It is ljust over 1 week to go before the final round of the series will get started at the Rugby Club in Ruthin. On Saturday (16th September 2006) the event will officially begin with the opening of the registration at 12 (noon) pm. The registration will stay open till 8pm and will be followed by the traditional prize draw of the Merida bike. Please make sure you are present when we draw the winner as you can only win the bike if you are there! The registration will reopen on Sunday morning from 7am – 9am followed by the start of the final round at 9.30am. Please note that the start is 30 minutes earlier than usual due to the days getting shorter. Our friends from the North Wales Mountain Bike Association (www.nwmba.org.uk) have been sending us great reports on new sections they managed to add to the various courses. We will give you more on the weather developments and course conditions nearer the time.
As at all the other 2006 events we will have 4 different course lengths. The full course is approx. 91km long has 4 feeding stations (approx: 27, 44, 57 and 77km) and has approx. 3000m of climbing in it. The middle course is approx. 72km long has three feeding stations (approx: 27, 40, 51km) and has approx. 2350m of climbing. The half marathon (approx. 55km long and 1550m climbing) has two stations at approx. 20 and 42km and the Mini marathon is roughly 30km long climbs just over 1000m and has a feeding station at 20km. Please be aware that all these distances are approximate and could vary due to weather or other unforeseen changes.
Saturday Skills Rides with CycleActive
As at previous events we will have our friends from CycleActive running their skills rides and courses. We have a few places left so please be quick if you want to take part. If you are tackling the 25 or 50km for the first time this might be a good chance to freshen up on things on Saturday and put them into practice on Sunday.
Here again are the two levels on offer:
Rides depart at 12:00pm, 2:30pm and 5pm from the main marquee and last 1.5-2 hours each. Maximum 8 people per ride. Sign up by sending us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entries Ruthin Marathon
The entry facilities for Ruthin are open and online entries are coming in thick and fast. To enter online please go to www,mtb-marathon.co.uk Please note that you will only get two automated emails when you enter the events online (please read the instructions carefully). Once you have received those you have successfully entered and you simply have to make your way to the registration at the event village at the Ruthin Rugby Club and sign on. Also please make sure that you only enter one rider per online entry and that the name of the rider is put in under ‘customer name’. If you would rather fill in an entry form by hand simply download an entry form from our entry page (www,mtb-marathon.co.uk) fill it and send it through together with your payment. We have places left for all four courses. Please make sure that you enter no later than Wednesday 13th September as we might have difficulties receiving your entry before we head up to the event.