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Wentwood 50km Mountain Bike Event, Sunday 13th March 2016
I'm pleased to let you know that the Wentwood50 Goshawk Challenge is back for March 2016 following last years sabbatical. Applications to the landowners are currently in-progress, so all being well - we'll be good to go as planned. Hopefully you're all rested up and looking forward to another Wentwood pre-season special.
Regarded by most as a tough ride, unforgiving and technically challenging in parts, the Wentwood 50km Goshawk Challenge is an early season mountain bike XC training event that will test every area of your mountain biking skills and fitness.
We're sticking with a winning formula - a great 50km route for you
to enjoy, natural singletrack with a mix of fireroad and
(helps sort out the line-up) - with a split on the 50km
route for 25km
are looking for something a little less daunting, but please note that
there is also a cut-off time on the 50km route for riders who
not reach a designated point by a specified time.
at the start
to Penylan House, Pike Road, Llanvaches, South Wales, NP26
Park Opens Sunday 13th March 07:30am. Basic breakfast fare will be
10:30am, Sunday 13th March 2016
We’re not really geared up for happy campers, but if you’re in a pinch we can provide some limited spaces – just not the camping facilities such as water, etc., Hence any camping is by prior arrangement only
Online, the event is limited to only 300 entries this year.
£22.00 per rider registered before 31st December 2015
£28.00 per rider registered 1st January 2016 to 28th February 2016
Note: no on-the-day registratiion available.
No t-shirt on offer this year guys.
those of you who have riden the Goshawk Challenge before, you know
the script ...it's all about pain management.
Each year we try to introduce some new mental and physical hurt into the route and you will be pleased to learn that for 2016 we've stuck to our roots, lots of them in fact. As with previous years it will be a tough ride. For those of you training for the upcomming endurance season it promises to be a great workout.
You enter the event not the distance, so you can opt to focus on the 25km route or the full 50km, just ride until your cooked ...happy days. Please be reminded that Wentwood Forest is largely natural track and can be subject to weather conditions, so if you don't like getting your bike dirty then this is probably not the event for you - rock up to one of the nearby trail centres instead.
We use a coloured tag system to record the riders distance completed at the finish. Tags are given at varying points along the course, so if you want your distance recorded it's important that you collect your tag from the marshal when hailed to do so.
Please note that the route is subject to change and sections of the route cross private land which we only have permission to use on the day of the event. Hence the route will not be published, except as displayed at registration with private land highlighted.
Route Climbing: 1550m Feed Stations: 1
25km Route Climbing: 850m Feed Stations: 1
|Here's something that we find helpful when deciding what tyres to run on the day - it's from Schwalbe, not that we're promoting Schwalbe mind you, but as a general principle for front and rear tyre choice it's a great summary. In short, NN is leftmost (Nobby Nic), RR is middle (Racing Ralph), and FF is rightmost (Furious Fred). We suggest you opt for 'rough' conditions.|