Chain Reaction Cycles MTB Marathon Series 2012


The last two years set examples for the first event of the year which were difficult to follow and with the first event falling onto the Easter weekend, there was a certain amount of uncertainty going around the MTB-Marathon office how the season starter would work out in 2012!


Chain Reaction Cycles MTB Marathon Series 2012


Luckily though the weather managed to play ball (at least to a certain degree) and the riders still came in huge numbers to the opener of the Chain Reaction Cycles MTB Marathon Series 2012 powered by Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport.


Almost 1200 riders made it to Builth Wells to test their night or day riding skills on the four courses on offer.


The event village opened at the usual time with a broad spread of exhibition and trade stands offering their services to the arriving crowds.  With darkness setting in slowly everybody lined up to get any last minute instructions and at around 7.45pm the Exposure Lights Big Night Out finally got on the road. Almost 250 riders made their way onto the specifically designed night marathon course in the hills surrounding Builth Wells. Even with the temperatures being more April like (contrary to the last 2 years) the conditions out on course were super-fast , in fact the first rider made it back into the event village in 2 hours and 4 minutes, picking up the ELBNO T-shirt while the last rider took 4 hours and 25 minutes to complete the course.


At the slightly later start time of 10.30am (to give the night riders a little more recovery time) almost 900 riders lined up to tackle one of the three single track packed courses on offer. Even with the strong winter keeping riders from getting their ‘spring legs’ in time for the event, the long distance remained the most popular of the weekend. Due to the high calibre field and the super conditions out on course the approx. 70km long ‘middle marathon’ was completed in just 3 hours and 5 minutes, with the last rider crossing the line to pick up the well deserved event T-shirt after 6hours and 49minutes.


The first event was a great showcase of what the Chain Reaction Cycles MTB Marathon Series 2012 powered by Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport will be all about in. If you couldn’t make it to the April round don’t worry as the upcoming months have lots more new and great stuff up their sleeves. Here a quick reminder when and where the next few events will take place.


Selkirk – Scotland

 19th May 2012 – Vitus Road Sportive
20th May 2012 – Chain Reaction Cycles MTB Marathon – & UK Marathon Championships


Marshbrook - England (Shropshire)
14th July 2012 - Vitus Road Sportive
15th July 2012 – Chain Reaction Cycles MTB Marathon


Abergavenny – Wales
4th August 2012 – Chain Reaction Cycles MTB Marathon
5th August 2012 - Vitus Road Sportive
(Please note that the MTB Marathon is running on Saturday!)


Ruthin – Wales
15th September 2012 - Vitus Road Sportive & Exposure Light Big Night Out (Night Marathon)
16th September 2012 – Chain Reaction Cycles MTB Marathon


To find out more about the various locations go to the events page of the MTB-Marathon site and if you want to find out more about the Vitus Road Spotives powered by CycleOps Power then please go to our Vitus sportive site.


As always we had our event photographer Jon Brooke out on course taking pics of the best locations and pretty much all the riders going by. Check out Jon’s website here where you can find your photos to view and to buy.


On top of that we had a dedicated video team with us over the weekend who put a great video of the event together here


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