Barreling full speed down a rugged mountain with 550 other people while three of the world top downhill mountain bikers hunting you down might not sound fun to some people … but to most mountain bikers, it sounds like the ride of a lifetime.

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Red Bull’s seventh annual Foxhunt is returning to Rostrevor on 6 and 7 October 2018. This year, Foxhunt is giving 550 adventurous mountain bikers the chance to take to the summit of Slieve Martin, where they will then plummet 485m downhill through open-mountain moorland, brutal forest trails, and violent rock gardens in an attempt to cross the finish line before three of the world’s best mountain bikers.

The “foxes,” which will be held off for a few seconds at the start to allow the participants to get ahead, are none other than Loïc Bruni, Gee Atherton, and Irish native, Greg Callaghan. Participants will have their work cut out for them as they try to out-bike these pros. Loïc Bruni, a two time UCI World Champion, will be racing the mob for the second time, and Gee Atherton, who has won multiple mountain biking national championships, world championships, and world cups will be returning to the hunt as well.

Enduro World Series champion Greg Callaghan, who won the hunt back in 2012, will also be gunning for the throne this year.

“I’ve never been a fox before so I’m kind of scared,” says Callaghan, speaking to RedBull.com. “There are so many riders there and it’s at home so I’ll probably know half of them and I can’t be too mean to them! Anyone I take out will know exactly where to come to see me afterwards!”

Registration for Red Bull Foxhunt will be open on 1 August at 12 p.m. at RedBull.ie/Foxhunt. If you’re looking for an event that allows you to dramatically conquer violent, rough terrain with a smile on your face, this is it!

 

By Bri Doherty

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