1st CRC MTB Marathon Report

After last year saw a sunny introduction to the new venue at the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells, there were high hopes that the 1st round of the CHAIN REACTION CYCLES (http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/) MTB Marathon Series powered by Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport would provide an equally sunny start to the season. And to cut a long story short it was a busy, weather spoiled and fun packed marathon weekend for everybody.

The week leading up to the event was blessed with dry conditions, so the trails were in perfect shape and luckily for everybody, the weather conditions stayed sunny and the trail stayed dry. With more than 1300 riders competing over the weekend the 1st round was a hectic start to the season.

The weekend

As over the last 5 years, the only (as far as we know) night marathon, the EXPOSURE LIGHTS BIG NIGHT OUT opened the season with almost 300 riders on the line. The event village opened at the usual time with a broad spread of exhibition and trade stands offering their services to the arriving crowds.

With darkness setting slowly in everybody lined up to get any last minute instructions and crossed their fingers during the draw for a set of Exposure Lights kindly donated by the event sponsor Exposure Lights presented by Rory Hitchens. With no further ado the EXPOSURE LIGHTS BIG NIGHT OUT finally got on the road at 7.45pm. Almost 300 riders made their way onto the specifically designed night marathon course in the hills surrounding Builth Wells. The conditions out on course were superb and super fast and after only 1 hour and 41 minutes the first rider came over the line of the 45km long course picking up the unique ELBNO T-shirt. Once passed the finish line and rewarded with the special finishers T-shirt the riders warmed up in the event hall with tea, coffee and cake and getting themselves ready for Sunday.

The lights in the hall finally went out at 2am highlighting the clear and cold night. Sunday morning came and the riders (campers and Sunday morning arrives) were again greeted with glorious sunshine.

At the slightly later start time of 10.30am (to give all the night riders who wanted a second ride more recovery time) more than 1000 riders lined up to tackle one of the 3 single-track packed courses on offer. Even with a bad winter keeping riders from getting their ‘spring legs’ in time for the event the long distance remained the most popular distance of the weekend. Due to the high calibre field and the super conditions out on course the approx. 68km long ‘middle marathon’ was completed in just over 3 hours with the last rider crossing the line to pick up the well deserved event T-shirt after 7hours and 24minutes.

The 1st event was a great showcase of what the CHAIN REACTION CYCLES (http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/ ) MTB Marathon Series 2010 powered by Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport is all about. If you couldn’t make it to the April round don’t worry as the upcoming months have lots more new and great stuff up their sleeves. Here a quick reminder when and where the next few events will take place.

Other events in the CHAIN REACTION CYCLES MTB Marathon Series 2010 powered by Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport

  • 22-23rd May — Builth Wells
    (CycleOps Power Road Sportive to be run on Saturday and the MTB Marathon on Sunday)
  • 3-4th July — Grassington
    (MTB marathon to be run on Sunday)
  • 31st July – 1st August — Selkirk
    (CycleOps Power Road Sportive to be run on Saturday and the MTB Marathon on Sunday)
  • 18-19th September — Ruthin
    (ELBNO Night Marathon to be run on Saturday and the MTB Marathon on Sunday)

To find out more about the various locations go to the events page of the MTB-Marathon site (http://www.mtb-marathon.co.uk/events/events.php) and if you want to find out more about the CycleOps Power Road Sportive Series then please go to our newly created sportive site http://www.roadsportives.co.uk/.

Next marathon – Builth Wells on the 22-23rd May 2010

Don’t worry if you couldn’t make it to the first round of the CHAIN REACTION CYCLES (http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/) MTB Marathon Series 2010 powered by Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport in Builth Wells, as the next one is only a few weeks away. After enjoying perfect conditions and some great riding at the 1st round the 2nd round of the series will return to the birthplace of the MTB Marathon Series Builth Wells but will welcome the riders with a completely different weekend agenda and a new set of courses. Instead of a night marathon the 2nd Builth round will feature the 1st of the two CycleOps Power Road Sportives on Saturday before getting back in to MTB marathon action on Sunday morning. To find out more about the May round (including course description and profiles) please go to the Builth Wells event page: http://www.mtb-marathon.co.uk/events/builth.php. To find out all the details on the 1st road sportive of the season please go to http://www.roadsportives.co.uk//builth.php. The entry for both events is open. To enter the MTB Marathon please go directly to the entry page http://www.mtb-marathon.co.uk/entry_forms/entry_forms.php where you can either download an entry form or enter directly through the new online entry service. To enter the CycleOps Power Road Sportive please go to http://www.roadsportives.co.uk/entry.php.

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