As the sun sets on Saturday 17th September the Open Men's category will lead the charge into the darkness of Black Park for the 2016 edition of Night of the Knobbly Tread. Situated close to Pinewood Studios and well known as the location for the Forbidden Forest in the Harry Potter films, Black Park provides a fast twisty circuit, ideal for close racing and with enough technical challenge to keep the best on their toes as they hurtle through the unlit singletrack.


The venue will be well know to many having hosted numerous races including rounds of the Southern XC Series and promoting club West Drayton MBC have been busy building new sections including fresh singletrack to spice things up for the regulars. The course drains well and the course has been in great shape recently so the recent rain should not have any major impact on the tracks. The venue boasts hard-standing car parking and decent toilet facilities.

Action starts at 7:45pm, 15 minutes later than originally planned to ensure the races will be help in complete darkness from the outset. Event sponsor Exposure Lights will be on hand to help with advice and information on the best setup for night riding and racing. They will also have both handlebar and helmet lights for hire.

Start times are as follows:-
Open Men 7.45 pm
Veteran Men 7.47 pm
Grand Veteran men 7.48 pm.
Fun Men 7.49 pm.
All women cats 7.51pm

The organisers recommend a pre-race practice lap to orientate yourself before darkness envelops the venue. The course will be open and marked out from 6 p.m.


Entries on the day are being accepted. As well as exciting racing and a fun course there will be fantastic prizes on offer from sponsors Exposure lights and the Specialized Concept Store Ruislip. There will also be champagne and unique trophies for podium getters.

Black Park Country Park is situated between Uxbridge and Slough, easily accessible from the M40, M4 and M25.

Here's a video from the 2015 event:-

More information is available here:-