February 24, 2011
TransWales organiser Mike has just sent us this news of the seven day mountain bike challenge taking place from the 13th to 20th August 2011:
Preparations for this year’s GORE BIKE WEAR® TransWales powered by Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport are in full flow and the course designer John Lloyd has once again spent the majority of the winter scanning trails out there to create the course. For 2011, the beginning and the end of the week has been changed with one day outside Wales – in Shropshire to be precise.
The 534km long course will have 15,255m of climbing and once again spans the whole width of Wales while stopping at some of the best trail centres the country has to offer to fight out the fastest all rounder out there. To make things even more interesting we also added another special stage to the offerings – bringing the overall count up to six. This will give riders more chances to win prizes from our huge GORE BIKE WEAR® prize fund but also to ‘put right’ what they might have ‘messed up’ on in one of the earlier stages.
We have also added the TransWales Prologue Marathon – giving the TransWales riders the chance to ‘get properly warmed up’ and other non TransWales riders the chance to experience the essence of the TransWales for a day. More details about the Prologue marathon soon.
The details of each stage including stage length, amount of climbing and descending, special stages and predicted riding time is now online on the stage pages of the TransWales website HERE.
The guidebook for the GORE BIKE WEAR® TransWales powered by Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport is currently at the printers and is going to make its way to everybody on our mailing list very soon. If you are not on our mailing list but you are interested in receiving the guidebook then simply send an email with your postal address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entries have been flooding in from all over the world with lots of new riders taking up the challenge. There are still places for pairs and solo riders available but please be quick to avoid disappointment. You can enter via online entry or via downloadable entry form. Please go to our entry page on the TransWales site for details.
If you are already signed up for the GORE BIKE WEAR® TransWales or are thinking if you should do it then make sure you enter the 1st MTB Marathon (9-10th April – Builth Wells – featuring the Exposure Lights Big Night Out Night Marathon) as it is the perfect training event and a real test if you have two consecutive rides in your legs. For details and to enter go to http://www.mtb-marathon.co.uk/
If you’d like to see what riding the TransWales is like, then our man Nathan took part last year – you can read his experiences in his series of TransWales Express reports HERE…