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Schwalbe MTB Marathon & Sportive Series 2013

It’s great to hear that there are an increasing number of races that are bringing in the ‘festival’ atmosphere that makes weekends away at the races so much fun. Well the Schwalbe series is doing just that and is also bridging a gap…that of the gap between MTB and road (shock horror). 
Great weekends which combine MTB races and Sportives, plus they are being staged in some top locations.

Read below for the full low-down from the series’ organisers and if you fancy a great weekend of bike riding and socialising then get yourself signed up:


For 2013 the MTB-Marathon Series has partnered up with long standing supporters SCHWALBE Tyres and Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport to bring four exciting events to the marathon and sportive calendar.

For years a loyal partner to the series, SCHWALBE Tyres have stepped up to be the new title sponsor to the events and to bring new and fresh ideas to the marathons.

Launched in 2000 the MTB-Marathons started off as one event but has developed into a series of 4 events where riders can choose between 3-4 MTB courses as well as two road sportive rides.

Besides having a new title sponsor on board the other big change is that the running order of activities will change for 2013. With the exception of the 1st round on Builth Wells which will host the Exposure Light Big Night Out (ELBNO) night marathon on Saturday night followed by the main marathons on Sunday morning all other rounds will have the MTB rides on Saturday and the Road rides on Sunday.

Over those three weekends the event and the registration will open on Friday evening with the MTB-Marathons starting at 10am on Saturday morning. When the riders come over the line the event bar, live music and catering will be waiting for them in the event village to bring their hard day in the saddle to a relaxed finish. Sunday will then see the road riders come out in force to tackle one of the two challenging sportive courses on offer.

As in the past there will be a ‘weekend’ ticket available which offers great discounts for the people who are keen to take part in both activities over the event weekend. But on top of that we will have a family ticket where young riders between 12 and 15 years ride the mini of half marathon for free if they are accompanied by a paying adult. For details please go to the entry page.

Here the dates and locations for 2013:

Builth Wells – Wales 
13th April 2013 – Exposure Light Big Night Out (Night Marathon)
14th April 2013 – SCHWALBE MTB Marathon

Marshbrook – England (Shropshire) 
13th July 2013 – SCHWALBE MTB Marathon
14th July 2013 – SCHWALBE Road Sportives

Abergavenny/Crickhowell – Wales 
3th August 2013 – SCHWALBE MTB Marathon
4th August 2013 – SCHWALBE Road Sportives

Ruthin – Wales
31st August 2013 – SCHWALBE MTB Marathon
1st September 2013 – SCHWALBE Road Sportives

All the details of the SCHWALBE MTB Marathon & Sportive Series 2013 powered by Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport are now on For more road sportive specific info please go to Both websites are up-to-date and the online entry (provided by British Cycling) is now open. Also make sure you check the new MTB-Marathon facebook site ( for the latest news and updated directly from the frontline of the 2013 series.


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