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U.K. marathon series kicks off this weekend

By:
Rob Jones and Steve Medcroft
Published:
June 01, 2006, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 23:15 BST
Edition:
MTB News & racing round-up for June 1, 2006

Round one of the all new Trek national marathon series in conjunction with the MBR Big Weekend. For...

Round one of the all new Trek national marathon series in conjunction with the MBR Big Weekend. For the first time the best long distance riders in the country will be able to race head to head, completing four laps of 25km in England, Scotland and this weekend, Wales.

Margam Park plays host to the first gruelling 100km marathon which will include the killer climbs and bone shaking descents that gave Margam such a great reputation in 2005. Current marathon champ Nick Craig will be looking to add the series to his impressive string of results, but there will undoubtedly be some other elite’s looking to claim a share of the prize money.

Riders wanting an easier task have the choice of sampling 25 or 50k’s of pleasure and pain on a course which will have been extended from the previous day’s National Points XC Series following a course that couldn’t be more different than round one at Sherwood.

Expect to see Oli Beckingsale at the head of the elite field and a cracking atmosphere as 900 riders test their metal against the best in the country and enjoy the rocky descents.

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