Mountain bike contest boosts county’s world-class status

20th May 2011.'Mountain Bike UCI World Cup, Dalby Forest.'Action from the mens elite race'Pictured Cech rider Jaroslav Kulhavy of team Specialized Racing, celebrates winning the mens elite race'Picture by Gerard Binks.
20th May 2011.'Mountain Bike UCI World Cup, Dalby Forest.'Action from the mens elite race'Pictured Cech rider Jaroslav Kulhavy of team Specialized Racing, celebrates winning the mens elite race'Picture by Gerard Binks.
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YORKSHIRE’S growing reputation for staging world-class events has been boosted by the success of a showpiece mountain bike competition, according to a tourism chief.

The 8,600-acre Dalby Forest in North Yorkshire was the setting for one of the six stages for the UCI Mountain Bike Cross-Country World Cup for the second year in a row. Thousands of spectators descended on the forest for the three-day event, which began with time trials through the centre of Pickering on Friday.

The world’s top mountain bikers riders then progressed on to the forest’s extensive cross-country tracks on Saturday and yesterday.

Welcome to Yorkshire’s chief executive, Gary Verity, said the weekend’s contest has helped to bolster the region’s reputation for staging leading tourism events.

He added: “This once again proves that Yorkshire can compete with the very best.”

Czech rider Jaroslav Kulhavy triumphed in the men’s elite competition yesterday, while 21-year-old French sensation Julie Bresset picked up the top spot in the women’s contest.

paul.jeeves@ypn.co.uk