- Mountain Mayhem – What do you hope they improve on?
What amazes me every year at MM is the lack of sellers who want to sell to the captive audience. I know recently that Wiggle have the exclusive “right” to sell. But even they don’t bring stock to sell.
The attitude of the distributors too. Not remotely interested. There is one particular brand who were so rude last year I shall not grace their website or offer them money for their product again. They can do one.Posted 4 years agoFunkyDuncMember
Ok just on the very vague chance the organisers come in here…?
I would like to see in no particular order:
* More bike washes. Last year was taking the pee abit, and caused friction at water taps in the camping areas, and turned the stream in to a bike washing area which isnt really on.
* More showers. There were less than previous years…and they didnt work till late Saturday. (ok I know that bit was out of their control)
* Independant shops allowed to sell stuff.
* Quiet camping areas ie no generators allowed
* A downhill finish. An uphill finish doesnt enspire you to want to go out again..
Dont get me wrong, in many ways its a superbly organised event, but there is always room for improvement 🙂Posted 4 years agoDaveRamboSubscriber
I agree with a downhill finish – the last 2 years have been depressing on that front where previous years before that you would swoop down into the arena forgetting the pain and end on a high.
I got the impression that the course is sorted, so fingers crossed.
Bike washing will always be impossible when there are so many people needing/wanting to clean their bikes.
Given the likelihood of rain, the handover area should be covered. In the middle of the night in wind/rain it’s not great to have no cover.
Equally if it’s hot you need shade.
The arena layout should make sure that riders have to go past all the stands to get to the handover area – last year did this but previous years must have been maddening for those stands where no-one rode past.Posted 4 years agodizcostixMember
oooh where to start!
-as already said, when only 4 bike washes are brought and only 2 work its a major pain in the ass.
-more showers. or even better have showers specifically for riders who have just powered through the shittiest weather ever, spent an hour queuing to wash their bike then an hour queuing to use the showers cause some bell-end chav family/families who are camping for free think its appropriate to shower their 21 kids at the same time
-stop people taping off massive ‘premium areas’ for their two 2-man tents
– have a generator specific area right on the outskirts of the camping zone
– stop more idiot groups who think its ok to attach their hosepipe the the water outlet thats meant to service more than the 10 of them.
– maybe the organisers could tell the truth a bit. ie. not blatantly lie about weather proofing the course a bit last year
– covered area from the crappy weather handover.
– keep the toilets stocked of handwash/bog roll etc.
just a few points vented outPosted 4 years agoJasonMember
A 2 minute timer on the jet wash station would be good to reduce the queue. Too many people have to get every last bit of dirt off their tyres before riding away on the muddy fire road.
More bike stuff on the Friday evening. Less running and dog events, I don’t think they ever really added to the event. The massive Dirt Demo event was great a few years ago.
Music in the woods is always good at night.
Accurate and up to date results during the event.Posted 4 years agoGaryLakeMember
More bike washes. Last year was taking the pee abit, and caused friction at water taps in the camping areas, and turned the stream in to a bike washing area which isnt really on.
I’ve never raced or crewed where we didn’t have a mobi-style washer.
More showers. There were less than previous years…and they didnt work till late Saturday. (ok I know that bit was out of their control)
It’s a bike race in a field. I generally rely on wetwipes/embracing the grot/use the bike washer (brrrr).
Considering the size of the event, regardless of the entry fee, providing these kinds of facilities at all for that many people really is something. As above, I assume they’ll go wrong or have silly queues and so go prepared.Posted 4 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
Bar / Disco on both nights. A friday night beer festival would be good.
Most people drink the night before, why not make it a bit more interactive?
Bring your own.
They stopped having bars at MTB events back in the days of the Malverns when it basically evolved from a bike festival into a drinking festival with bikes and then got gatecrashed by the local yoof who got hammered and then stabbed a guy to death.
You want to drink that’s fine – take your own. Offer to share your beer/BBQ with neighbours. That’s interacting.Posted 4 years agojimificationMember
Covered transition: This is really important….If it IS wet, there’s a strong likelihood that your mate is going to take another 20 minutes to get round in the mud and you really don’t want to be stood there in your racing togs in the rain waiting.
Hmmm…I’m hearing rumours that there’s no trackside camping?!?
– I would have thought continued support (whether from non-riders or other members of the teams) is pretty dependent on spectators being comfortable, ie: they will mostly be in the camping area under their gazebos in front of a nice warm brazier on a lounger, not perched at the side of the track on a shooting stick in the dark…Posted 4 years ago
There is a couple of massive flat fields at the top(straight off the road) which surely should be camping? Cant all be ‘arena’?
The mayhem campsite is huge. You won’t get it all on the Avening side of the road I’d have thought. Solo camping will obviously be in the arena though.Posted 4 years agoellsyMember
I might be soloing and if I do I wont have any dedicated support, just relying on my pals in between their laps!I contacted the organisers as I had a question about solo trackside camping and have been told that there are no trackside camping areas and just the solo tent for soloists. This is just a bit annoying, as I wanted to be based/have my supplies with my friends trackside rather than have to use the solo tent and never seeing my mates till the end. If I do this, I would spend lots of time going to and from the campsite, so its not really an option leaving me with no alternative but to use the solo tent, which i guess is going to be quite crowded if there isnt any solo camping trackside!Posted 4 years agoJasonMember
No trackside camping isn’t too much of a problem for team riders, there has never been that much trackside camping anyway, and what was there was all fenced off by Thursday morning. I can see it being an issue for solo riders, if I was unsupported I am not sure I would want to leave a spare bike, lights etc unmanned in the solo tent.Posted 4 years ago
Yup not feeling the love for this 🙁 methinks the “race” is off for me and it will just be ride and chip off to my tent for bits. I don’t fancy leaving my lights, spares, gels etc loitering for anyone to help themselves to. I’m sure I remember talking to some poor sod that had some of his bits nicked from the solo tent last year. Sounds small, but if you’re hungry and tired it ain’t fun.Posted 4 years ago
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