The popular Selkirk MTB Marathon is back in June, and it should have something to offer for every mountain bike rider.
During the weekend in Scotland there will be held events for riders at all experience levels: The beginner-friendly 25km, the more challenging 50km and the classic 80km event. The longest route will also be the course of the 2013 British MTB Marathon Championships, which is taking place on the same weekend.
Paul McGreal of Durty Events said: “We’re expecting the very best riders in the UK to come and test themselves on the very best single-lap course in the country. We believe we have the best trails the Scottish Borders has to offer and the most popular and challenging course in the UK. We aim to provide an achievable challenge for riders of every ability in fantastic surroundings with a lot of fun thrown in as well.”
The 80km ride is a single lap course which will take riders through the valleys of the Rivers Tweed, Yarrow and Ettrick, in a mix of natural and hand-made singletrack, twin-track forest roads and ancient drove roads.
The British Championships are open to riders who are 19 years old or older and hold a full BC or UCI recognised racing licence. Riders can still take part in the 80km race without it though, but they won’t be competing for the red, white and blue jersey.
The main event is moved to Saturday, which means there is no reason not to check out the bar after the race anymore. On Sunday locals will guide riders through some of Selkirk’s secret singletrack in a more relaxing and laid-back way.
Children aged 12-16 are offered free entry on the 25km course if they are accompanied by a participating adult.
What: Selkirk MTB Marathon/2013 British MTB Marathon Championhips
Where: Selkirk, Scottish Borders
When: 7-9 June 2013
How to enter: More info here