- Edinburgh Pentlands MTB Marathon.
Hmmm…would be interested as a bit of a day out, but not keen on having to go hard at it if its a timed race type situation
Furthest I’ve ever gone off road without stopping is about 30 miles….no chance Id get round the 60 miles in one piece.
and where the hell is this 1km climb they are talking about? Never come across anything like that before in the pentlands.Posted 4 years ago
Scotroutes – Most races are run without a Section 11 Order.
This isn’t a race anyway, just a timed event. Like a sportive *cough*.
TPbiker – The 1km climb is from Dreghorn Mains up to Fala Knowe. It is comfortably more than 1km even if they just use the steep bit. Here’s a Strava segment that uses it: http://www.strava.com/segments/1661467Posted 4 years ago
I don’t remember any instance where other trail users caused an issue at the front of a Merida/CRC Marathon. Well, other than the one person who stole some signs on both runnings of the Penrith Marathon a few years back.
Dealing with other users is just part of Marathon events, same for British Champs, and those run on the continent.Posted 4 years ago
Bit harsh there dougal, don’t think the offer of a map of the area could be construed as ‘being a dick’in any way….
Scotroutes, if you are who I think you are I think you already send me a map a while ago, which has been ace in finding my way round. THere has however been a number of times that i’ve really struggled to find the start of the trail…always end up getting lost . Would have been nice to have a signposted route for a change!
Thanks for the offer however.Posted 4 years ago
Mixed feelings about this. It is a shame as was looking forward to doing the long route as a challenge, and wondering what ways it would take. Also the hill climb sounded fun.
On the other hand, I guess the trails will be better off without hundreds of cyclists on them on the same day (and likely in the rain!). And I can still ride the Pentlands for free, anytime I like, on any given day of the week X-)Posted 4 years agotheblackmountMember
Baws, quite fancied it myself.
Surprised at an org like Rare not having all of the appropriate Landowners on side before going public with the event.
Unless of course it’s been politic to do it in this manner in the hope it can be run at some future point.
Would be interested to hear which party or parties were against it and why the route couldn’t have been truncated.Posted 4 years agoStu_NSubscriber
dazzlingboy, you’ve got yourself quoted in the local rag
LEGEND!Posted 4 years ago
Dazzlingboy, a member of singletrackworld.com, wrote: “If the map has been published, a group of us should ride it anyway and exercise our world-leading rights of access.
Typical lycra lout.
YES! Fame at last! Glad that the attitudes of the landowners have been brought to public notice at least. Just shows that despite the support of all and sundry including the Council, Spokes etc, a small number of interested parties can hold it to ransom.
Raises event organisers in my estimation. How they manage to organise events like the Six Day Trials, Etape Caledonia and MTB rides in the face of these attitudes is beyond me. And this is in Scotland where the landowners don’t have a leg to stand on if we did turn up to ride it. How do organisers manage in England!! Obviously this was marketed as a “race” etc which muddies the access waters I guess.
Serious note too – shows how comments made on here can be picked up and spread around – dangerous……..Posted 4 years agodb_45 wrote:
this is in Scotland where the landowners don’t have a leg to stand on if we did turn up to ride it. How do organisers manage in England!! Obviously this was marketed as a “race” etc which muddies the access waters I guess.
Yep – it was always promoted (to the council and landowners) as a race. Have a look at the position in England and you’ll find that racing on bridleways is illegal (as is, of course riding at all on footpaths).
The landowners I spoke to don’t have a major issue with cyclists (not as much as the runners do – I’m not sure I understand why) but they were concerned about aspects such as public liability should they “give permission” for an event on their land. This was exacerbated by the notion that the tracks would also be open to all the usual walkers, cyclists, pram, dogs, horses etc.
It’s a shame. The Pentlands tracks have rarely been in better condition (remember last “summer”?) and some forward thinking might have produced a workable closed circuit. The fact that the organisers decided to publicise the event despite not having permission does make me wonder if they were trying to exert a bit of pressure. Maybe it can all be sorted out for next year instead of being rushed through.
Comparisons with other events like the SSDT are going to be difficult as I’m not sure any of these take place in an area which already has such a high concentration of leisure users.Posted 4 years agoAlasdairMcMember
nikk – Member
How about we just do a “gentleman’s race” anyway? All we need to do is figure out a route and a starting time. I’d be up for a 50+ mile ride.
I was speaking to someone else about that recently – riding a 94k route in the Pentlands for free instead of part of the marathon. Just need to get on bikehike and draw up a route.Posted 4 years ago
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