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Mountain bike slalom race through wheat fields? Whatever next…

The thing about extreme sport is that you can invent just about anything you like as long as it is wacky and fun and has an element of extreme to it. And when you have a company like Red Bull prepared to put their might behind an idea … well, the rest is a pathway to the stars!

The latest mad and crazy gambit is the first ever dual crop (a wheat field in this case) slalom mountain bike race. I mean, did you ever?!

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Red Bull Weavers 2012 - a dual crop slalom  mountain bike event

But it happened. And it was Fun. And it gave the chance for some of Britain’s emerging amateur talent to go head to head with some of the world’s top professional mountain-bike  riders.

The course was cut into the shoulder-high wheat crop, and featured steep declines, blind corners and tight-lines to test the mettle of the competitors. With riders expected to reach speeds of 40mph, the stage was set for one of the most adrenaline fuelled downhill bike events to date.

To qualify you had to do a single timed run through the winding wheat, and once the qualification times had been collected, the fastest 16 progressed into the final. The final format was a ferocious head-to-head battle down a double slalom run, each pair of riders dueling through the fields with only one progressing, until only two brave-bikers remained.

Josh Bryceland from Frome, UK, emerged the champion after setting a blistering time of 21.96 seconds to clinch top spot ahead of the likes of Kye Forte, creator of Red Bull Empire of Dirt, and course creator Dave Wardell. “It’s been such a great day, the weather has been awesome and the competition has been so strong. I never thought riding through a corn field would be so much fun,” said Bryceland. 36 riders took part in the event  that was held in the fields of Highchurch Farm last weekend.

You have to watch the Red Bull video!

No expense was spared for this madcap event. Twelve custom made 29” rides specifically created for the event allowed the riders to reach high speeds as they cut through the wheat. “The whole event today has been amazing, we have seen some brilliant riding from all the competitors, especially some of the amateur guys really pushing the professionals to the limits,” said Nick Larson of the bike creation team.

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