by Ben Haworth
October 7, 2009
As the leaves begin to fall and the winds begin to get chillier it can only mean that we are hurtling full pelt into winter. But don’t despair; to bring a warm glow into your cycling fun during those long winter months, those experienced Gorrick folk have joined forces with the Army Cycling Union and along with title sponsor Merida, are bringing you a fabulous new winter experience – to run along side their popular Autumn Classic series.
There is something for everyone, with 4 hour and 2 hour enduro formats aimed at those who want a proper winter workout, while the 1-hour fun category gives riders a taste of what’s involved without all the miles. Trophies will be awarded at every round but don’t worry if you’re not a race winner, keep an eye out for our fabulous spot prizes and you might find yourself taking home a great prize. All you have to do is enter, turn up, ride and enjoy.
This three event enduro series kicks off in November. All the events will be utilising new courses that are full to bursting with all those much loved Gorrick favourites: fast, flowing singletrack coupled with toe tingling technical sections along with a smattering of lung burning climbs, just enough to keep those winter blues at bay, all situated in the Hampshire and Surrey countryside.
Timelaps will be on hand to record those all important times, while Joolze Dymond will be on hand lurking in the bushes capturing your moment of glory. Lings/Honda have also joined forces with the team along with Mule Bar, Goodness Shakes, Dirt Worker and Component Creatives to make this enduro series happen.
R1 – 29th November
Rushmoor Arena, Aldershot, Hampshire
R2 – 28th December 2009
Ash Ranges, Ash, Surrey
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R3 – 31st January 2010
Parkhurst Hill, Tweseldown, Hampshire
For more info check out the website www.meridabrassmonkeys.com
P.S. If Enduro racing isn’t for you then remember that the Gorrick Autumn Classics start soon; 18th October to be precise. For your XC fix head over to http://www.gorrick.com and enter now for your chance to take on the trails of Tunnel Hill.