by Ben Haworth
June 11, 2009
The Mash-Uppers write…
The Kona Mash-Up started in August 2008 and this coming weekend will see the 2nd and improved edition of this unique event concepts that combines timed sections with neutral zones and all on some of the best trails the UK has to offer.
So far around 350 riders have entered in either or sometimes both of the two categories on offer looking to beat their own personal best on one of the 6 timed sections or even to go for gold for the over all title. For more info on the event go to http://www.konaworld.uk.com/mash-up/
The registration will open at 5pm on Friday (12th June) afternoon and will stay open till around 8pm. It will reopen on Saturday (13th June) morning at 8am and will stay open till 12pm (noon).
Entries / day entry:
We are still taking entries. You can enter via the entry form page on our website (http://www.konaworld.uk.com/mash-up/entry.php) till Thursday night. There will also be day entry available but please note that there is a £5 surcharge for entering on the day.
Start time / timing finish:
The event has an open start from 9am on Saturday morning onwards. There is no preset start time for riders and riders can start as late as 12pm (noon). You can’t start after 12pm (noon). The timing will finish at 5pm on Saturday so only runs you completed by then will count.
After teething problems at the 2008 event we have spent lots of time, money and effort on the timing so that it is perfect. There are several timed sections out on course that will register your timing chip/ or/and number (on your bike) as you ride past/over them. At the beginning of these timed sections you will find a timing marshal who will give you an idea of who is ahead of you and how far ahead so that you can plan your start as best as possible.
New for 2009 will be the fibre optic supported live timing on the black run which should give riders instant run times. Providing we get a stable internet connection from Windy Point (start of the black run) down to the café we should be able to have the results also on the big screen down the bottom. Failing that we are aiming and putting up ongoing results in the Café as well as at the top of the climb. The presentation is planned around 7pm at the Drop Off Café.
How to get there:
The event village as well as the start/finish of the Kona Mash-Up is based at the Glyncorrwg Mountain Bike Centre. For directions please go to our partner shop Skyline Cycles who are based at the Centre http://www.skylinecycles.co.uk/id3.html
What is going to happen after the event?
The timing will stop at 5pm and we are aiming to have the prize presentation on the decking area of the Drop Off Café at 7pm seamlessly followed by the event party at the Café. Ian from the Drop Off has organised some great acts for the event. London Band Golddigger will be performing a couple of sets throughout the night and then our favourite DJ Coriander will be in the kitchen pumping out the beats till the early hours.
The Café will be open for business with food and drinks all night. Drop Off Café sponsored rider, World champion Tracey Moseley will be making an appearance and entering herself to challenge the ladies table and some of the boys too.
The official event comes to an end after the prize presentation but we are inviting riders to stay on till Sunday to go out once more and enjoy the trails – maybe then on one of the many test rigs available.
Test bikes event village:
Prepare yourself for the latest stuff from Kona, Torq, Muc-Off, Sombrio, Ritchey, CycleOps, NoTubes, Saris, Orange, Nicolai, Gemini, Commencal, Santa Cruz, Cove, Bionicon, Intense and Merida. There will be lots of test kit available on Saturday and probably also on Sunday.
Kona Bicycles will have a range of 2009 bikes for demo in conjunction with Skyline Cycles, Included in the line-up will be the new Stinky, Dawg and you can even try a Hei Hei 29er.