British Cycling Announces Details for the 2024 UK National Series & Championships.

Nov 8, 2023 at 10:43
by Nick Bentley  

Press Release: British Cycling

British Cycling can today announce the dates and venues for the 2024 mountain bike Cross Country national series and championships, with national champions’ jerseys to be awarded in Dalby Forest for short track and cross-country and Kielder Forest for marathon.

The National Cross-country Series will kick off on 6-7 April with a fan-favourite opening round at Cannock Chase in Stafford. Having hosted the 2022 Commonwealth Games races, the venue has seen riders from all over the world compete here and will provide a fun and versatile course.

Riders will then head up to Scotland for the second round over the weekend of the 20-21 April in Kirroughtree Forest, which was the venue that saw Annie Last and Cameron Orr take national titles on a dramatically muddy day in 2022. Margam Park in Wales will remain a staple on the calendar, with riders tackling the famous Old School course on 11-12 May, before heading to the north east of England in Hamsterley. A fantastic venue that’s been a regular on the regional downhill calendar, Hamsterley is a venue that offers a fresh course for the cross-country riders to tackle on 8-9 June.

The national series will finish over the 29-30 June with a classic event on the cross-country calendar in Tong. The venue hosted the 2023 national championships, where under-23 world champion Charlie Aldridge and short track world bronze medallist Evie Richards secured the national stripes.

Riders will do battle once again at the 2024 national championships in Dalby, which was voted the best world cup course by the UCI in 2010. Taking place over the 19-21 July, riders will have the opportunity to be crowned the short track and Olympic national champions on a spectacular course that will be a favourite for spectators and riders alike.

To round off the season for the endurance mountain bike fans, the National Marathon Championships will return to Kielder Forest on 8 September, which saw Amy Henchoz and Ben Thomas take the titles in 2022. Situated in the picturesque Northumbrian countryside, Kielder Forest will host tough racing for riders and fantastic scenery for spectators.

British Cycling’s Sports and Participation Director, Jonathan Day, said:

“Today we can publish the first of our 2024 national calendars, and I'm delighted that we're once again able to include a selection of Britain's best loved courses to put our country's most talented riders through their paces. We're particularly pleased to welcome Hamsterley to the series, and both Dalby Forest and Kielder Forest provide excellent backdrops for our national championships.

“After elite success at the UCI Cycling World Championships at Glentress and another strong year of participation domestically, we're all looking forward to another great year on the trails in 2024.”

Charlie Aldridge and Cameron Mason were neck and neck throughout the Elite race with Charlie taking the win by just 13 seconds

Full calendar:

National Cross-country Series

Round 1: Cannock Chase, Stafford – 6-7 April

Round 2: Kirroughtree Forest, Dumfries and Galloway – 20-21 April

Round 3: Margam Park, Neath Port Talbot – 11-12 May

Round 4: Hamsterley Forest, County Durham – 8-9 June

Round 5: Tong, Bradford – 29-30 June

National Cross-country Championships

Dalby Forest, Pickering – 19-21 July

National Marathon Championships

Kielder Forest, Northumberland – 8 September "

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 With Dalby being my local, it's great to see it hosting a top level mountain bike race again. Rather close to the Olympics though! Interested to see what works get done to the course for the event. Considering how popular it is, Dalby trails currently see very little maintenance
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 I won't be doing the national marathon xc champs this year then, it was local to me
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 Ah great. Tong. Literally 20 mins ride from my door to the venue to spectate. Golden.
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 similar for me but a diff round, can't really not go and watch to support the sport really.

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