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PhotoWe've been in the know about a new Freecaster supported DH series for awhile now, but only today has information about the series been publicly released. The creation of this series is in some way a direct response to the UCI's demand for more money to broadcast next year's World Cup series.

A quick run down:
  • For 2012, a series of six Freecaster/Nissan downhill races will be broadcast online, for free, in high-definition, with Rob Warner as the host.
  • The series will be known as the DH1 series.
  • Dates and locations work well with the UCI World Cup series, enabling racers to attend both events if they choose to do so.
  • Prize money is substantially larger than the UCI World Cup series ($14,500 per race and $30,600 for series overall).
  • The series is on the UCI calendar, but is managed privately.
  • Several major teams and riders have confirmed that they will attend.
  • Crankworx Whistler is rumored to be included in the package as well.

Event Format:
  • Open to amateurs and pros alike. The top amateurs will have the chance to compete against the pros. 
  • Qualifying open for 200+ entrants.  
  • 30 Riders in Small Final & 30 Riders in Pro Final.  
  • Top 20 Pros protected for Pro Final.  
  • Gap between Top 20 riders will be enough to show all of each run on the live feed.  
  • Participation required in all events to qualify for final ranking prize money.  
  • All but one of the race results count toward overall, allowing teams to miss one race.  

Be sure to "like" the new DH1 series on Facebook for the latest info.

We'll provide more details as they become available, including dates and locations.
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