Red Bull Weavers

A dual slalom downhill race like no other on a course cut out of shoulder-high wheat crop

On August 20, 70 of the UK’s top amateur and professional mountain bikers took part in Red Bull Weavers.

This unique contest saw the riders compete against each other in a dual slalom downhill bike race with a difference. The downhill course was cut into a crop field that contained shoulder high wheat crop.

The riders also had to content with steep declines, blind corners and tight-lines.

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An unusual ride
Competitors were brought to Highchurch Farm, the venue for Red Bull Weavers, by tractor.

An unusual ride

Competitors are brought to Highchurch Farm, the venue of Red Bull Weavers, by tractor. It will rank as one of the most unusual forms of transfer transport for these group of riders.

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Get, ready, set, go
Kye Forte and a fellow participant get ready for the start of Red Bull Weavers

Get, ready, set, go

Red Bull's Kye Forte and a fellow participant get ready to race.

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Dual action
Participants race during Red Bull Weavers

Dual action

Finding the best line through the crop was critical to gaining distance on a competitor.

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Busting a gut
Kye Forte and a participant compete during Red Bull Weaver

Busting a gut

Kye Forte puts in the maximum effort to make sure he has an advantage over his fellow dual slalom racer.

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Field of dreams
An overview of the type of course that met challengers at Red Bull Weavers

Field of dreams

Twelve custom made 29” rides were specifically created for the event.

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No easy task
A rider finds the going tough as he comes off his bike

No easy task

A bike goes flying as a rider finds it tough going out on the course.

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Speed and finesse
Kye Forte turns on the speed as he powers past a fellow competitor on the dual slalom course

Speed and finesse

Kye Forte uses the power in his legs to generate more speed. Riders were able to reach speeds of up to 30mph as they cut through the wheat.

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Fields of Gold
Kye Forte and another rider race through fields of corn at Weavers 2012 in Somerset

Fields of Gold

Kye Forte chasing the prize.

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Pick your path
Competitor is racing waist high in the corn at Weavers 2012

Pick your path

Dual Slalom tests riders skill and precision.

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Weavers Winners
winners take to the podium at bmx dirt weavers 2012

Weavers Winners

Lewis Lacey, Josh Bryceland and Dave Wardell take to the podium.

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