Chain Reaction Cycles MTB Marathon Series 2011


The last event of the 2011 season kicks off at the Rugby Club in Ruthin, North Wales over the weekend of 17th and 18th of September, starting with the Exposure Lights Big Night Out Night Marathon at approx. 7.30pm on Saturday (17th September) evening.


 CRC start


Now in it's 6th year, the innovative Exposure Lights Big Night Out (ELBNO)is the largest mass start MTB night marathon, attracting 250+ riders to the start line. Following the introduction of the September ELBNO in 2010 this year will again be the unofficial start of the night racing season. The 1st ELBNO in 2011 which took part in Builth Wells and was blessed with perfect night riding weather and fantastic trail conditions - the round in Ruthin will hopefully follow in the same footsteps.


The Exposure Lights Big Night out will be approximately 42km long with about 1,350m 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 until 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.


With the ride being run almost entirely in darkness rider are asked to please make sure that they allow plenty of time to complete the course. The average time in April was around 3 hours. 


CRC finish


Exposure Lights will be on site showing off their latest 2012 products range and Chain Reaction Cycles will have some great offers on some Exposure Lights including 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.


Going back to the good old ELBNO tradition every rider will be rewarded with the unique ELBNO T-shirt when crossing the finish line, 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 are further details on the Exposure Lights Big Night Out Night Marathon here


it's not all serious stuff! 


Following the ELBNO night marathon will be the final round of the Chain Reaction Cycles MTB Marathon Series powered by Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport, offering four different courses, starting with the 29km long (900m of climbing) mini marathon - ideal for beginners and families - followed by the popular half marathon (55km and 1,900m of climbing). If you are looking for more of a challenge there is the 70km long middle distance (2,350m of climbing) or the ultimate choice of a full marathon (80km, 2,900m of climbing).


The Ruthin course heads out onto the Clwydian Hills, is a varied course using all the best there is to ride in the area. Fast flowing single-tracks 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.


To find out more about the upcoming round in Ruthin round (17-18th September 2011) look here


Entries are available on the day, but there is a £ 5 surcharge if you enter on site on the Friday, Saturday or Sunday of the event weekend and if are interested in riding both events than you can save even more by booking the 'weekend pass' which gives you the ELBNO night marathon and the day marathon for a reduced price of £ 47.


Time Table for the weekend

•             Registration - Saturday from 12pm (noon) - 8pm

•             Start ELBNO – Saturday approx. 7.30pm

•             Registration - Sunday from 7 - 9am

•             Start – Sunday 10am


Directions / event location

The event village, the camping and the start/finish of the sportive as well as the MTB marathon is based at the Rugby Club in Ruthin. The event will be signposted from Friday lunchtime onwards. It doesn’t matter where you are coming from, as you will easily find your way to the event village. The event will be open from Friday afternoon until Monday morning. For the GPS users out there the postcode is LL15 2AA. If you are still looking for a B+B or a Hotel please find the details for the local Tourist Information on our Local Info page.



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