Scott MTB Marathon Buitlh Wells review

15-04-2017  Ross Wildman   News  Race Reports 

Although I’m no stranger to a spot of amateur Endurance racing this was going to be the first Scott MTB marathon I’ve made it to. But after being seriously ill after Christmas I was so excited about getting back on my bike to attend what is widely regarded as the original single loop off road...

Matt Jones 24hr Solo champs race report and seasonal recap

20-11-2016  Matthew Jones   News  Race Reports 

Fort William holds some good memories for me starting in 2013 getting a surprising podium at relentless 24 followed the year after with an age cat win at the world champs. This year really topped it all off though winning the UK 24 hour solo championships.   It's been a really long...

Tide2tide Report - Phil Pearce Pembrey

10-10-2016  Ross Wildman   Race Reports  Rider Blogs 

Philip headed over to the Tide2Tide event at Pembrey, to compete in his first ever tide2tide event, We asked him to share his thoughts on the event, see what he makes of it and maybe enter next year? The Tide 2 Tide event is a new one to me. So what is it? It’s a fun-filled all-inclusive 6...

Inter services and Army MTB XC Champs 2016

03-10-2016  Ross Wildman   Race Reports 

Wednesday 28 September 2016 at Hungey Hill Aldershot Capt Tiny Simmonds and WO1 Stu Crighton organised the 2016 Inter Service and Army MTB XC Championship as well as the final round of the MTB XC Race Series. The course was approx 4.5km in length and was dominated by a tough 30% climb which was a...

Night of the Knobbly Tread - Race Report

23-09-2016  Craig Bowles   Race Reports 

As always the Exposure Lights Night of the Knobbly Tread race produced some close fast racing across the categories as everyone vied for the excellent prizes on offer from headline sponsors Exposure/USE and the additional prizes from West Drayton MBC club sponsor The Specialized Concept Store...

Torq in your sleep, extra pressure when you're coach?

20-09-2016  Ross Wildman   Race Reports 

Feeling the pressure as a coach ? maybe just a little after a great result with Steve Day taking the overall win in 2015 the pressure was on for him to regain his title (please remember he's on a single speed guys) so yes this means pressure on his coach. In 2015 I raced mixed pairs with Harriet...

Sometimes it pays off to be spontaneous

18-09-2016  Ross Wildman   Race Reports  Rider Blogs 

I hadn’t even heard of the Jelenia Gora Trophy until Wednesday and yet 48 hours later, I’m walking the course at 10 o’clock the night before the race with a useless freebie torch from Deutsche Bahn. I literally had to wait until the sun came up before I could ride the course for the first...

Manx100 "Toughest mile for mile event in the UK"

16-09-2016  Matthew Jones   Race Reports  Rider Blogs 

The team behind the Manx100 have put together the toughest mile for mile mountain bike event in the UK. The stats only begin to give you a sense of the scale of the challenge laid down by the local organisers. 102 miles  (yes an extra couple as they didn't want the risk of people being...

Matthew Jones takes on the Kielder101

06-09-2016  Ross Wildman   Race Reports  Rider Blogs 

The Kielder101 in it’s second year after taking over from the longer historic 100 mile event offered riders a 101km endurance xc challenge in the remote hills, forests and moorlands of the English and Scottish borders in deepest Northumberland.   Riders had an early wake up to prepare...

MB Race, Megève. 140km, 7000m climbing

02-08-2016  Scott Cornish   Race Reports 

With clear blue skies on the drive into Megeve, we got a real sense of just how tough this race was going to be, mountains rising up from the valley all around, many still with lingering snow,  the snow covered peaks of the Massif du Mont Blanc in the distance. Alan Colville and myself had come...

2016 10 Under the Ben (AKA 6.5 Under the Ben)

04-07-2016  Andrew Dodds   Race Reports 

10 Under the Ben - everyone knows it, everyone loves it and I reckon nearly everyone has tried it.  Now in its 12th year, the course has changed and developed over the years and 2016 saw a 10 mile lap of singletrack tech and fireroad speed under the peaks of Nevis Range. So, where to start?...