We are just about to head out to the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells to set up the event village for the 1st round of the 2012 series of the Chain Reaction Cycles MTB Marathon Series powered by Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport. Before the events officially opens we thought to let you know how things are looking over here.
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 ELBNO 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.
Can I still get in? Entry on the day?
There are still places available for the Builth Wells round as well as the other remaining rounds of the Chain Reaction Cycles MTB Marathon Series 2012. You can still enter via the online entry but if you enter after Friday lunchtime donâ€™t be surprised that your name will not be on the entry list. No worries though we can look you up and add you to the start list.
For further details on the Exposure Lights Big Night Out Night Marathon and for the Spring Marathon please go to the Builth Wells event page or go to the course detail page for the vital statistics of the weekend. To enter go straight to the entry page. If you canâ€™t make up your mind then you can also enter at the event. But please be aware that we have a Â£ 5 surcharge for that. So why not enter today â€“ save yourself some money and the hassle!
Registration and start timesThe registration, camping, event village, parking as well as start/finish is all based at the Royal Welsh Showground â€“ 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 â€“ as we said the ground is super dry!
The registration is open on Saturday from 12pm (noon) â€“ 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 â€˜dayâ€™ 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 â€“ for everybody who wants to make a longer weekend out of it.
If you canâ€™t make it:
Should you not be able to make it to the Builth round â€“ donâ€™t worry as this is just the start of another great year of MTB-Marathons and road sportives!