Dark Peak MTB Marathon

20th November 2011  |  Chapel en le Frith

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The challenge is to have a go at riding the route you have chosen to do in the time allowed, there is a choice of distances either 45km or 60km. SPORTident timing will be used and you will need to punch control points on your ride to register that you have completed the fixed route in full. You will be provided with a basic route map and route description at registration plus parts of the route may be arrowed or taped and marshalled (but this is not guaranteed so the ability to navigate using an OS map is important); there will time cut off points on each route after which you will not be allowed to continue. These cut off times will be detailed in the information given to you at registration. Both routes will offer as much hilly/off-road riding as possible and will be a mix of all manner of designated rights of way with road/lane links in between. There will be a at least one marshalled control/drinks station on each course. The prescribed course time limits will be challenging but certainly not impossible.

Control sites will be identified by bright coloured tape on an obvious feature to which a SPORTident scoring box will be attached. "Dib" in the SPORTident box at the start, finish, all controls visited and THE DOWNLOAD BOX at the end! You must use a SPORTident dibber to take part in this event. You may use your own dibber if you have one (please fill in its number on the entry form). Alternatively we will rent you one automatically. You will need to present your dibber to any marshal on demand i.e. no dibber = no entry!!

You need to join the BMBO (British Mountain Bike Orienteering) to ride. This is FREE to join as an associate member and you will pay �2 per event as an administration fee. All riders MUST either be a full or associate of the BMBO, visit the website for more details.

Opens at 7.15am and you can start riding anytime between 8.00 & 9.00am.

The Start/Finish
You can start anytime you wish between 8.00am & 9.00am; you will be advised of the course closing times when you receive your route map/descriptions. Hot drinks, orange juice and biscuits will be available at the finish.

The following are compulsory for this event:
A roadworthy bike,
Helmet (ANSI or BSI only - not climbing, caving or canoeing types),
Relevant map (supplied),
First aid kit,
Money for phone calls or a mobile phone,
Substantial clothing including quality waterproofs
Spot checks may be carried out to ensure you comply with these requirements. You should also bring food/drink sufficient for the duration of the event.

Prizes/Class Awards
There will be overall results for each course with Gold, Silver or Bronze time bands depending on the time you finish in (these time bands will be advised at registration). Specially commissioned certificates will be given to all finishers appropriate to their finishing times. There will be loads of random spot prizes handed out after the event from Buff, Squirt, Purple Harry's and Clif Bar.


Chapel en le Frith
The Leisure Centre, Long Lane, Chapel-en-le-Frith, North Derbyshire, SK23 0TQ

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