The popular Red Bull Hill Chasers event in the UK will have a new home for 2013. After two years in Bristol in England, the multi-discipline uphill bike competition is moving to Edinburgh in Scotland.
Working with Edinburgh’s City Council, Red Bull has secured the use of the historic cobbles of Grassmarket and Victoria Street in the heart of the city as the race track for this battle between bike disciplines. The uphill sprint will be a challenging 170m race to the finish.
All the action for Red Bull Hill Chasers will take place on Saturday, March 30.
As ever, the unique urban event will give hundreds of bike enthusiasts - from BMX, mountain bike, road cycling and fixed-gear disciplines - a chance to race against elite bike athletes.
Battling head-to-head, amateur racers will be invited to take part in a timed hill sprint to prove that their discipline is the fastest and to qualify for the main event.
The fastest 30 riders from qualifiers will be selected for the main event where they will go up against 10 elite cycling legends in a bid to be crowned Red Bull Hill Chasers 2013 ‘King of the Hill’.
These main races could see mountain bikers up against fixed gear riders or BMX riders. It will all depend on the draw on the day.
Names of all the professional bike athletes who will compete in Edinburgh have yet to be confirmed in full but world-renowned riders Michal Prokop and Jack Pullar will definitely be competing.
Michal Prokop, the three times World Champion four-cross cyclist and Red Bull Athlete, said; “I’m really looking forward to visiting Edinburgh for the first time for this years Red Bull Hill Chasers! The race atmosphere is going to be amazing."
The qualifying rounds for Hill Chasers will be held from 6am on March 30, with the main event setting off at 7pm.
Bike enthusiasts from Scotland, across the UK and Europe are being encouraged to register to take part by visiting www.redbull.co.uk/hillchasers. Entry closes on the March 22.