Pinkbike has been in touch with the guys at Freecaster about the DH1 series for a while now, and we're stoked to announce that the first date and location has been announced. The first event of the DH1 series will take place in Maribor, Slovenia
on May 12-13, 2012
. Maribor has been a very popular venue on the World Cup circuit in the past, the last UCI race there was in 2010. You can see our report on that event here
The Freecaster DH1 Series
Mick Hannah races at Maribor in 2010
For those of you that haven't really been paying attention so far the Freecaster DH1 Series
will consist of 6 Pro races that will run in sync with the UCI World Cup dates, so that riders can compete in both. The races will be filmed in HD and broadcast live on Freecaster.tv with the usual commentary by Rob Warner. This is awesome news for those of you that were worried about not getting your Sunday morning Warner fix. The races will feature men's and women's categories and will be open to a minimum of 150 riders. Saturday's will see a qualifying round with a Small Final of 30 riders and a Pro Final of 30 riders as well. The top 20 Pros will be protected, leaving 10 spaces for other riders to move into the Pro Final. The series overall will be based on the best 5 out 6 results, allowing riders to miss one of the events with taking a loss in the points.
So far support for the series has been good, with the CG Brigade, Santa Cruz Syndicate, Kovarik Racing
, and Scott11 all committing to the series already. More teams are sure to commit once the schedule becomes a little more solid.
|There has been room for more racing and it's nice to see someone stepping in and getting involved. I'm really excited to get the 2012 season underway! - Greg Minnaar|
- 6 pro races
- Dates & locations in-sync with UCI World Cup
- 8 x HD Camera TV Production minimum
- LIVE on Freecaster.tv with Rob Warner
- Prize money per DH1 Race € 11,025
- Prize money DH1 overall € 23,228Event Format
- Open to men and women
- Qualifying open for 150+ entrants
- 30 Riders in Small Final & 30 Riders in Pro Final
- Top 20 Pros protected for Pro Final
- Gap between Top 20 riders will be enough to show all of each run
- Participation required in all events to qualify for final ranking prize money
- 5 race results count, allowing teams to miss 1/6 races
DH1 promises to release a new date and venue for every 10,000 fans they get on their facebook page
, so be sure to go there and hit the "like" button. They've already posted the dates of the next race on their calendar
, May 19th and 20th.
For more info check out the DH1 Website here
Here is a video from the 2010 World Cup in Maribor.