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Cycling - Mountain Biking

Wednesday 3 August

What to expect

Mountain Bike demands balance, speed, endurance, precision, technical mastery and nerves of steel. Competitors battle not only each other and the clock, but a challenging course as well.

The cyclists will hurtle downhill, power uphill and navigate treacherous terrain all in the scenic setting of Cannock Chase Forest

There is a viewing area for ticket holders near the start/finish but those without tickets are encouraged to head to the trail viewing areas.

Date: Wednesday 3 August 2022 (11:30 to 16:00)

Location: The event takes place as Cannock Chase Forest. There is a ticket holder only viewing area but people without tickets are encouraged to head to the trail viewing areas as shown on the map. Please make sure you follow Forestry England’s code for visitors at all times.  

Course Length: 6-8 laps of the course will be completed. A decision about the actual number of laps will be made by officials in the days leading up to the event based on conditions and other factors.

Men’s Race:

First rider start: 11:30

Last rider finish: Expected 13:00

Women’s Race

First rider start: 14:00

Last rider finish: Expected 15:30


Cannock Chase Forest Transport Map

Before you leave home

Visit The Games Visit
  • Arrive early

    Don't miss a second of the action.

    To avoid disappointment, aim to arrive at your preferred viewing spot well before the start of the race.

  • Be prepared

    You are likely to spend most of your time outdoors so check the weather forecast and be prepared for all British summer time weather conditions.

    Appropriate footwear will be a must. All the cheering and celebrating works up an appetite, so bring a picnic with you or check-out the best place to grab a bite to eat near the course.

  • Ensure your phone is fully charged

    Everything you need for your day at the Games is accessible on your mobile phone, so be sure to charge it up before you leave.

    Don't worry about losing signal, as the Games App is available to use offline.

About the area - What to do and where to stay

About the area – what to do and where to stay 

The Forest, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is within the district of Cannock Chase, Staffordshire. Cannock is a lovely area to explore however spectators are reminded to do so respectfully and in the knowledge of Forestry England’s code for visitors to the Forest.

The district comprises the towns of Cannock, Hednesford and Rugeley - proud former mining towns whose heritage is expertly captured at the charming Museum of Cannock Chase. Home to the McArthur Glen Designer Outlet West Midlands offering top retail brands, the district has excellent road and rail links putting the nearby National Trust’s Shugborough Estate, Chasewater, Birmingham, the Black Country, historic Lichfield, and the county town of Stafford all within close reach.

If you’re visiting from further afield why not stay a while and enjoy all that the region has to offer. Whether visiting for the day or staying a little longer, you’ll find lots to do in the area. Discover more about what to do and where to stay in the local area

Don't miss the action

Some hints and tips to help you enjoy your day

  • Get there early and make a day of it: Get to the trails by about 11:00 and enjoy the action until the middle of the afternoon. You’ll have plenty of time to grab a bite to eat during the early part of the day, so you can refuel for the afternoon’s action. If you can’t make the earlier race, make sure you get to the trails by 13:30 for the afternoon’s action.
  • Choose the best spot to watch: There is a ticket only viewing area at the start/finish line however we have created some designated viewing areas for those without tickets and the action will be spectacular from these areas. We have created the handy map at the top of the page to show the viewing areas and the trails to use. Pick your spot and enjoy your day.
  • Don’t get caught out: Although schools will be closed for the holidays, don’t forget it is a normal working day for many. Please think about when and how you travel, avoiding usual commuter times if you can, that way you won’t miss any of the action.
  • Soak up the atmosphere:  There will be plenty to see and do around the course and if you’re heading further afield before or after the event, why not check out the Birmingham 2022 Festival activities.
  • Enjoy your day respectfully: Cannock Chase Forest is within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and so we ask all spectators to observe Forestry England’s code while enjoying their time in the Forest whether that’s taking litter home with you if possible, using the designated toilet areas at all times or generally being respectful of the forest environment.
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