Mountain Mayhem New Venue Announced
“We need a minimum of an eight mile course”
As well as a new tape measure, they could also probably do with brushing up on their geography.
All the northern people want us in the north and all the southern people want us to be in the south so it’s important to find somewhere in the middle.
Posted 5 years ago
Lets look at the topography;Posted 5 years agobigblackshedSubscriber
Lots of woods, lots of singletrack = not good racing.
Might be good for a ride with a few mates, but put a few hundred racers all queuing up to get through the singletrack…….
Eastnor in the mud last year was a nightmare, 2006 in the dry was epic. Anywhere in the mud is going to be as bad.Posted 5 years agopslingSubscriber
pitbitch – Member
Princess Anne places ?
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tang – Member
Gatcombe would make an excellent venue I live round the corner and can see some jumps from my office! Can’t see it though.
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Good shout these men ^^^(from earlier speculative thread).Posted 5 years agondthorntonMember
Lets look at the topography;
Thanks that makes me feel better – lots of nice contour lines. I was looking at a photo which wasnt very inspiring.Posted 5 years ago
Might give it a go then
I don’t think the estate covers a lot of the woods, I expect they will use the eventing tracks from March or similar.
Looks like lots of options and zig-zaging up/down most inclines will knacker most…
It would be good if they did have course options this year similar to Olympic course, put some litigation obstacles in place, shorter quicker but gnarly, or perhaps a commemorative 2012 mud pit option.Posted 5 years agoDaveRamboSubscriber
Reading this thread makes me smile – typical STW
Lots of wooded singletrack = complaints that racing will be bad
Lots of wide tracks = complaints of boring course
Always complaints that it won’t be hilly enough
It’s always in the wrong location
Course will be wrong
I think we need to give Pat and the team the credit that they’ve done this a fair bit now, understand that there needs to be a balance and they are by far the best people to make sure the event ticks as many boxes as possible.
After last year it had to move otherwise too many people would have decided enough was enough and they seem to think Gatcombe has what it takes to make a decent venue.
That’s good enough for me.Posted 5 years agotangMember
Definitely potential for a great course if the juicy bits of the estate are used. I ride through it daily and know the area well. Plenty of open sections as per the eventing course. Contour long climbs possible as well as short very steep ones.Posted 5 years ago
A lot of the tracks are high and have little topsoil, Cotswold limestone which grips nice in the dry and not bad on the wet. . Woods if used and its not dried out will be wet beech loam, hero dirt when it’s nice, hard work otherwise. Links wise 25 mins from m4/m5. Rickie Cotter lives a stones throw from the course and its her training ground, there’s your female solo winner!crazy-legsSubscriber
I don’t believe STW sometimes…
No-one has ever raced there before but people are already complaining that it’s not a “Mountain”, the course is too short, not hilly enough, too much singletrack, too much woodland, too far south…
If you can do better in finding a private estate with good access, enough space to fit thousands of people, cars, caravans, tents, trucks, showers, portaloos and with enough scope to run a decent MTB course round it, then go for it.Posted 5 years ago
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