Chain Reaction Cycles MTB Marathon and Vitus Sportive - Selkirk: 19th – 20th May 2012
Quite a bit earlier this year but still one of the most loved rounds of the series and uniqueness through its combination of the superb natural trails around the Selkirk area and the world famous purpose build tracks of nearby trail centres like Innerleithen. Easily accessible from Edinburgh, Glasgow and the north of England, the Selkirk round has been going from strength to strength and will continue to do so. The close proximity to places like Glentress not to mention some of the other 7Stanes trails make the Selkirk round the ideal event to tie in with a long weekend or even a week of riding first class trails.
The second round of the Chain Reaction Cycles MTB Series returns to the most talked about round – Selkirk in the Scottish Borders for another double event. With two great sportive routes to choose from, the first Vitus Sportive event will take place 19th May followed by the MTB Marathon on Sunday. Our course designer Pete Laing will be working with us again and will make sure his home round stays on top. So apart from showcasing the fantastic road riding around the greater Selkirk area, be prepared to be amazed by high rolling roads, sweeping hairpins, long and challenging climbs and the most awe-inspiring scenery the area has to offer.
The Vitus Sportive will have an open start between 8.30am – 9.30am from the Selkirk RFC.
There are two distances to choose from:
standard sportive: approx 47mile course
classic sportive: approx 92mile course
Friday from 6.00pm – 9.00pm
Saturday from 7.00am – 9.30am
Entry fee Sportive:
£27 or reduced price of £47 if you take part in the discounted ‘weekend ticket’.
Tea and cake will be served at the end of your road ride.
MTB Marathon – Selkirk 20th May 2012:
Following the Road Sportive on 19th May, the MTB Marathon takes place on 20th May, creating a mini cycle festival weekend by combining both events. The superb mtb courses, which incorporates some of the best purpose built tracks surrounding the greater Selkirk area, the fantastic views and superb facilities at the Selkirk RFC makes this event one of the highlights of the 2012 series. Pete Laing won’t disappoint again this year and will be giving riders the chance to really enjoy the daring sections he’ll add to the already much loved Selkirk courses.
National Marathon Championships. Selkirk 20th May 2012.
This year we will not just have the four course of the ‘non-competitive’ round of the CRC MTB Marathons being run in Selkirk but also the National Marathon Championships. The Champs will take place on the same day as the other marathon and will run on the same course as the long distance marathon.
Here some more details on the event.
• Run alongside CRC marathon.
• One lap of 85Km
• Championship riders start just ahead of CRC marathon riders.
• Race starts at the Selkirk Rugby Club, Ettrickhaugh Rd, TD7 5AX. 10am
• Signing on: Sat 1-8pm and Sun 7-9am.
• Registration closes for Championship riders 7th May 2012.
• A racing license is required for championship entry.
• National jersey for winners of 1st senior male, 1st senior female, 1st vet male and 1st vet female.
• Championship medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd for senior male, senior female, vet male and vet female.
Further to this please click here (PDF download) for further details on the ‘Feed/Technical Assistance Zone Regulations’. If you should have any further questions regarding the National Marathon Championships please call John Lloyd on 01982 552923 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The route will cover four different course lengths:
The MTB Marathon will start at approx 10.00am on Sunday 20th May at the Selkirk RFC.
Friday from 6.00pm – 9.00pm
Saturday from 7.00am – 8.00pm
Sunday from 7.00am – 9.00am
Entry fee Marathon:
£32, £27 (for Mini Marathon) or £22 (for Mini Marathon if you are under 16 years old) or reduced price of £47 if you take part in the discounted ‘weekend ticket’.
For a full list of entry fees, visit the entry page.
Camping will be available (included in the entry fee) from Friday night through to Monday morning at the Selkirk RFC. It will be signposted from Friday afternoon onwards. The guys at the rugby club always put extra effort in with local music acts in the bar on site on Saturday plus making sure that all the facilities are always in tiptop shape.
Don’t forget our event photographer Jon Brooke will be at the event taking photographs of you all! The photos will be up on www.rightplacerighttime.co.uk to view and purchase a few days after each event. To enter the event(s), visit the entry page.
For information about local services and accommodation, visit the local info page.
CycleActive Skills Clinics and Coaching Rides – Saturday Programme:
Free skills clinics and coaching rides set off from the CycleActive stand at 2pm and 4pm.
At each time there will be two levels:
• Advanced skills clinic/ride for experienced riders.
• Easier warm up and coaching ride for novices and intermediates.
The advanced sessions are strictly for confident, competent riders who want to gain speed, control and improved flow through all parts of their marathon ride.
Spaces are limited so advanced booking is recommended, by email, to email@example.com. The sessions are completely free, making this a unique chance to get video feedback and personal skills advice, from basics up to advanced moves, from some of the top skills coaches in the UK. All sessions are supported by Buff, the original headwear company.
Junior Skills Activities – Sunday:
To support the younger riders who are not yet old enough to complete a marathon, the CycleActive team will run a morning and afternoon skills session for juniors (ages 4 to 14). The first of these will run half an hour after the marathon start, the second will run at 12:30pm, and youngsters are encouraged to attend both sessions as they will cover different skills. Sessions are free and there is no need to sign up in advance.