Hundreds of riders battle through the weather for another stage of this year’s Series – taking on the best of the riding in Shropshire.
The third round of the CRC MTB Marathon Series took place over the weekend in Marshbook, Shropshire, with the rain threatening to do its worst. Luckily for us there are some hardy riders in the UK, and hundreds turned out for another great weekend of road and mountain bike riding.
Here’s the weekend’s race report from Events Manager Grant Norris:
“What is it with this weather? Last year the Marshbrook round of the CRC MTB Marathon Series was one of the best weekends of the year. It was proper summer weather and the event was the biggest in the Series. So I was looking forward immensely to a repeat – even though I knew there was going to be some rain, the forecast assured that the main event on the Sunday would again be bathed in sunshine, and to be fair it was. However, Friday and Saturday took place in some of the most testing conditions.
We arrived on Friday and the rain was constant, we set up and soon after went back to the hotel to get dry with a 6am start on Friday for the Vitus Sportive. The rain continued all night and as we arrived on site we were informed that two major roads were closed due to flash flooding.
The event site resembled a quagmire, more like the ground at a festival after a downpour rather than a quiet little field adjoining a pub in the beautiful county of Shropshire.
We had quite a few no shows, which is hardly surprising but sign on was busy and over 100 riders made it to the start line and then off into the amazing countryside around Marshbrook.
The rain continued on and off adding to the massive puddles on site. Was Sunday going to suffer the same fate as Saturday, leaving the ride with only half of those signed up actually making it? By 8pm only 140 had signed on and were enjoying the pasta party care of the Station Hotel who stepped in at the last moment due to the caterers also not making the event.
Well, Sunday came and if there was ever a world record for signing on a mass of riders in a very short amount of time it would surely have been broken. Mike and his team were flat out as 800+ riders showed up ready to go and ride the three routes of the MTB Marathon Series round three.
The forecast was right and the sun did get its hat on and joined us for most of the day and the riding was challenging but rewarding. After all, these conditions are really par for the course in 2012 and if you don’t go out and ride in it, well, you just don’t ride.
So well done to all and here is hoping that as promised August is the start of Summer 2012.
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