The last event of the Chain Reaction Cycles MTB Marathon Series takes place this weekend (18/19 September) at Ruthin, North Wales.
Exposure Lights Big Night Out marathon – Saturday 18 September
Now in it’s 5th year, the innovative Exposure Lights Big Night is the largest mass start MTB night marathon, attracting 250+ riders to the start line.
This year Exposure have stepped up their sponsorship of the new Chain Reaction Cycles marathon series and added the second Big Night Out date to the line-up. The first ELBNO in 2010 which took part in Builth Wells and was blessed with perfect night riding weather and fantastic trail conditions – the second round in Ruthin will follow in the same footsteps.
We expect the Ruthin round to even more popular at a time of year as riders have “found their legs” and will relish the challenge for a “double whammy” weekend ride.
The Exposure Lights Big Night out will be approx. 44km long with approx. 1,350m of climbing. Leading from Ruthin, the route goes out on the usual return route of the marathon, gently climbing through Bathafarn Farm and continuing to climb off road till it crosses the A494 by The Clwyd Gate Motel. The route continues off road to the forestry on Moel Famau, here the track alternates between forest track and single-track right through the woods, finally exiting the forestry and descending Frith Mountain.
After a spot of tarmac through the Village of Cilcain, the route climbs back onto Moel Famau, on single and dual tracks across the moorland. Here the route crosses the Offa’s Dyke Path then descends rapidly all the way to Gellifor, from here its tarmac and bridleways back to Ruthin.
With the ride being run almost entirely in darkness please make sure that you have enough burn time to complete the course. The average time at the ELBNO in April was around 3 hours – so make sure you are prepared for that.
Exposure Lights will be on site showing off their latest 2011 products range and Chain Reaction Cycles will have some great offers on some of the 2010 Exposure Lights like for example the super popular and versatile Joystick which will go the whole distance without any problems. All lights will be fully charged and ready for action on the night. More details about the sale in our next newsletter.
Going back to the good old ELBNO tradition every rider will be rewarded with the unique ELBNO Buff when crossing the finish line as well as a free helping of coffee, tea and cake to warm up again and get some strength back in your legs for the following day marathon.
For further details or to enter head over to www.mtb-marathon.co.uk/events/ruthin_elbno.php
CRC Spring Marathon – Sunday 19 September
Following the ELBNO night marathon will be the final round of the Chain Reaction Cycles MTB Marathon Series powered by Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport.
There’s four different courses on offer – starting with the 30km long (1,000m of climbing) mini marathon which is ideal for beginners and families, followed by the popular half marathon (55km and 1,900m of climbing). On from there will be the 73km long middle distance (2,500m of climbing) with the full marathon (92km, 3,000m of climbing) sitting at the top.
The Ruthin course heading out onto the Clwydian Hills, is a varied course using all the best there is to ride in the area. Fast flowing single -tracks linked by lots of interesting bridleways and technical forestry sections.
The course climbs up onto both Moel Arthur and Moel Famau, with spectacular views of the surrounding Clwydians and North Wales coast.
Enter now at www.mtb-marathon.co.uk/entry_forms/entry_forms.php
Enter now and save yourself some money
Entries have been coming in thick and fast over the last few weeks but don’t worry, there are still places left.
If you haven’t entered yet make sure that you either download an entry form from our website or go directly to the Chain Reaction Cycles hosted online entry. If you enter online via the CRC website you will be given a 5% discount on your next product purchase.
For all the details please go to our entry page on the MTB-Marathon website www.mtb-marathon.co.uk/entry_forms/entry_forms.php. Here you can choose between or the good old paper download entry.
There will be on the day entries available but there is a £5 surcharge if you enter on site on the Friday, Saturday or Sunday of the event weekend. So better enter now and save yourself some money. If are interested in riding both events than you can save even more by booking the ‘weekend pass’ which gives you the ELBNO night marathon and the day marathon for a reduced price of £45.
Time Table for the weekend
- Registration – Saturday from 12pm (noon) – 8pm
- Start ELBNO – Saturday approx. 7.30pm
- Registration – Sunday from 7 – 9am
- Start – Sunday 10am
Pick up the marathon Buff at the final event of the season
Long standing sponsor Buff is providing not just the sort after ELBNO Buff which will be handed out to everybody completing the night marathon but also lots of MTB-Marathon Buffs which we will be using as spot prizes at the event for everybody we believe needs a little reward. So make sure you keep that in mind when you come over the lines at the final event of the 2010 season. For further details on this fantastic piece of headwear check out the Buff website: www.buffwear.co.uk
Gore Bike Wear to test free
Gore Bike Wear are joining once more the final round of the 2010 series to run their ‘Try B4 U Buy’ scheme in which you can test ride their products when you ride the event. Go along to the Gore Bike Wear tent and experience for yourself what the real difference is. www.gorebikewear.co.uk.