MAY 2016 (date tbc) - selkirk, scottish borders.
Selkirk MTB Marathon
Starting at 10am from Selkirk High Street, there will be a choice of three courses at the Selkirk MTB Marathon, so something for everyone:
- 25km (Age 16+)
- 50km (16+)
- 75km (18+)
All the courses are on a fantastic mix of natural singletrack, twin-track forest roads, ancient drove roads, hand-made singletrack, and trail centre stuff (75km course only). There's a decent chance that you'll visit the valleys of the Rivers Tweed, Yarrow and Ettrick, and of course, the high points in between. So, expect lung and thigh busting climbs that are rewarded with epic grin-inducing descents. The views from the tops are amazing - take a few seconds to wipe the sweat from your brow and take in a full perspective of the incredible Scottish Borders and Southern Uplands area.
Course profiles for the 50km and 75km courses are now available HERE.
A video showing the 25km trails can be seen HERE, for the 50/75km routes take a look HERE..., slightly more technical ;-)
CUT OFFS: Please note that for 2015 we’re going to introduce cut off times – otherwise our volunteers end up on the course until very late. You MUST be back to the finish no later than 8 hours after the start. If necessary, we’ll divert you on to a shorter course, or direct back to Selkirk at an appropriate time + place. Sorry, but, you know…. :)
Provisional Cut-Offs: 75km riders must be past the Williamhope turn by race start + 4 hours (we’ll divert you on to the 50km course then). 50km and 75km riders must be past the Peel Aid Station by race start + 6 hours (we’ll send you back down the road to Selkirk then).
Course Designer Pete Laing is hard at work scouting out new sections for you to ride, and we aim to provide the usual 'freshen up' for the Marathon courses this year.
The courses will be fully marked, so no need to brush up your map-reading skills!.
All distances are mainly natural ‘real’mountain biking – big twin-track climbs, singletrack descents, twisty rooty stuff in the woods, mud (though we have occasionally had dry dusty years as well) and a short ‘hike-a-bike’ up one hill (unless you’re Alberto Contador). The 75km course will probably also use some of the man-made trail centre stuff at Innerleithen as well.
The courses are all broadly the same technical difficulty, some are just longer than others. If we use the trail centre gradings (which are a bit more meaningless on the natural trails we use, as conditions and obstacles are not groomed, and change very quickly), the course is overall probably somewhere between Blue and Red. The climbs are generally Blue, but long and sometimes steep. The descents are a mixed bag, mostly Red, some are between Red + Black (they can be narrow, rocky, twisty, occasional small drops/roots, rough in places). There are a
couple of potential descents that are closer to Black (Elibank Forest is an example) – steep, occasionally rocky, sometimes narrow, usually muddy and slippy), but these could be walked if necessary (and many people do). The final descent, which all 3 courses will probably do, is predominantly a ‘Natural Red’ kind of standard.
Course descriptions can be found here.
It goes without saying that the whole course has hazards (alternatively known as ‘fun bits’!), and you’ll need to take responsibility and care, and be prepared to bail out if necessary (whilst leaving the riding line clear for other riders who are able to ride it). It’s a tough, fun, great, and challenging day out whichever course you choose.
The weather plays a huge role as well – you’re on top of the Southern Uplands several times during the day, where the conditions can get lively, even in June, so you’ll also need to go out equipped (we insist that you carry tools/spares/puncture repair stuff), but you may also need
waterproofs, additional clothing, extra food, extra water etc.
There will be regular Aid Stations on each course, stocked with the usual water, bananas, cakes, energy bars etc.
15/4/15: COMPETITOR BRIEFING HERE.
Entry Fees are;
75km - TBC
25/50/75km Marathon - TBC
25/50/75km Marathon - TBC
Accompanied 12-15yr Olds Ride for Free!!
We're happy to see 12-15yr olds come and take part on the 25km course, but they MUST (no exceptions - sorry!) be accompanied by an full-price entry adult all the way round the course. We need you to tell us the name and age of your accompanying 12-15yr old (there are spaces on the entry form for these details - please fill them in).
British Marathon Championships
Entry Categories are:
Men (born 1996 or earlier)
Women (born 1996 or earlier)
Veteran Men (born 1973 or earlier)
Veteran Women (born 1973 or earlier)
British Cycling will provide a jersey for the winner and medals for the first three, provided
there are at least three entrants in each category.
From a UCI perspective technically there are just two categories, Men and Women - we (British Cycling) shouldn’t have veteran riders listed as sub categories within the national championship, but we do!
So it is possible, if a veteran rider ends up in the top 3 overall, to be classified in both open and veteran competitions.
IMPORTANT STUFF ABOUT LICENCES: I might stick this in as a FAQ ;). You MUST (no exceptions) have a FULL British Cycling Race Licence to be able to ride in the British Champs 'wave'. In practice this means (I think) that you need to be either a Silver or Gold BC member, AND have purchased the additional race licence. Provisional and Day Licences don't count. If you are overseas (or similar), you need your licence number to have the prefix 'GBR' to be valid for the Champs. Make sure you bring your licence to race sign-on. British Cycling will check all licences before race day - we'll move anyone without the correct licence onto the 'normal' course, so you'll still get to ride, but you'll have paid a few quid more!.
NO LICENCES/MEMBERSHIPS ARE NEEDED TO RIDE THE 'NORMAL' 25km, 50km and 75km COURSES - pay yer entry and come and ride - simple!.