We’ve got some last-minute details of this weekend’s Merida 100 Marathon at Selkirk, Scotland. It’s the first time a Merida 100’s been held north of the border and only the second time it’s been outside Wales (the first was the Austrian event a couple of weeks ago).
The course has been designed by local trail supremo Pete Laing. He’s heavily involved with the 7Stanes purpose-built trail project in the Borders so you can be sure that he knows a good trail when he sees it. The weather forecast is good and apparently the course is in fine fettle. And of course the Bikemagic photographer will be there snapping everything in sight, so get your best smile (or grimace, as you prefer) on.
Event HQ is the Rugby Club in Selkirk, complete with toilets and showers. Camping is nearby – the organisers would like to point out that the campsite’s day job is a football pitch, so no barbecues please…
Signing on starts at 12 noon on Saturday and will stay open until 8pm. Around 600 riders are pre-entered but there are places left – obviously it’s best to show up on Saturday if you’re looking for a late entry, but registration will also be open on Sunday from 7-9am. Don’t show up later than 9, though. There’ll be a prize draw after Saturday registration closes, with a Merida bike and CicloSport HAC4 computer up for grabs. And of course there’s the traditional pasta party from 6pm.
The start is at 10am on Sunday from the Rugby Club, and afterwards the campsite will be open until Monday so you can take your time recovering before travelling home. Last-minute queries to John Lloyd at Builth Wells Cycles (01982 552923) or email [email protected].