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Downhill: According to the NORBA competition guide, a downhill is "A time trial of sustained descending occurring between a start line and a finish line which is located at a lower altitude. Competitors typically depart the start line in timed intervals (i.e. 30 seconds)."

Downhill races in the midwest are usually held at ski resorts and are generally very short, with times of 1 to 3 minutes being the most common. Despite their short length, racers attain speeds near 50mph at times.

Suspension is a must in downhill racing, and dual suspension is the norm. Other downhill specific bike accessories include chain tensioners, raised stems, and raised handelbars.

Example Courses

Cairns Austrailia Downhill
Course Length2.5 kilometers
Single Track800 meters
Double Track1700 meters
Highest Point320 metets
Finishing Height20 meters
Average Grade13 percent
Expected Time4 to 4.5 minutes


Chateau-d'Oex, Switzerland
Course Length3.950 meters
Single Track24%
Wide Track76%
Highest Point1.670 metets
Slope730 meters
Finishing Height940 meters
Average Grade10.5%
Expected Time6.3 to 7 minutes








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