What a weekend of cycling we have had. An unpredicted mix of high expectation, excitement, frustration yet glory in the end.
The scenes that filled out television screens on Saturday and Sunday certainly made us throw our legs over the top tube of our bike and if you feel the same than fear not as help is just around the corner.
We have another packed cycle weekend lined up for you and this time we are heading to Cwrt-y-Gollen near Abergavenny and Crickhowell. Over the weekend we have three MTB marathons to choose from on the Saturday (4th August) followed by two road sportives on the Sunday (5th August).
Course designer John Lloyd has been out in the hills and roads around Abergavenny and Crickhowell over the weekend and made a few last minute adjustments to some of the courses.
So here the finale profiles for the weekend.
Middle MTB Marathon (4th August 2012 – start 10am)
Length (approx.): 80km Amount of climbing (approx.): 2500m
Feed stations at 20, 38 and 60km
Half MTB Marathon (4th August 2012 – start 10am)
Length (approx.): 50km Amount of climbing (approx.): 1600m
Feed stations at 20 and 38km
Mini MTB Marathon (4th August 2012 – start 10am)
Length (approx.): 30km Amount of climbing (approx.): 900m
Feed stations at 20 and 24km
Classic (Long) Road Sportive (5th August 2012 – open start 8.30 – 9.30am)
Length (approx.): 90miles Amount of climbing (approx.): 2500m
Feed stations at 30 and 60mile
Standard (Short) Road Sportive (5th August 2012 – open start 8.30 – 9.30am)
Length (approx.): 55miles Amount of climbing (approx.): 1450m
Feed station at 30mile
The location of the Abergavenny/Crickhowell round of the CRC MTB Marathon Series powered by Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport and the VITUS Road Sportive powered by CycleOps power is Cwrt-y-Gollen (nearest postcode is NP8 1TH). We will have the venue signposted from Friday lunchtime onwards.
The start for the MTB Marathons will be at 10am on Saturday the 4th August, while the road sportive will start from 8.30 – 9.30am on Sunday the 5th August.
Registration times are as followed:
- Friday 3rd August 2012: 6 – 9pm
- Saturday 4th August 2012: 7 – 9.30am and then again from 5-8pm
- Sunday 5th August 2012: 7 – 9.30am
The pasta party will be on Friday evening at around 6pm.
You can find further details of the VITUS sportive on www.roadsportives.co.uk and the Abergavenny event page. For further details on the CRC MTB Marathons please go to www.mtb-marathon.co.uk or to the Abergavenny event page.
Live band and bar
We will have a live band with us on Saturday after the MTB marathon – Chris Summerill & The Hurricanes – which will bring the MTB day to a nicely rounded finale. We will also have a bar on site in case anybody wants to enjoy a well deserved post marathon drink while listening to the band.
The postal and online entry and still open for business. If you enter by post please make sure that your entry arrives no later than Thursday (2nd August). The online entry will stay open. If you enter before Friday lunchtime your entry will be on the start sheet. If you enter after that we will have to download your entry when you arrive. Either way is fine. If you decide to enter at the event please expect a £5 surcharge. So best be quick and enter before you make your way to Abergavenny!
If there are any further updates or new then we ill put them up on our MTB-Marathon facebook page. So make sure you check that once or twice before you come over to the event.
Ritchey TrailMasters powered by Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport (17-19th August 2012)
Once the Abergavenny round comes to an end all our attention will be focused on the upcoming Ritchey TrailMasters. If you had a good time in Abergavenny and enjoyed a long day in the saddle with some live music and a drink after your ride then why not check out the TrailMasters 2012. You will have some great rides, some challenging racing (if you want to) and some great ‘off the bike’ time as well. Entries are still available at www.trailmasters.cc