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A Hard Day’s Night, Deepcut – 15 October

Following the success of the Spring Series and the Southern Exposure night races, Gorrick MBC in association with Exposure Lights and USE has come up with a whole new concept in mountain bike racing – A Hard Day’s Night!

Riders will compete once in the day and once after dark for between 30 and 60 minutes around an exhilarating two mile, spectator-friendly course at Porridge Pot Hill, Deepcut on Saturday 15 October. After the singletrack, climbs and descents both day and night race positions
will be combined to find the overall winner with spot prizes from Exposure Lights and USE in a “be there to win them” killer prize draw.

USE and Exposure will also have a trade stand displaying the latest wares, alongside local shop Mountain Trax who are supplying the latest bikes for test riding, including the Santa Cruz Nomad, Orange 5, Giant Trance, Turner 5 spot, Scott Scale carbon and Genius carbon.

There’ll be plenty of room for spectators too, with the short course circling the arena making for a real spectacle. There are places still available for racing though and Gorrick will be taking entries on the day. -Luke Webber

Details www.gorrick.com.

MTB Trailquest, Stourport – 23 October

There’ll be a Mountain Bike Trailquest from the event centre at
Stourport on 23/10/05 under the auspices of the Trail Cyclists
Association
. This is a five hour score event with the option of a two hour ‘taster’ score event running at the same time. This will be the first such event to be organised in Worcestershire. -John Wilkinson

Aston Hill Junior Development Programme

The popular Autumn/Winter DeVo2 courses are back for 2005. Starting on Saturday 15 October and running from 10am through to 3pm through October and November and then to 2pm for the December course.

The courses are aimed at intermediate to advanced riders aged between 12 and 18 looking to improve their MTB Skills over the winter. You can book on to the full series of six courses or mix and match the courses you can make it along to. No two courses will be the same (although we may use the same sections of trail).

This is the fourth year of the Autumn/Winter Junior DeVo and the riders that have made the most of these autumn/winter/spring courses have gone on to achieve some fantastic results in the following race season. Aston Hill’s Junior DeVo Programme is recognised as one of the best rider development programmes in the UK. If you’re looking to polish up your skills and fly into 2006 these are the courses for you.
Booking is restricted to 25 riders per session and bookings are taken on a first come first served basis.

  1. Saturday 15 October 10am – 3pm
  2. Saturday 29 October 10am – 3pm
  3. Saturday 12 November 10am – 3pm
  4. Saturday 19 November 10am – 3pm
  5. Saturday 26 November 10am – 3pm
  6. Saturday 10 December 10am – 2pm
-Ian Warby

Details www.astonhill.com or Ian Warby on jdp@firecrestmtb.com or 01296 489729.

Etnies Backyard Jam – 21-23 October

There is only a little over a week to go till the EBYJ hits Brighton. Expert Street is Sold Out, Pro is getting close, and spectator tickets are going quick. If you dont want to risk getting them on the door, then you had better get your order in fast, the closing dates for ticket orders from us direct are as follows…

Phone orders last date: Friday 14 October / …. Backyard Jam site ticket orders: Sunday 16 October.

You will still be able to order tickets online from Ticketmaster for delivery, and also the Brighton Centre ( 0870 900 9100 ) for collection at the event. Tickets will also be available on the door each day, but once they sell out that is it!

In its 12th year the Etnies Backyard Jam is coming back bigger and better. As the leading core event in the UK the riders list grows year on year and in 2005 it reads like the BMX hall of fame. Riders from teams like Etnies, Federal and Hoffman bikes include Jamie Bestwick (UK, twice X-Games Gold Medalist), Corey Martinez (US), Joe Rich (US), Morgan Wade (US, Street World Champion), Bas Keep (UK) and Sergio Layos (Spain, EBYJ winner 2003) to mention but a few. With such a line up and the relaxed atmosphere the EBYJ is famous for, the riders will push themselves, get technical and stretch boundaries to perform the sickest tricks in the race for the record $40,000 total prize money.

If that was not enough the Etnies Highest Air and the Snickers Best Trick contests on Saturday and Sunday respectively will definitely hype the crowd to frenzy and the excitement through the roof. Friday afternoon will also see a world record attempt as Snickers presents UK’s first Highest Bunny Hop contest.

This year more BMX enthusiasts can experience this world class event as the Brighton Centre offers tiered seating to 3,000 spectators. -Dan Bogard

Details www.backyardjam.com; 0845 310 3660

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West Drayton/Beyond Mountain Bikes at Ash Ranges – 9 October

On the 9th October the West Drayton/Beyond Mountain Bike team promotes its last event of the season when it runs the cross country races at Ash Ranges, Ash Vale , Hampshire. There will be a full day’s MTB racing, starting off with the under 10s on a special smaller circuit before the main racing on the full 4.5 mile circuit. This is probably the best circuit in the South – the continual ascending and descending makes it tough but challenging and fun. The highlight of the day is as always the Team Challenge Cup currently held by the Evans race team, a three-man team race where all three riders start together in a mass start with all the teams finishing positions counting towards the team’s overall position. New for 2005 is a seperate women’s team prize thanks to sponsorship from speeddater.com, the number one dating agency. -Chris Denman

Details Chris Denman: email, call 07860 126356 or visit www.westdraytonmbc.co.uk.

King of the Holm, Newcastleton Forest – 22/23 October

The Rush bike shop has recently opened a mountain bike centre at Newcastleton Forest, one of the 7Stanes sites, to provide bike hire, a café, accessory sales and trail advice. To celebrate, The Rush has teamed up with the Newcastleton Development, Leisure and Tourism Group to organise The King of the Holm. Contenders will compete in three races. Stage one is a race covering two laps of the red trail. Stage two is a lap of the same trail in the dark using lights. Stage three takes place on Sunday and is a timed descent of a section of the red trail. The event is sponsored by Solstice HID lights (also the work of The Rush). Riders can choose to take part in just one, two or all three stages. So if you fancy just doing the night stage then that’s fine. You have to do all three to be eligible for the overall title, though. There will be classes for men and women with the Kings winning a special edition mountain bike jacket and a coveted trophy. Places are limited, so pre-entry is advisable. There will also be a race for young riders on the Saturday with classes for 7-10 year olds, 11-13 year olds and 14-16 year olds so they can be involved in the fun. The blue trail at Newcastleton will form the course which is particularly suited to younger riders. If you’re not up for racing, then it’ll be worth coming along to The Rush Mountain Bike Centre over the weekend. You can lend your support to the riders, but also there will also be the opportunity to test ride the new 2006 bikes from Marin and Norco so the scene is set for a great weekend. -Tony Yates

Details The Rush: 01835 869643 or www.therush.uk.com.

Temple To Temple stage race, Belize – 26 November-3 December

The spirit of cycling takes on a whole new meaning with the launch of the world’s first on/off road bicycle race based on an ancient trail linking the historic sacred temples of the Mayan civilisation in Belize.

The 750 km Temple to Temple race kicks off on 26 November, 2005 and
runs until 3 December, following a track created by the Mayan people 1,500 years ago across rugged mountains, gorges, steaming jungles, caves and local villages to link their spectacular ancient temples.
The seven day challenge is the brainchild of Tour D’Afrique creator
Michael de Jong who has plotted a seven day stage race between the country’s traditional spiritual centres of Lubaantun and Caracol.

Each night along the route the riders and support staff (support vehicles sweep the course throughout the event) will camp in the wilderness, at jungle lodges or at the foot of Mayan temples. In the spirit of the race all competitors and tour riders will unwind together with some activity on offer in the locality before setting off again in the morning as a group. The winner of Temple to Temple will be determined by the lowest accumulated time over the seven days of the event.

Participants – from racers to touring cyclists to cycling enthusiasts – need to register for the event by 1 November and entry fee includes accommodation at the start and finish at the event’s base in the luxurious Placencia Hotel and Residences on Belize’s Caribbean Coast. -Caroline Keith

2005/06 London Cyclo-Cross League

The 2005/06 London Cyclo-Cross League began a 15 round tour of the South East on Saturday, September 17 at Eastway Cycle Circuit, and closes on February 5, 2006 with the London Team Championships. The increase in the number of rounds from pervious seasons underlines the
higher profile of cyclo-cross in recent years and the accessible nature of the sport. Categorised as ‘Cat C’ entry fees are; Under 10s and 12s race for free, Youth pay £4, juniors £6 & seniors £10. Non LCCA and British Cycling members pay more to cover insurance etc. Entry is on the day and mountain bikes
are welcome.

All riders in the London League are counted in the results, but if you want to have your results counted toward the league you or your club must be affiliated to the London Cyclo-Cross Assoc. All levels of ability are welcome and there are prizes for youth, women, Veterans, Juniors and seniors.

The league will visit a number of varied courses, from open fast ones to a few snaky bike handling testers. The London Cyclo-Cross League will journey to the south coast (Brighton, Lancing and Lydden), Rainham (Kent), East Grinstead, Penshurst off road circuit, Footscray, Strood, and in London at Eastway and Hillingdon. A new venue is on December 18 at Gatwick, promoted by Evans RT.

Once more the league will be sponsored by Mosquito Bikes and after a successful introduction in 2004/05, the ‘USE Star of the Race award’ will continue this year. A seatpost will be given to a rider who shows the spirit of cross by their actions at each race day. -London Cyclo-Cross League

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