by Ben Haworth
November 30, 2009
Less than a week to go before the Winter Kona Mash-Up gets going at the Glyncorrwg Mountain Bike Centre in Afan Forest near Port Talbot. The 2nd Kona Mash-Up will take place on Saturday the 5th of December with the registration being open on Friday afternoon/evening and Saturday morning.
Enter now / day entry:
Entries have been coming in thick and fast over the last few days with more than 350 riders being currently on the start list. There are still places available so if you haven’t entered yet make sure you get in soon. You can still enter via the online entry page (http://www.konamashup.co.uk/entry.php) up to Friday morning. Alternatively riders can enter on the line either at Friday afternoon/evening or on Saturday morning. There is a £5 day entry surcharge though.
The registration will open at 5pm on Friday (4th December) afternoon and will stay open till around 8pm. It will reopen on Saturday (5th December) morning at 8am and will stay open till 12pm (noon).
Start time / timing finish / timing window:
Due to the shorter daylight hours the timing on the July trail (only relevant for Endurance category riders) is only open from 9am to 1pm. The timed sections on the White’s Level trail (relevant to both categories) are open from 9am – 4pm. We will reserve the right to shorten the timing due to reduced light or adverse weather conditions. This will be announced before the start. Riders can start their ride (from the Glyncorrwg Mountain Bike Centre) at 9am on Saturday. There is no preset start time for riders and riders can start as late as 12pm (noon) – please keep in mind though that the timing on the July trail finishes at 1pm.
IMPORANT: It is very important that you finish all timed sections by 4pm on the Whites Level trail and by 1pm on the July trail as only runs finished before these times can be considered in the overall and stage rankings.
There has been lots of forestry work going on in particular around the July trail. But don’t worry it will not affect the event. Timed sections on the July trail (only relevant for the Endurance category) will remain at the Joyrider and Jetlag sections.
The two event villages:
There will be the little event village (weather permitting) at the top of the climb (Windy Point) again with some basic refreshments provided by the Drop Off Café who will take their new Drop Off Bus to the top. So take a few quid with you if you think you need to fuel up. There will also be some further shelter and hopefully some patio heaters up there in case it gets cold.
At the Glyncorrwg Mountain Bike Centre you will find the registration and event HQ, the Drop Off Café open as usual, Skyline Cycles open for business as well as changing, shower and toilet facilities.
What is going to happen after the event?:
After the presentation the typical Kona Mash-Up party will get going at the café, which this time round is also the Drop Off Leaving Party. To join in you will need a ticket which costs £10 and includes, all the nosh, a beer, Band, DJ and maybe some Party Poppers. You can reserve them by ordering over the phone direct to the Cafe on 01639 852005. You won’t get in without a wristband.