Month to go until Marin Roughride 2010

Wilderness riding in the Welsh Marches

Entries are filling up fast for this year's Marin Roughride mountain bike enduro, which promises some great wilderness riding with stunning views in the Welsh Marches.

There's a choice of two routes – 75km with 7,000ft of climbing and 48km with 4,000ft of climbing (47 and 30 miles) – and this year the longer option has been tweaked to offer even more moorland riding and less tarmac.

With 700 of the 1,000 spaces for the event on 13 June already taken, organisers say it's a good idea to book online at www.roughride.co.uk rather than entering on the day.

Nick Eve, from Awfully Big Adventures, told BikeRadar: "The Marin Roughride is a wilderness event, rather than being on forestry tracks. Some of the riding is on bridleways but a lot of it's on open moorland. With landowner permission, we've managed to get some new sections for people to ride through.

"There's normally a festival-like atmosphere and people tend to go around in groups, helping each other out if they get punctures, because of the wilderness nature of the event. It's very friendly and laidback."

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