Grassmarket to be uphill race track for one night

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Edinburgh’s historic Grassmarket is to be transformed into an uphill race track for one night.

BMX bikers, mountain bikers, road racers and fixed-gear cyclists will compete in a 170-metre sprint across the Grassmarket’s cobbled streets and up the challenging incline of Victoria Street.

Hundreds of cyclists will compete in Scotland’s first Red Bull Hill Chasers challenge on 30 March.

Red Bull Hill Chasers is the UK’s only multi-discipline uphill cycling race, and has been previously held in Bristol and Malaysia.

Around 500 bike enthusiasts will get a chance to race against their heroes, including world-renowned riders Michal Prokop and Jack Pullar.

The fastest 30 riders from sprint and time trial qualifiers will be selected to face ten elite cyclists in the main event.