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About descent-world

Descent-World is a UK LTD company guaranteed by shares.

Chief Contributor / Editor / Photographer / Owner – Tommy Wilkinson
Senior Editor/Photographer – Ian Linton –
Founding director – Jon Beckett –
Tech Editor / Senior tech contributor : Allan Doyle
World Cup Photographer : Zach Faulkner #mtbjesus
UK ” scene and adventure ” contributor : Max Neely

Many others who we greatly appreciate!

Founded in the mid ’90s, Descent World was one of the World’s first specialist downhill mountain bike websites. Today we are proud to still be one of the UK’s premiere mountain bike sites, unlike many of our competitor sites, we are independently run with a burning passion for anything biking.

We provide a platform for telling creative and engaging stories , stunning World Cup Race Coverage, a chance for creatives to showcase their photography and some quite excellent independent product reviews.

We are also well respected by the world’s top riders, many of whom we can call friends.

If you don't know @tommywilkinson you're doing it wrong. #notbroken Credit: @zachfaulkner

Tommy Wilkinson is acting editor, creative direction, and photographer. He is technically the Managing Director too but what kind of title is that! With his passion for both the sport and stunning photography, Tommy has re-injected both attributes into the pages he now oversees for Descent-World.

A serious crash in 2013 ( After returning from New Zealand ) left Tommy with a spinal cord contusion, fractured skull, bleed on the brain, herniated disc and a paralysed right arm. It is testament to Tommy’s unassuming but steely will power that many simply assume he has only a broken arm now. Thanks to a recent new NotBroken brace, we’re expecting him to be out on the trails a bit more again soon. Many will remember Tommy from racing in the mid to late 2000’s, a regular podium rider at SDA races ( He still reminds us that he destroyed the junior category at Strathayre in 2005 by nearly 10 seconds….)and growing up in the same age class as Brendan Fairclough, Matt Simmonds and Ben Cathro. Tommy also had a craic at World Cups in 2005 and 2006 after collecting UCI points when he didn’t crash, though he spent most of this time cutting his wrists out of casts to try and race and possibly having a bit too much fun of the bike….!

Ian Linton - pocket-wizard in hand taking a selfie

Ian Linton – pocket-wizard in hand taking a selfie

Ian Linton has been an integral part of the descent-world family for many years, he’s now established as one of the best Photog’s in the UK. He can ride too and is often seen up high on the Minch with a pocket wizard taped to his bars.
A man of many talents, of course non that we have seen yet except for his photography ;> Ian is the man when it comes to race photos, you’ll see him at virtually every race with his trusty Canon 1D cocked and ready…and then you can browse through them all at

Innerleithen 2013 Photo: Keith Valentine

Innerleithen Photo: Keith Valentine







Jon Beckett raced BMX since 1979 and DH for more years than he would like to admit, he was a little fed up with the lack of action in the mainstream mtb press back then, so he then decided to start doing web based reports and results for many of the UK regional DH series. descent-world has no doubt been one of the best independently run websites in the UK, since ’96.

Now taking a back seat, Jon has taken on the ” founding director ” role but can still be found at the coal face during Fort William World Cup week and beavering away on the YouTube channel.



Here’s how to contact us…

Postal Address:

5 Fenwick Village,
Berwick upon Tweed
TD15 2PQ

Contributions are a vital part of making descent-world awesome and we are always interested to here what you have to say, for more details please email

UK company number:9848808
Registered address:
8 Linnet Court
Cawledge Business Park
Hawfinch Drive
NE66 2GD

All Enquires: 07849770662 and talk to Tommy.