April 28, 2011
With less than four weeks to the second round of the Chain Reaction Cycles MTB Marathon Series 2011, Mike has sent us news of what’s going to be going happening…
“The trails out there are pretty much everywhere in perfect conditions and it feels that spring has arrived properly. The first round of the Chain Reaction Cycles MTB Marathon Series powered by Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport earlier this month was a great success and riders were thoroughly spoiled by the weather and the conditions out on course.
The second marathon of the series is only a touch under four weeks away (21-22nd May) and preparations for the first new location of the 2011 season are in full flow. John Lloyd has been playing with the idea of including Llandovery in the MTB-Marathon series for some years and finally this year it will make its debut.
The area around Llandovery has been John’s extended playing ground since the early days of his extended mountain biking career and you can rest assured that he will combined the best riding the area has to offer.
Starting at Llandovery Rugby Club, Carmarthenshire, the course will head out of Llandovery over Mynydd Myddfai, on the edge of the Black Mountains and enters a small area of forestry around the beautiful Usk Resevoir.
From here the route follows the Sarn Helen Trail, an old Roman road. After the split point the longer route drops down to, and crosses the A40, entering Halfway forest and then into the Crychan Forest, renowned for its technical single track and fire road climbs.
After a challenging loop here, the route follows the Afon Bran down the valley towards Llandovery. This course is an exciting mix of open hill, bridleways, forest roads, dual and single tracks, taking you into the Brecon Beacons national park and through some splendid countryside with stunning views of the Beacons and Black Mountains.
Mini Marathon: distance – approx. 25km climbing – approx. 600m
Half Marathon: distance – approx. 48km climbing – approx. 1,050m
Middle Marathon: distance – approx. 70km climbing – approx. 1,800m
Full Marathon: distance – approx. 88km climbing – approx. 2,300m
Don’t forget that the second round will be another double event but rather than have a night marathon on the Saturday of the event weekend we will have the first round of the Cycle Ops Power Road Sportive offering two exciting courses to all the sportive riders out there – details HERE.
Following the road sportive will the MTB-Marathon on Sunday morning featuring four different courses – further details on the Llandovery event page HERE.
The entry for both Llandovery events is open. Just go to our MTB-Marathon entry page HERE to book your spot in the marathon or go to the sportive entry page HERE to secure your sportive entry. You can book the reduced weekend ticket which includes both rides on either entry page.
Our friends from Mercedes-Benz were busy filming some stuff at the first round of the series. In case you missed it when it first came out, here’s the link to the best MTB-Marathon video we’ve seen: