After a sunny start to the season at the first round of the Chain Reaction Cycles MTB Marathon Series powered by Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport in April the weather was even more impressive at the second helping of the series.
With temperatures above 25 degrees and no cloud in the sky the ride was a real challenge for everyone and probably saw quite a few people leaving the event with a sun burned neck as well as the cyclist typical tan lines. The conditions on the ground leading up to the weekend were perfect making the trails course designer John Lloyd had put together fast and dusty.
But there wasn’t just marathon riding going on at the second Builth Wells, but also a variety of other cycle activities – with more than 1200 riders getting stuck in over the weekend the second round of the series was another great success for this established series.
Exactly ay 10am more than 1000 riders lead out by former World Cup legend Gary Ford as well as marathon regular and equally legendary WC racer Nick Craig made their way into the hills for some first class marathon action. The weather added an extra level of difficulty to the event and the feed stations were even more sought after than they normally are. After just 75 minutes in the saddle the first rider in the mini marathon made his way over the finish line with the last rider finishing the riding tasks of the full distance and picking up the well deserved event T-shirt in 7 hours and 41 minutes.
The second event of the Chain Reaction Cycles MTB Marathon Series 2010 powered by Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport was a great success with lots of smiling (sunburned) faces coming over the line at Penmaenau Farm. But if you couldn’t make it to the May round don’t worry as the upcoming months have lots more new and great stuff up our sleeves.
Next marathon – Grassington on the 3-4 July 2010
Don’t worry if you couldn’t make it to the second round of the Chain Reaction Cycles MTB Marathon Series 2010 powered by Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport in Builth Wells, as the next one is only a few weeks away. After enjoying perfect conditions and some great riding at the first and second round the series will be heading north to the new location of Grassington in Yorkshire. This event will be the only ‘pure’ marathon weekend of the year with only the Sunday run MTB Marathon to focus on. Stunning views and never before used trails are waiting for the riders.