Multi-day enduro races are pretty mental things. Watching Jones prepare and train to do the Trans Provence a few years ago made it pretty tempting, but why go to France if you can try it first on some of the UK’s best trails in August? There’s no excuse, now this is on the doorstep!
We’ve just been sent this update – not only have you got some great trails, but now there’s some seriously stiff competition as well. Anyone fancy it then? Here’s the website.
Following the very recent announcement of the brand new five-day bike race, Epic Cymru, that is set to take Wales by storm this year, from 15 – 19 August, 2015, two of the world’s top international Pro-Elite riders’ have already confirmed they will compete in the event.
Epic Cymru – a Mountain Bike multiple-stage race – will encompass several styles of riding and is aimed at the entire spectrum of riders, from Cross Country (XC) to Enduro and Downhill, appealing to the ‘weekend warrior’ as much as the Pro-Elite stars.
With entry to the race having now gone live, two Pro-Elite riders from the US, Mark Weir and Jason Moeschler – both with Team WTB – have already been drawn to the challenging new event and will prove to be serious contenders for the inaugural title.
Weir, 40, is an eight-time Downieville Downhill champion and has climbed over a million vertical feet in one year, whilst Moeschler, 33, has become a three-time MTB World Championship competitor and a three-time Downieville All-Mountain Pro Champion, having first made his presence felt on the racing scene in ‘97 as that year’s US Junior National Champion.
Epic Cymru will include some of the best and most famous riding spots in South Wales, including Bike Park Wales, Afan Forest Park, Rheola Forest & Margam Park, with a mix of trail-centre riding and natural riding, including areas within the Brecon Beacons National Park.
The race format will including timed sections and linking sections over five days, with riders will competing over 18 timed sections, with separate XC and Downhill sections. Stage distances will be a manageable – but still challenging – 45-75km, with an emphasis on providing fun, technical and fast riding throughout.
Full details are available at: www.epiccymru.com