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Author Topic: Redbull Foxhunt Cavehill  (Read 8134 times)

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Redbull Foxhunt Cavehill
« on: November 23, 2012 »

Redbull Foxhunt rolls into town this weekend. 

Downhill MTB legend Gee Atherton is just one of the many famous riders returning to Ireland at the end of November to re-join the Red Bull Foxhunt.

The multiple World Cup winner will once again saddle up for Red Bull Foxhunt, an innovative downhill pursuit challenge where the hunters become the hunted.

In 2011, Wicklow’s Ballinastoe Woods hosted the inaugural event, with former Irish Olympian Robin Seymour taking the ultimate honours. Gee 'The Fox' Atherton managed to battle his way from the back of the field to claim sixth place, having hunted down almost 300 competitors.

This year’s event will take place in the picturesque surrounds of Belfast’s iconic Cave Hill Country Park. The challenging course, designed in conjunction with Belfast’s Plush Mountain Bike club, will begin at the park’s highest point, Napoleon’s Nose, before descending through moorland and forest to a sprint finish in the grounds of Belfast Castle.

Red Bull Foxhunt is a light-hearted play on the traditional and somewhat controversial past time of foxhunting. However, in Red Bull Foxhunt the roles are reversed. The fox, Gee Atherton, will chase down the hunt (comprised of all levels of downhill competencies) in a downhill cross-country MTB chase. The event is open to downhillers from all over Ireland and will once again have a mass-start format.

This epic course is not for the faint-hearted and is guaranteed to give both Gee and the massed hunters a seriously tough challenge. As The fox, Gee will be set free just after the main group and will attempt to fight his way past as many riders as possible. Each rider he passes is then eliminated.

By the time he reaches the finish line, the fox will hope to have satisfied his thirst for victory and captured all riders.

Red Bull Foxhunt takes place on November 24-25, 2012, over two days. with qualifying heats on Saturday November 24 and the event proper on Sunday November 25. The venue is Cave Hill Country Park, Belfast.



http://www.redbull.ie/cs/Satellite/en_IE/Article/Red-Bull-Foxhunt-Cavehill-Walking-and-Parking-021243286769436

Some info for walkers and spectators for this weekend at Cavehill.  The hill isn't closed to walkers and you can still get to the top.  There will be Marshalled crossing points.  Please obey marshalls instructions at all times.

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Re: Redbull Foxhunt Cavehill
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2012 »

Im goinging to see if i can make this ;-)
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Re: Redbull Foxhunt Cavehill
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2012 »

What an amazing two days  ;D  Still buzzing after the event. 

Just a pity that some tried to sabotage the track which could have resulted in serious injury. 




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Re: Redbull Foxhunt Cavehill
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2012 »

Just a pity that some tried to sabotage the track which could have resulted in serious injury. 

What did they do?

Ditto
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Re: Redbull Foxhunt Cavehill
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2012 »

Just a pity that some tried to sabotage the track which could have resulted in serious injury. 

What did they do?

Ditto

And Ditto Again?
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Re: Redbull Foxhunt Cavehill
« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2012 »

That looks amazing well done mate ;-)
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Re: Redbull Foxhunt Cavehill
« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2012 »

Many Thanks very enjoyable two days. My face was sore smiling.

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Re: Redbull Foxhunt Cavehill
« Reply #8 on: November 27, 2012 »

Are you in the picture and if so, where abouts ?
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Re: Redbull Foxhunt Cavehill
« Reply #9 on: November 27, 2012 »

Saw some of your pics thru a friend liking them on Facebook.. The one of you with your front wheel in the air ready to dart down the hill was class.
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Re: Redbull Foxhunt Cavehill
« Reply #10 on: November 27, 2012 »

Some great photos for the scrapbook alright.  The start line I am somewhere over on the left near a couple of guys in red.  Second one I am stuck in that pack somewhere near the middle to back.  Gears sticking so got a terrible start.

This is me over the finish line jump.



The one Kayakgirl mentioned (Cheers btw)
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Re: Redbull Foxhunt Cavehill
« Reply #11 on: November 27, 2012 »

There is one on the top of Cavehill with Belfast lough in background. It's the one of you just about to go off the edge.
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Re: Redbull Foxhunt Cavehill
« Reply #12 on: November 27, 2012 »

.....and yes I am doing Movember.  Glad its off in a few days but for a great cause.

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Re: Redbull Foxhunt Cavehill
« Reply #13 on: November 27, 2012 »

Ah I only wish that was me.  ;D That was the ex World Champion Gee Atherton.

If he went over that edge it would be certain death.  Thats a 3-400ft Drop Straight down.  I wouldnt have been attempting that.
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Re: Redbull Foxhunt Cavehill
« Reply #14 on: November 27, 2012 »

Holy smoke !!!!!!

loving it  ;D
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