In light of what is happening across the country we have the unfortunate news that we, as the Organising Committee, have decided that we can no longer go ahead with the Coleby Downhill Challenge 2020.

We have thought long and hard about what is in the best interests for the Competitors, Organisers, the Village and general public. The decision has not been taken lightly but has been made in accordance with Government guidelines in relation to the current outbreak of Coronavirus/ COVID-19 in the UK and the need to avoid unnecessary strain on our public services such as the Police and NHS.

Coleby Downhill Challenge 2020

Daredevil downhill racers are returning to Coleby on the weekend of 13 and 14 June 2020 to test themselves and their machines down the challenging Coleby Hill course.

Following the success of the Coleby downhill racing in June 2014, 2016 and 2018 where the course was described by racers as ‘one of the best in the country’ and reaching speeds in excess of 40 mph.

What is the Downhill Challenge?

Downhill soapbox racing is spectacular and breathtaking, and coupled with the quality of this year’s competitors, the competition should be fierce and exciting.

Where is Coleby?

Coleby is seven miles south of Lincoln, just off A 607. Map

What is happening?

Scrutineering of carts and bikes will take place on Friday and
Saturday 12 and 13 June.

Timed practice will take place on Saturday 12 June throughout the day, starting at 10 am.

The Downhill Challenge starts at 10 am on Sunday 13 June

Results and Presentations at 4 pm.

Anything else I need to know?

Around 2,000 people are expected to attend the event this year which will see inventive adrenaline junkies shoot down the winding course in their own modified soapboxes.

It provides family entertainment all weekend plus ample parking facilities available in the village.  

It is a charitable event hosted by Hykeham Lions and Coleby Village Hall Committee with all profits going to Lives (North Hykeham), Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance and other local charities.

In 2014, 12 soapboxes took part, 2016 20 soapboxes, 10 gravity bikes and 4 gravity sidecars went down the hill. 2018 saw 20 soapboxes, 8 gravity bikes and 4 gravity sidecars.

How much does it cost?

Spectators free 

A fantastic day out for all the family

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The organisers of Coleby Downhill Challenge and the owners of the land do not accept any responsibility for any damage, loss or injury to the entrants/spectators or equipment.


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