Autumn dates for Marathon and Oktoberfest events


Only a couple of weeks to go before the final Chain Reaction Cycles MTB Marathon Series of 2010, powered by Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport. The 18th and 19th of September will see two days of riding starting with the Exposure Lights Big Night Out Night Marathon on Saturday evening followed by Sunday's daytime marathon event.


Now in its 5th year, the innovative Exposure Lights Big Night is the largest mass start MTB night marathon, attracting 250+ riders to the start line. This year Exposure have stepped up their sponsorship of the new Chain Reaction Cycles Marathon series and added the second Big Night Out date to the line-up. The 1st ELBNO in 2010 took part in Builth Wells and was blessed with perfect night riding weather and fantastic trail conditions.


Marathon night



Expect 44km of riding, with about 1350m of climbing. Leading from Ruthin, the route goes out on the usual return route of the marathon, gently climbing through Bathafarn Farm and continuing to climb off road 'til it crosses the A494 by The Clwyd Gate Motel. The route continues off road to the forestry on Moel Famau, here the track alternates between forest track and single-track right through the woods, finally exiting the forestry and descending Frith Mountain. After a spot of tarmac through the Village of Cilcain, the route climbs back onto Moel Famau, on single and dual tracks across the moorland. Here the route crosses the Offa's Dyke Path, then descends rapidly all the way to Gellifor, from here its tarmac and bridleways back to Ruthin.



Exposure Lights ( will be on site showing off their latest 2011 products range and Chain Reaction Cycles will have some great offers on some of the 2010 Exposure Lights, like the super popular and versatile Joystick which will go the whole distance without any problems. All lights will be fully charged and ready for action on the night.



Every rider will be rewarded with the unique ELBNO Buff, as well as a free helping of coffee, tea and cake to warm up again and get some strength back in your legs for the following day marathon. There is a £5 surcharge if you enter on the event weekend, so it pays to book in advance, for full details go to



marathon site



Following the ELBNO night marathon, the final round of the Marathon will take place on Sunday. There will be four different courses on offer, starting with the 30km long (1,000m of climbing) mini marathon, which is ideal for beginners and families, followed by the popular half marathon (55km and 1,900m of climbing). For those wanting ride slightly longer there’s the 73km long middle distance (2,500m of climbing) and the full marathon (92km, 3,000m of climbing) sitting at the top. The Ruthin course heading out onto the Clwydian Hills, is a varied course using all the best there is to ride in the area. Fast flowing single-track linked by lots of interesting bridleways and technical forestry sections. The course climbs up onto both Moel Arthur and Moel Famau, with spectacular views of the surrounding Clwydians and North Wales coast.




What was the Cheddar Bikefest in 2009 is now the Bristol Oktoberfest which is taking place on the 16th October in the same location as the Bristol Bikefest - Ashton Court, Bristol. The new event will have an 8 hour and 4 hour relay event on offer. You can ride in teams of four, pairs and as solo riders for an entry fee of £25-30 per person, all with a slight Bavarian twist!

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