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Northern Downhill’s Kielder TT

Northern Downhill’s Kielder TT

A techy small trail in a vast forestry and moorland expanse For the second time this year northern downhill returned to Kielder forest. Kielder Forest is a behemoth of man made woodland in Northumberland, England with three quarters of its 250 miles covered by forest. It’s famous for many things – Colin Mcrae’s legendary drives through the famous “Pundershaw” stage, it’s enormous reservoir, where the old village lies beneath and having an incredible observatory. Recently, it’s been getting back on the […]

NDH TT – Eastgate

NDH TT – Eastgate

Eastgate is a small village in Weardale, which also has parts that fall within the North Pennines, one of the largest areas of natural beauty in England. The upper valley is surrounded by high fells and heather grouse moors. It’s an area steeped in lead mining history and quarries, beautiful rolling hills and heather as far as the eye can see. This particular race was a TT or Time Trail, push up the hill and ride down as fast as […]

Ard Rock MTB Festival

Ard Rock MTB Festival

    Ardrock is one big event, in more than one way! With a total circuit of 45km (in country miles) of Swaledale bliss set in the Yorkshire Dales , the downhill sections boast Alpine style, 100% natural sections that riders will be talking about for weeks afterwards. Plus the fact that in the region of 2800+ riders were registered to take part in racing over the weekend.   The event has become a bit of an MTB festival that […]

Northern Downhill “Funduro”

Northern Downhill “Funduro”

Saturday evening saw Carl Davison and his Northern Downhill (NDH) team targeting new racers with a “Funduro” race at Hamsterley Forest in Durham. Hamsterly is a forest with trails that really do cater for all – from family cycle tracks, through to classic trail centre laps and some short, but full on DH tracks frequented by a certain former World Champion, Danny Hart. The man himself and the driving force behind NDH. Carl Davison The NDH normal enduros have a […]

NDH Orange Backcountry Enduro.

NDH Orange Backcountry Enduro.

First conceived in late 2008, Kidland DH track has gone to become the stuff of legend. While it may be short at under two minutes in length, the track, situated in Northumberland National Park is steep, technical and a challenge that is rarely found these days. Since then, Carl and his team at NDH have been expanding, building a little more, but always retaining their core track values. It may scare some riders away, but the appeal it has to […]

The Hamsterley Beast roars again!!

The Hamsterley Beast roars again!!

On 15th May 2016 a greater roar could be heard around Hamsterley Forest in County Durham, England for the second year running. The Beast had returned bigger and better! What is “The Beast” I hear you say? A mountain bike challenge ride around the Hamsterley Foresty Commision territory, it’s sole purpose to raise money for the Great North Air Ambulance Services (GNAAS). Riders take a breath and fill up on water and fuel…….Cakes!! provided by volunteers (@JWDTphotography) The idea of […]

PMBA Enduro series kicks off the season at Gisburn

PMBA Enduro series kicks off the season at Gisburn

Pennine Mountain Bike Association or PMBA for short, is an ever increasing enduro race series not only in numbers racing but also races within the year. These guys cover most of the North of England. The series is run by Mike Marsden, Kev Duckworth and his Borderline team, who also put on numerous downhill races and a Welsh Enduro Series. This race called Escape to Gisburn, was a five stage race covering a total of 11.7 miles around Gisburn Forest. […]

Northern Downhill Enduro returns to Kielder

Northern Downhill Enduro returns to Kielder

Organiser and event boss Carl Davison checking the stage and setting up timings before race (JWDTphotography) Sunday saw the NDH enduro riders take on a pretty varied course at the behemoth that is Kielder Forest in Northumberland . Another 3- stage race on Kielder’s infamous Deadwater hill. At a smidge under 1900 feet (571m) this proved to be a brutal test for riders; 2 of the stages starting at the top of the summit and the final stage an easy […]

Northern Downhill goes north of the Border

Northern Downhill goes north of the Border

Just 2 months into  2016 and already Northern Downhill have put on 3 great races, all of a different style. January saw the Funduro aimed at race novices (it still attracted elite riders), then came the awesome 3 stage Hamsterley Enduro on valentines day no less, and finally 2 weeks later a time trial (TT) race in the forest of Ae in Scotland on 28th February. Robert Proudlock trying to keep it low near the end (JWDTphotography) I’ve never been […]

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