It's that time of year again, the first round of the Chain Reaction Cycles MTB Marathon Series powered by Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport signals the beginning of the UK mountain bike events season good and proper for us here at Bikemagic.
Heading to Builth Wells on 7/8 April there's a full weekend of cycling waiting for everyone making the trip, in what promises to be another classic event. And if you haven't entered, fear not as there's still places available - you can enter online or pay on the day. You can enter right here www.mtb-marathon.co.uk/events/builth.php
How is the course holding up?
Well the last couple of weeks have been super dry making the ground rock hard and super fast. The next couple of days might bring a little drizzle but that should not affect the course at all. Currently the weather is looking to improve again for the weekend so everything should be set for another great opener.
Course designer John Lloyd has been busy once again and have found lots of new stuff which even the more hardened Builth Wells riders (this is the 13th time we are coming to Builth Wells) will be surprised about. The Exposure Lights Big Night Out Night Marathon night marathon is very similar to last year but the half and middle marathon on Sunday had a heavy load of new single and double track injected into them.
Registration and start times
The registration, camping, event village, parking as well as start/finish is all based at the Royal Welsh Showground – post code LD2 3SY. The showground has all the mod cons, showers, proper toilets, tarmac to park on, unfortunately no hook ups for caravans, but lots of nice clean grass to camp on. Make sure you bring a hammer to bang the pegs in – as we said the ground is super dry.
The registration is open on Saturday from 12pm (noon) – 8pm and then again on Sunday from 7-10am. Simply make your way to the registration when you arrive, sign next to your name and get all the bits and pieces you need for the weekend handed to you.
The start of the night marathon is at 7.30pm on Saturday and the start of the ‘day’ marathon is at 10.30am on Sunday morning. The venue will be signposted from Friday lunch time onwards and the campground will be open from Friday all the way through to Monday – for everybody who wants to make a longer weekend out of it.
We will have 2 photographers out on the course; our regular photographer, Jon Brooke and his colleague - the idea being to give you an even greater selection of images to choose from.
Full details about the event and online entry at www.mtb-marathon.co.uk/events/builth.php