The TransWales Team write…
The 7 day MTB stage challenge
14th – 21st August 2010
2009 is coming to an end and the next season is looming just around the corner. After weeks of frantically trying to put our plans for the 2010 season together we have finally managed to put the details for the 2010 TransUK event – the GORE BIKE WEAR™ TransWales (powered by Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport) – together and it’s up on our website: www.mtbtransuk.co.uk
After joining the event in 2009 the GORE BIKE WEAR™ team has played an integral part in the success of the 2009 GORE BIKE WEAR™ TransWales and will continue with the help of Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport to take the TransWales into the new decade.
The team from GORE BIKE WEAR™ will be at the event throughout offering clothing and fabric advice as well as running their Try B4 U Buy concept. The guys will lend you a jacket, shirt, vest or gilet to test and give the once over during your ride. GORE BIKE WEAR™ products are made from highly durable technical fabrics such as GORE-TEX® and WINSTOPPER® products and designed to enhance your cycling experience whilst allowing you to focus on the adventure ahead of you. Take a look at the new stock for the season on www.gorebikewear.co.uk
The 2010 event will take place from the 14th – 21st August 2010 and will once again welcome an international field of riders to the start and finish location Builth Wells.
The entry form for the 2010 event was sent out to the riders on the pre-entry list a couple of weeks ago and a surprising amount of entries have made their way back to us already showing an ever growing international interest in this unique event. Don’t worry though there are still plenty of entries available.
The GORE BIKE WEAR™ TransWales is a mixture of linking stages (un-timed) and special stages (timed) and can be tackled in either pairs or as solo riders. The available categories are Open Pairs (18-39yrs), Vets Pairs (40yrs +), Mixed Pairs, Open Solo (18-39yrs) and Vets Solo (40yrs +). Not just endurance but also tactics, the right equipment and an ability to pace yourself will be key to enjoying as well as to winning this event. For further details on the concept please go to the concept page www.mtbtransuk.co.uk/wales/concept.php
New for 2010:
We moved away from the concept of running the special stages either before or after the linking stages in 2009 by introducing the ‘within’ stages. This was a huge success with the riders and for 2010 we will maintain that idea but will be mixing things up a little. For the 2010 TransWales we will run specific hill climbing, descending and general trail riding stages – so that we can really find out who the best all-rounders are. We will keep the excitement up to the very last minute by running the final special stage on the last Saturday back at the finish location in Builth Wells.
The 2010 course:
For the 2010 we will have a totally reworked course which will cover a broader area as well as introduce lots of new and unused sections to the riders. The over all distance will be around 550km with approximately 15.000 metres of climbing. As we are still working on the course and will continue to do so for some time so please don’t expect the stage plan to be put up on the website just yet.
How to enter?
For the 2010 event we have an online entry service which is live now. Simply go to our entry page of the GORE BIKE WEAR™ TransWales2010 (powered by Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport) website and either use the downloadable entry form or our new online entry facilities. The online entry facilities will make payment from abroad a doddle as well as allow participants to pay the event via credit or debit cards. For riders who have already paid their deposit by cheque there is still the option to pay the remaining entry fee through the online facilities. The entry is open now.
Please don’t forget that the entry is strictly limited and that entries will be handled on a first come first served basis.
The event website www.mtbtransuk.co.uk has been updated for the 2010. So if you are looking for any further details on the event or want to read up on the reports from the last three events then simply go to our site. We will update the stage breakdown (including stage lengths, climbing, profiles and start/finish locations) as soon as we finalised all the details.