A report from the Merida Marathon team. After weeks of rain all over the UK the Builth Wells round of the Merida Bikes MTB Marathon Series managed to find a hole in the national cloud cover and enjoyed more or less uninterrupted sunshine for the event weekend.
The odds were certainly against a dry weekend after the summer so far. There has been not much else than permanent rain, and with that in mind the event team prepared as much as possible for a wet version after last year's super dry and fast conditions. John Lloyd focused his attention very much on offering courses which could be enjoyed in the rather unstable weather conditions, and following the feedback we received at the finish line and since then on email John succeeded on that front.
After 7 years of running a marathon in and around Builth he managed to come up with something new and exciting for everybody.
Almost a thousand riders entered the 4th round of the series which was a surprisingly high number considering the weather conditions over the last few weeks and the huge offer on international sporting events (Wimbledon, Formula 1 and Tour de France in the UK) taking place. Everyone enjoyed the new sections alongside the Epynt Way and the never-ending offer of single track in John's 'playground' Crychan Forrest.
Photos and website updates
Our event photographer Jon Brooke was out taking pics on the course. Pics of (nearly) every rider - searchable by rider number are available from here. Jon took lots of images so have a look and see if you can find yourself on there.
Next UK event - Selkirk
Scotland hosts the next round of the series in Selkirk. If you missed out on the TransScotland '07 or want to get another go make sure you make your way to Selkirk on the 4-5th August. With the recent increase in entries and particularly entries on the day we would like to recommend to everybody to enter in advance. The online entry is getting more and more popular and allows you to enter and pay in one go. If you haven't done it simply go onto our entry page and follow the on screen instructions. You will also find a downloadable form there which will allow you to go the good old postal way. Entries are still available and if you want to find out more about the Selkirk event go here.