MTB Marathon Series – Marshbrook
Just wondered if any of you were taking part in the Marshbrook event this weekend? 3 of us travelling down Friday night for what should be a cracking and fast ride in Shropshire on the Saturday.
Has anyone attended the Marshbrook event in the past? How is the course usually?
I have just returned from a month off the bike and will have a first ride tonight, depending how I feel It’s a toss up between the baby 30k and the middle 45k.
CheersPosted 4 years ago
I expect that it should be dry and fast after the last week (hoping so anyway) I have done the Ruthin and the Bulith wells events, the Ruthin has a long hard climb at the start, is this as serious?
I’ll be taking the scandal with summer tyres so the climbs should be quite doable, it’s the anticipated 30 degree weather that may pose the issue.
Either way, due to injury i’ll be enjoying the ride more than racing this time.
Is there much in the way of decent singletrack?
CheersPosted 4 years agoononeorangeSubscriber
Did it the last couple of years, really loved it, but as they’ve moved it to the Saturday now means that I can’t get there without taking time off which isn’t on the cards. Gutted.
A great course, not as tough as Ruthin I would say. The long grass climb up is just brilliant – always enjoy it.Posted 4 years agolehutchMember
Yup. Will be there with a few mates, also doing the Abergavenny event in a few weekends time.
I’ll be on a yeti and will be with my massive mate on his massive turner and with another mate on his orange 5, who may be wearing his riding cravat and jodhpurs as he is nothing but a dandyPosted 4 years ago
Leaning towards the 45k despite the time off the bike recently, had a quick spin around Whitwick Quarry and Cademan woods last night and no ill effects so really looking forward to this.
Going with a summer tyre set-up I reckon, Maxxis Monorail up top and a race king on the back.
Good thing about the race being on the Saturday is I can have a few too many on the Sat afternoon / night without it smashing me to bits for the ride.
Have fun allPosted 4 years ago
I did the 75k and at the second feed point wished I’d done the 45 but it was the furthest point from the arena so there was no choice but to plow on.
It was of course rather warm and I struggled a bit trying to keep hydrated but we complain about the bad weather often enough so it was nice to have a cracking day.
Very well organised and great to see a real mixture of people and kids out.Posted 4 years agojoshlhMember
Hey…Did the 45k and my first enduro for 8 years after going through the trauma of having kids 🙂 Thought that middle climb was fierce, one lad had a temperature gauge on his bike and it reached 104F up there. Well organised and good fun. Enjoyed having the ale house at the bottom of the hill. Did not seem as many people or trade stands as there used to be but that could be my memory!Posted 4 years ago
Yup, that climb was a real killer, Matt-P those false summits were heart breaking in that heat, just when you thought you might be getting some wind through your hair on a descent it carried on towards the sky 😀
Fair play on doing the 75k Dave(thought it was 80k, don’t undersell it 😉 ) I managed the 45k and can’t imagine how hard that would be twice.
Final descent was good fun, the loose and dusty conditions added an extra element.
Anyone ever done Abergavenny?Posted 4 years agocurlie467Member
Cracking day out and I echo peoples sentiments on that climb, fiendishly hot too!
Amazing trail conditions, battered about on the rigid forks at times but found the singlespeed not to be too bad, we only did the 25k though as we had a young-un with us who was not particularly happy at any point but he got round in the end.Posted 4 years agoDaisy_DukeMember
I bailed from the 75k and did the 45k. Not ridden in the area before and really enjoyed the terrain even on cx bike. Couldn’t believe how hot it was on the first fire road climb. I almost bailed and turned back. Little bit of breeze once higher up thank goodness. Look forward to going back there and riding the trails. Doesn’t Matt usually do commentary at the finish?Posted 4 years agoCrellMember
I don’t like cycling when it gets too hot and that was too hot for me. I bailed out of the 75 and did the 45 where it split. I’ve never drank as much on a ride before (2 L + over 15km) and that second climb was awful in terms of oppressive heat.
Overall though I really enjoyed the event. Beautiful area, well organised and some great descents, particularly Minton Batch, and that last bit in to the finish line. Also lots of chatty and friendly people en-route which made it very sociable.
I had a chat to one of the guys who helps organise it when I was refuelling on those Celtic burgers and Coke. He said they weren’t happy with the amount of tarmac themselves (unprompted), but there was no better way to link the rest of it. To be honest in that heat I was glad of it.
Dave, I did try to send you a pic of my cool beer at the end just to give you a bit of encouragement but Facebook wasn’t playing ball! I know you’d have appreciated it.Posted 4 years ago
Thanks Crell – you’re all heart.
Your text informing me that you were in the pub made me feel very happy. I read it while trying to cool down in the shade.
I also didn’t mind the tarmac at the time, it meant the k’s were ticking off and you managed to get some speed and a breeze to cool down.
When the sun went behind a cloud my speed almost doubled – quite amazing the effect it has.Posted 4 years ago
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