The Ritchey TrailMasters – the XC Enduro event returns for 2013

by Dave Anderson 2

Fancy a long weekend of riding? How about an XC Enduro in May in Builth Wells?

The Ritchey TrailMasters – the XC Enduro event will be back in 2013.


After its launch in August 2012 the three day XC Enduro event will return to central Wales on the earlier date of the 24-25-26th May 2013. Solo riders and pairs will get the chance to test themselves over three demanding days filled with classic cross country trails and challenging timed sections as well as enjoy a bursting ‘off bike’ activity programme.

The TrailMasters is a three days event which features more than 200km of riding and over 6,000m of climbing and six special stages. But if the three days are too much for you and you can only spare a day or two you can also come along and take part in the day rider event (Saturday) and enjoy the spectacular ride as well as the fantastic event atmosphere.

Green grass of, erm, Wales

The event will be based in the very heart of Welsh mountain biking – Builth Wells – the birthplace of the MTB-Marathon Series – one of the most famous mountain bike locations in the UK.

Expect some… epic riding, some challenging timed sections including the night special stage, fantastic facilities, relaxed atmosphere and some great evening entertainment… in short one Amazing Riding Weekend!

Dirty fun

Ritchey Trail Masters – The Riding

Course designer and Builth Wells local John Lloyd has been thinking about the best trails for the TrailMasters since the beginning of his MTB-Marathon Series more than a decade ago. Endless amount of riding, guiding and creating courses for the MTB-Marathon Series in the area has given him the chance to not just know his way around perfectly but to incorporate all the hidden gems the area has to offer.

The Ritchey TrailMasters combines linking stages (untimed long distance rides) with special stages – off-road time trials. By doing this we aim to cater for those who want to see what the area can offer as a cycling destination whilst indulging the more competitive rider with the special stages.

Expect some challenging ups and down in the linking stages which you would not normally find in a marathon type event and some fast flowing and fun packed special stages which will test the riders on their technical riding skills as well as their stamina and speed.

Off the bike’ time

Based at the weather proof location of the Royal Wales Showground, the Ritchey TrailMasters will have an extended after ride programme, lots of hard standing for the caravan lovers out there, fantastic facilities and a new catering crew on board. We will have fun rides, kids activities, live music, on site event bar and if you rather have a proper bed to sleep in than the town of Builth Wells is only a few hundred yards away from the start line. Families and supporters are welcome throughout the weekend!

Find out more and get your entry in now!

The new Ritchey TrailMasters website is now open and ready for business. Riders and their support crews can find out all the details on the stages, the ‘off bike’ program, the entry details and enter either via the secure online entry or by downloading an entry form.


Comments (2)

  1. Anyone do this last year and want to let me know what it was like? As there’s no Bearded Man Black Mountain 3 Dayer this year this looks like a good alternative……

  2. Same weekend as POC Tweedlove enduro at Glentress. It’s going to be a busy year for enduros.

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