The Mawddach Gold Rush, a new mountain bike challenge, is to be held at Coed y Brenin in North Wales on Sunday, 9 March 2008.
Organised by the Rotary Club of Mawddach, with the help of the Forestry Commission Wales, VLA Events, UK Results and Tri-coaching UK, the event will give keen mountain bikers the chance to experience riding over the same trails used and competed on by Europe's top elite riders.
Vicki Hawes, of the Mawddach Rotary Club, said: "In the Mawddach Goldrush we have created a challenge unlike any other event in the biking calendar and one which, in addition to providing mountain biking enthusiasts with an adrenalin-fuelled experience, will help a lot of people in need.
"Simply by taking part in the event, riders will be helping to raise money for charities and local good causes, including the Institute for Cancer Research and the Wales Air Ambulance. The event therefore provides the unique opportunity for people to experience the ride of their life while possibly helping to save the lives of others."
Solo riders taking part in the challenge will need to complete three laps of a course based on the famous TARW trail, about 50k in total. The Mawddach Goldrush will be chip timed and open to both solo riders and relay teams.
The rigorous ride, with rocky sections and fast flowing descents, weaves through scenic Welsh gold mine country and will present serious bikers with a demanding challenge as a warm up to the new 2008 biking season.
In keeping with the historic setting of the challenge, every rider registering for the event will also have the opportunity to 'stake their claim' to a mystery bounty hidden on the Mawddach Gold Rush map. Entrants need simply to pick the lucky plot of land in the Mawddach gold belt, to bag themselves the star prize.
For more information, visit the Mawddach Gold Rush website.
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