Firecrest Mountain Biking to organise the Races on Aston Hill in 2017

It’s hard to believe that it has been 10 years since I last organised the Downhill Races on Aston Hill, signing off on 10 years of Race Organisation (DH,4X and XC) on Aston Hill back in 2007. The Aston Hill Bike Park Committee have done a fantastic job in running events on Aston Hill over the past few years. However, it’s tough putting together events of the calibre they have been for a group of Volunteers in their spare time so in agreement with the Committee and the Forestry Commission I’m pleased to announce I’m back and I’ll be running Mountain Bike Races on Aston Hill in 2017.

Aston Hill Black Run 10.08.17 #Blackrun20I can’t wait to get started. 2017 is a pretty significant year for Mountain Bike Racing on Aston Hill as it marks the 20th Anniversary of Racing on the Black Run.

With that in mind I’d been speaking to Gary the Chair and the Committee about organising ‘Black Run 20’ for the past couple of years and when the opportunity arose to organise all of the races on Aston Hill in 2017 came up it was too good an offer to turn down.

I have three events planned for 2017 – two Downhill Races and a Pedalhounds Mulit-Stage Enduro Race.

Dates for your diaries: –

Firecrest MTB – Aston Hill Downhills

DH Race 1 – Ricochet – Sunday 12th March 2017
DH Race 2 – Black Run 20 – Sunday 10th September 2017 #BlackRun20

Pedalhounds Multi-Stage Enduro

Round 3 – Multi Stage Enduro – Sunday 25th June

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For those of you that were there at the first Black Run Race you’ll know what a milestone 20 years is. The bikes, the riders, the trails, they’ve all changed and of course the Black Run has got gnarlier as have we all, but it’s essentially the same Race Track that riders took on 20 years ago.

A few ‘tweaks’ will be added, taking you back to the original Black Run and celebrating 20 years of action on Aston Hill’s infamous ‘Black Run’. Catching up with the riders that have tamed the Black Run and a few that didn’t. It’s going to be a real celebration of all things Aston Hill and the Black Run. Don’t miss it!

Firecrest MTB Team Up with Pedalhounds Multi Stage Enduro

We are pleased to announce that Firecerest Mountain Biking will be working with Pedalhounds Multi Stage Enduro over the Autumn and Winter as the new series comes to venues across the South of England.


Entries are now open for the first event at the Land of Nod in Surrey on Sunday 2nd October. The Stage Designs are looking  great with lots of variation including Sweeping Grass Turns, Fast Sandy Tracks, Roots Stumps & Loam.

The race format will be:

  • 3 laps of between 2 to 5km in length
  • 4 to 5 timed short gravity fed stages per lap
  • Each stage will be ridden 3 times
  • Stages can be ridden in any order, mash up style
  • All stage times will be added together for the final result

This format will give riders between 12 – 15 timed stages, a lot of riding for your entrance fee!

The races are going to be run through Autumn 2016 – Spring 2017 in the South of England using a mix of old and new venues.

Entries for the first race to be held at Land of Nod, Headley, Nr Bordon, Hants on the 2nd October will are now live via

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