All 200 spots snapped up in a trice.

The all-female downhill chase-race is at a new and as yet unannounced venue this year – but it still sold all 200 entries in twelve minutes.

>>> Watch Rachel Atherton’s Foxhunt POV puncture-fest

Last year Red Bull doubled the amount of entries to its current allocation of 200 riders but this quick sell-out with no doubt have them contemplating how – and where – to do the 2018 Foxhunt.

Red Bull and Rachel herself deserve recognition for bringing about such a successful women’s racing event that clearly appeals to a whole spectrum of female mountain bikers, many of whom otherwise wouldn’t be entering any sort of bike event this year let alone one that’s essentially a mass-start Downhill scrum!

“I’m thrilled that Foxhunt is gaining more and more traction over the years. Last year, we doubled the number of places available and I’m stoked to see all these spots sell out in just 12 minutes this year. I can’t wait to unveil the new course to everyone involved – it’s going to be another special weekend of racing!” – Rachel Atherton.

2017 Red Bull Foxhunt course

Red Bull are keeping the precise details and location of the new 2017 track under wraps for the time being. It won’t be on an existing track or indeed probably on anything that is available to ride at any other time. The Red Bull Foxhunt 2017 course is a bespoke one-off new track built for this very event.

The brand new course is located near Rachel Atherton’s hometown of Machynllet hin North Wales.

The date has been confirmed however. The weekend of October 7-8th, 2017.

Traditional roles will once again be reversed, as the hunters become the hunted, and a mass start will see 200 female riders playing the part of the hounds as they try to outride the best female downhill racer in the world – Rachel Atherton.

The event takes place over the full weekend, to include practice runs, seeding and the main event, against a festival backdrop of entertainment and refreshments for the female downhill MTB community to enjoy.

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Rachel says…

“The last few years have been so much fun and with a new venue this year it’s going to be the best Foxhunt ever! I’m really looking forward to chasing down such a great crowd of women again.

“Definitely the most exciting thing for me is that I get to showcase the female Red Bull Foxhunt in my hometown, two of the things I love put together!

“I’m proud that the Red Bull Foxhunt is the biggest all female MTB event in the World, and prouder still of the women of all abilities who race! I can’t wait for an exciting race and a great weekend hanging out with the women who make our sport what it is!”

If you recall, Rachel didn’t win last year’s Foxhunt in Cumbria (it was about the only thing she didn’t win!) after a puncture blighted her run.

You can be sure she won’t want to let that happen again. You have been warned!