Full calendar also released

The British Downhill Series will race at Revolution Bike Park for the first time in 2016.

Revolution Bike park is a 100 acre site based in Powys, Wales at the foot of Snowdonia with over 300 metres of vertical descent. It is most famous for the Atherton’s Quarry Line that was built in 2013. This is the first time that the BDS has visited Revolution Bike Park and follows the debut of Bike Park Wales in the series two years ago.

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Si Paton, the series organiser, said: “We’re very pleased to be able to welcome the event at Revolution Bike Park to the calendar for 2016. It’s a brilliant venue and will offer riders a new challenge.”

The BDS, won by Manon Carpenter and Joe Smith in 2015, will also visit Fort William, Rhyd-Y-Felin, Moelfre, Ae Forest and will conclude in September at the legendary Llangollen.

>>> Watch Gee Atherton hit one of the Revolution tracks at full pelt here

The coverage of the BDS will step up this year with live timing for practice and finals and Si Paton hinting at free wifi at every race, allowing riders to update their social media and post videos from each round.

Full dates for the 2016 British Cycling MTB Downhill Series

2-3 April 2016
Round one, Ae Forest, Scotland

14-15 May 2016
Round two, Fort William, Scotland

28-29 May 2016
Round three, Rhyd-Y-Felin, Wales

25-26 June 2016
Roudn four, Moelfre, Wales

27-28 June 2016
Round five, Powys, Wales

17-18 September 2016
Roudn six, Llangollen, Wales

Jonathan Day, British Cycling’s cycle sport manager, said: “We’re delighted to be able to confirm the dates for the 2016 British Cycling Downhill Series. The series was a huge success in 2015 with some great racing and fantastic crowds.

“The 2016 series will take in some of the biggest mountain bike venues across the country and showcase some of the best riders in the world.”