Event Reports

Round 1

Chain Reaction Cycles MTB Marathon Series 2010

Ruthin Edition 19th September

Report from Jack Nash

Since NWMBA first encouraged John Lloyd and his team to bring their Kona 100 series to Ruthin it has been the only regular fixture on the North Wales MTB calender other than a few Downhill races. Having been through sponsorship from Merida and now Chain Reaction Cycles the entry of this fun rather than competative event attracts the greatest number of local riders for any event in the series and is a common place to catch up with orignal and new members of NWMBA. First time rider and club member Jack Nash has kindly put finger to keyboard and sent us this note of his experience on the 30km route, I look forward in a few years to reading his 100km ride report.

Dad and me left home early on a very wet Sunday morning but when we got to Ruthin it had stopped.
After we had registered we put our numbers on our bikes and we were raring to go along with nearly 1000 others.  We had to do the 30km route because I am only just 12 years old, but in the future I am going to do the 100km.

At 10 o’clock everybody made their way to the start we started towards the back of the riders to keep out of trouble and avoid the pile-ups.  We rode through Ruthin and it was like being in the peleton in the Tour of Britain, it was a new experience for me as I am only used to racing against no more than 15 people.

After Ruthin we start a very long steep tarmac climb which went on for ages and because there were so many people on it when one person stopped everybody stopped, but I made it to the top without walking.

At the top we hit some single track which was very wet and muddy but everyone had spread out a bit so it was great, there was nothing technical on our route which was a shame, but it was a family route and it would have been hard if you didn’t ride your mountain bike regularly.

After a quick stop at the feed station for some choccie biscuits (energy food) it was a quick climb then mostly downhill all the way back to Ruthin were we finished in 2 hrs 26 mins a bit tired and very muddy!!! and I beat my dad across the finish line.

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