday. All riders must sign on and collect their number boards before Race Practice on Sunday.

Please Note: Full Face Helmets must be worn and done up for Practice and the Race.

Race Practice and the Race Marshals will be positioned along the Course for your safety. They will have red and yellow flags, radio communications and be briefed the morning of the race.

8.45am – 10.45am – Race Practice all riders must complete a minimum of 1 full run in Practice.

11.00am – 3.30pm approx. – The Race Runs (2 Race Runs per rider, weather and light permitting)

4.00pm – Prize Presentations – Product prizes for the top three in each age category

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Additional Information

Medical: Paramedic Medical Cover will be provided, on the Race Course and from an identifiable Base Station in the Event Arena.

Body Armour – We recommend that all riders, especially Juvenile and Youth age riders, wear body armour giving protection to the spine, elbows and knees.

Behaviour – For Anti-social behaviour, vandalism, riding mini-bikes, motorbikes, driving recklessly at the Event a rider will be disqualified and asked to leave the Event. Acts of violence, intimidation or vandalism will receive a lifetime ban. Under suspicion of theft, the police will be called and you will be detained until their arrival.

Dogs – All dogs are to be kept on a lead at all times. Please consider the safety of those competing and spectating before bringing your dog to the Event.

Race Timing: Race Timing will be carried out by Action Sports Timing –

Results will be posted at the Registration/Sign On Desk on completion of each Race Run and online by 12:00pm on the Monday after the event at the latest.

Illegal Drugs Policy: We run a zero tolerance policy on illegal drugs. If we suspect you are in possession of using illegal drugs, we will ask you to leave the venue and the Police may be called.

Camping: No Camping will be available onsite.

Event Updates: A Notice Board will also be on display at the Registration Desk for displaying updates and information regarding the Event.

Catering: There will be a caterer onsite providing fresh hot and cold food and refreshments.

Trade Stands: There will be Trade Stands at the Events selling a range of spares and accessories. Details will be posted on the Firecrest Mountain Biking Website and on Social Media.

Toilets: Toilets will be in the main car park on Aston Hill

Refunds and Transfers:

If you wish to cancel your entry please note the following cancellation conditions:

Refund Request: 29+ Days Notice: Entry fee minus a £10.00 administration charge per race cancelled. Refunds will be credited back to the payee and the account from which you originally paid within 28 days of your notice in writing.

28 days or less: NO REFUND

Please Note: You cannot not swap your entry with another rider.

Definition: The ‘Race Weekend’ starts from 15:00hrs on the Friday before the race. Therefore the timescales above mean all e-mails must be received by 15:00hrs on Friday 11th May 2018.

The above policies are not dependant on circumstances and are final.

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Please note we will not deal with any cancellations over the phone, by text or social media.

Please inform us of your full name, and category.

Force Majeure: If Firecrest Mountain Biking is prevented (directly or indirectly) from performing any of its obligations under the ‘Entry Agreement’ by reasons of act of God, Strikes, Trade Disputes, Breakdowns, Government or Political Action, interruption of Transport, Acts of War or Terrorism, Acts of Omissions by a Third Party or for any other reasons whatsoever outside of Firecrest Mountain Biking’s control, then Firecrest Mountain Biking will be under no liability whatsoever to you and may as its option, cancel the Event.

If the Event is cancelled Firecrest Mountain Biking will not be liable for costs of travel fares, hotels, or any other expenses that may be incurred.

It is your responsibility to ensure the Event is going ahead before travelling. We will do our best to inform you if the Event has to be cancelled but we do not accept liability if we are unable to contact you. We strongly advise that you check before making travel and accommodation arrangements.

If the event is cancelled we are unable to refund or part refund any entry fee, we are also unable to transfer your entry to another event.

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