CRC MTB Marathon Series enters final round

Three cycling events over one September weekend

Three cycling events over one weekend is the perfect opportunity to put your summer training and fitness to the test, and we think round five of the Chain Reaction Cycles MTB Marathon Series will do the trick.


Powered by Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport, the final round of the season will be held in Ruthin, Wales on the 15-16 September 2012. For the first time in the series’ history, the round will feature three events:

  • Vitus Sportive: The road sportive will open the event on the Saturday morning and feature 45 and 80 mile options around the rolling Clwydian hills area.
  • Exposure Lights Big Night Out Night Marathon: Taking place on the Saturday night at 7.30pm, it follows the same principle as the standard marathons. They’ve put together a 40km loop loaded with single track, open moorland, forest roads and fast flowing off road sections making this event a real challenge. The route is pretty much ridden entirely in the dark, so strong legs but equally strong bike lights are a must.
  • CRC MTB Marathon: Taking place during the day on Sunday, the marathon features four different distances (80km, 70km, 55km & 29km). The route starts out heading onto the Clwydian hills, incorporating fast flowing single tracks, technical forest sections, tough climbs and breathtaking descents. The course climbs up onto both Moel Arthur and Moel Famau, giving you spectacular views of the surrounding Clwydian hills and North Wales coast.

See the event listing on BikeRadar Training here.

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CRC MTB Marathon

The final round of the series is to be held in Ruthin, Wales.

Entry open – make sure you get in now.

Entries to all three events are open now. If you’re up for doing two events over the weekend, there is a reduced ‘weekend ticket’ available for £47.

To enter the Vitus Sportive please go to the entry page and to enter the ELBNO and/or the CRC marathons please go to the marathon entry page.

If all this riding sounds like your ideal event but you don’t think your fitness is up to scratch, take a look at our new Flat out Fit mountain bike training plan. Designed exclusively for us by Pro Ride Guides (the official coaching partners of the Megavalanche), the regime is meant for intermediate and novice trail riders who want to improve their fitness levels. It’s based around three rides per week and one or two home workout sessions that require no equipment. 

Intrigued by the Flat out Fit plan? Head over to BikeRadarTraining and check out some of the free sample sessions. You can purchase the full training plan for just £9.99.


BikeRadar Training is a free online resource for you to record and analyse all aspects of your training, log your training routes, get yourself tailored training plans, see how you’re doing on our leaderboards, set goals and plan your season with a comprehensive events guide.