How not to ride a 24 hour winter MTB race

BikeRadar cracks at the Kielder Chiller 24

Find out how our intrepid quartet fared at this aptly named race

The Kielder Chiller 24 is a 24 hour MTB race that takes place in Northumberland's Kielder Forest. BikeRadar sent a team of four intrepid riders to take it on, and it didn't go well.

Staffers Joe, Reuben, and Jack were joined by Tom Wragg of Ruby the trail dog fame, forming a quad team that rode the event as a relay. 

The weather in the north of England in February is challenging at the best of times, but our heroic quartet got more than they bargained for, facing freezing and relentlessly wet conditions. 

Watch our video to find out how they got on, and what they learned from this (predictably) harrowing experience.

Matthew Allen

Senior Technical Writer, UK
Former bike mechanic, builder of wheels, hub fetishist and lover of shiny things. Likes climbing a lot, but not as good at it as he looks.
  • Discipline: Road, with occasional MTB dalliances
  • Preferred Terrain: Long mountain climbs followed by high-speed descents (that he doesn't get to do nearly often enough), plus scaring himself off-road when he outruns his skill set.
  • Current Bikes: Scott Addict R3 2014, Focus Cayo Disc 2015, Niner RLT 9
  • Dream Bike: Something hideously expensive and custom with external cables and a threaded bottom bracket because screw you bike industry.
  • Beer of Choice: Cider, please. Thistly Cross from Scotland
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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