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British Cycling has announced the dates for the 2021 domestic mountain bike calendar, which begins with the first round of both the cross-country and downhill series on the weekend of 17-18 April.

While the entire 2020 season was lost to the Covid-19 pandemic, a number of the cancelled events in the downhill series have been successfully rescheduled, including the rounds in Llangollen, Innerleithen and Caersws, and the national championships in Rhyd-y-Felin. The round at Innerleithen will be the first to take place at the venue since 2014.

A close-fought 2019 series ended in victories for Becci Skelton and Joe Breeden, while Stacey Fisher and Danny Hart will be looking to retain their national champions’ jerseys following their victories at Revolution Bike Park.

The five-round series will run from 17-18 April to 14-15 August, with the HSBC UK | National Cross-country Championships taking place on the weekend of 24-25 July. The venues for the series will be announced in due course.

In the 2021 series Kerry Macphee and Grant Ferguson will be defending their national series titles, while Frazer Clacherty and Annie Last were victorious in the 2019 HSBC UK | National Cross-country Championships at Cannock Chase.

The HSBC UK | National Marathon Championships will take place on Saturday 7 August 2021, with the venue also to be confirmed. Ben Thomas and Ruth Miller will return as defending champions.

HSBC UK | National Downhill Series

Round 1 – Antur Stiniog, Wales, 17-18 April

Round 2 – TBC, 8-9 May

Round 3 – Llangollen, Wales, 19-20 June

Round 4 – Innerleithen, Scotland, 14-15 August

Round 5 – Caersws, Wales, 25-26 September

Event organisers: SDA (x2), Gravity Events (x2) and Borderline Events.

HSBC UK | National Downhill Championships

Rhyd-y-Felin, Wales, 17-18 July

Event organiser: Pearce Cycles

HSBC UK | National Cross-country Series

Round 1 – TBC, 17-18 April
Round 2 – TBC, 1-2 May
Round 3 – TBC, 5-6 June
Round 4 – TBC, 3-4 July
Round 5 – TBC, 14-15 August

HSBC UK | National Cross-country Championships

TBC, 25-25 July

HSBC UK | National Marathon Championships

TBC, 7 August