Tuesday, 20 October 2009
Despite the success – we appreciate there is plenty of room for improvement and again the event organisers would like to apologies for the timing issues we had at Langdon Hills. We take the matter of timing very seriously and we are already in negotiations with a number of professional timing contractors for next years series.
With regards to next year - it was mentioned at the last event that the event organisers were attempting to pull together a winter series. Unfortunately despite the team’s best efforts this was not possible. However – we are working hard to develop the series for 2010 - with a number of additional courses and formats! So watch this space as all will be revealed in the New Year…
Have a great winter and look forward to seeing you again in 2010!!!
Thursday, 15 October 2009
Wednesday, 30 September 2009
Monday, 28 September 2009
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
As it stands – the current situation is this:
Tuesday: Provisional Langdon Hills results published on MSG website and await feedback from riders.
Wednesday: Finalise Langdon Hills results
Thursday - Develop Series / League Standings
Monday: Publish Series and League Standings (we hope to get them online before Monday but we cannot guarantee this as they need to be reviewed by third parties).
With the results announced and finalised the Series Director will coordinate the Langdon Hills, MSG Series and Eastern Region MTB League podium as promised where £400 worth of Herongate Cycles vouchers will be presented to the Langdon Hills winners, £1000 worth of Danbury Cycles vouchers will be presented to the series winners and trophies presented to winners of the Eastern Region MTB League. Photos and press releases from the podiums will also be published on the website.
To reiterate - we take the responsibility of timing very seriously and are working hard to rectify the current situation and taking proactive steps towards ensuring the timing issues riders have faced are not continued at future events. We hope that despite this however– you had a positive riding experience at Langdon Hills and are keen to continue to support the Series.
Thursday, 17 September 2009
Some riders have expressed concern that the 40min, 1hr and 2hr categories will be starting together at 2pm. The event organisers are confident that the course will be able to cope with the mass start and if necessary will stagger the start to prevent congestion. The series contenders will also be brought to the front of the pack.
Please note that there was a small typo in the orginal pre event pack sent out to pre-registered riders. The brieifing for the 1hr race will be at the same time as the 40mins and 2hr @ 1.50pm.
Look forward to seeing you this weekend,
Friday, 11 September 2009
Please see the action packed itinerary below...
10:00 to 12:00 -Family Activity Trail
A family bike ride with a difference. Follow a route through the woods and find the hidden bases where you can attempt a number of creative and challenging tasks set by members of Thameside Sea scouts. Prizes for all children who complete at least one task. Entry fee is £3 per child with accompanying adults taking part for free. All proceeds go to support the Seascouts.
10.00 to close - Four Cross Demonstration / Have a go!
At this years Langdon hills event the Essex mountain bike community will be introduced to the world of Fourcross. This 'ultimate off-road experience' is perfect for anybody who would like nothing more than to throw themselves down steep, muddy tracks on four wheels! Demonstrations and have a go sessions will start from 10am - so get down early and get involved with the 'rough riders'!
11:30 to 12:30 - Hill Climb Challenge.
A chance to tackle the notorious climb to the summit of One Tree Hill. It may be less than 400 yards but the lactate will really kick in after about halfway and it's all pain from there. Have as many attempts as you like at just £1 a go and see if you can win the prize for the most powerful rider.
ESSEX MTB ENDURO: MUD SWEAT AND GEARS
As with every event in the series, Langdon Hills promises to provide you with something different. With a scenic combination of woodland, open fields, forest paths and single track your fitness will be tested by a number of lung busting climbs and fast technical descents. To check out the course please click here...
13.00 - 13.20 - Under 12s Mud Sweat and Gears Event / Podium
14.00 - 16.00 - 40mins, 1hr and 2hr Mud Sweat and Gears Events
16.30 - 17.00 - Podiums
See you on Sunday 20th September!
Wednesday, 2 September 2009
Click here to download the current series standings (Danbury Outdoors and Codham Park).
Look forward to seeing you at Langdon Hills on Sunday 20th Septemer for the last race in the summer series!
Monday, 10 August 2009
Wednesday, 5 August 2009
See you there...
The price for on the day entries will be... (20mins / £5) - (40mins / £10) - (1hr / 2hr - £20). Please bring cash or cheques (made payable to ‘Essex County Council’).
Wednesday, 29 July 2009
Be warned - we have only covered half of the course - ensuring the suspense is maintained - for the great unveiling of what has been described as the future 'mecca' of cycling in the Eastern Region!
Wednesday, 22 July 2009
Tuesday, 21 July 2009
Wednesday, 15 July 2009
The price for on the day entries will be...
- 20mins / £5
– 40mins / £10
– 1hr / £20
- 2hr / £20
Please bring cash or cheques (made payable to ‘Essex County Council’).
Look forward to seeing you this weekend...
Monday, 13 July 2009
Wednesday, 8 July 2009
Tuesday, 30 June 2009
Monday, 22 June 2009
After an absence of many years, the Eastern Region is once again going to have its own series of MTB races in 2009. Although there have been the hugely successful Thetford and Beastway series and assorted standalone events at Langdon Hills, Danbury and Letchworth, these four new and incorporated events are a welcome addition to the riding options in the area.
To celebrate the countdown – the league organisers invited Billy Whenman, one of Great Britain’s top 2012 hopefuls to Essex to have a sneak preview of the first event in the league – Danbury Outdoors, 19th July, Chelmsford, Mud Sweat and Gears.
1. So Billy – lets get straight to the point – what did you think of the Danbury course?
I must admit I was surprised! The course covers a large area – offering a great mix of open and single track – which flows really well – creating a very fast and unrelenting course!
2. How does the course compare to other XC courses?
Really well! It is certainly on up there with the best - bringing something different and unique to the calendar!
3. What part of the course did you find most challenging?
All of it – it’s relentless with no let up!
4. If you were to give riders one tip for the Danbury course – what would it be?
Travel down to the night before – ride the course and take advantage of the over night camping – then blast out a record time on race day!
5. You ride both road and MTB – how do you find the transfer between the two disciplines?
I train 6 days a week – 3 days on the mountain bike and 3 the road bike – this means I can jump from one to the other easily. Road cycling helps my mountain biking, developing my endurance whilst mountain biking helps my road cycling, building up power. Importantly, the variation keeps things interesting!
6. How helpful are regional leagues in the progression riders from the grassroots to the national stage?
Massively! First and full most - it provides everyone with an opportunity enjoy the sport, experience racing and develop as riders. From there – it enables riders to gain points and enter the national leagues – and potentially go professional.
What’s particularly interesting about the ERMBL however is that we could have someone completely unknown compete in this year’s league, and potentially represent Great Britain at Hadleigh, Essex in London 2012!
7. What advice would you give riders who are competing in the league for the first time?
Take a ride around the course before you start, practicing certain areas which are challenging. Try not to focus on the league – but the job in hand and most importantly – don’t get carried away – you only win by enjoying it!
8. Lastly but most importantly - will you be competing in this year’s league?
I am defiantly racing two of the four races – awaiting confirmation from my sponsors if I am available to race in all four races. Bring it on!
BBC Coverage of the Preview
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
Fourcross is an ideal sport for both able bodied and disabled people who have a lust for real excitement! These unique new mountain bikes make the excitement of riding downhill mountain bike trails truly accessible for all. Four wheel mountain bikes are used largely but not exclusively by disabled riders. They cater for persons of all ages with varying disabilities (with a bit of bespoking). In order to be able to control the bikes users need to have use of the arms and hands. The bikes are primarily designed to use on downhill trails.
In partnership with sportessex, Rough Riderz, Trailnet and Danbury Cycles the Langdon Hills Mud, Sweat & Gears event will host a demonstration of Fourcross. Not only will you be able to see this sport up close, but also try out the bikes (subject to the bike fitting you appropriately) and find out more about the sport, riders and how you can get involved.
Off the back of this promotion, the series organisers are working hard to include Four Cross as a race category in next year’s series and looking in particular into the issues over access to fourcross bikes – so watch this space!
If you would like more information or register your interest please contact Alistair on 01245 702485, firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, 15 June 2009
To take advantage of this offer simply log on to http://www.mudsweatgears.co.uk/ and when entering your payment details type ‘bikeweek’ within the promotional code section.
Tuesday, 9 June 2009
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
The Essex MTB Enduro series will be using the latest in timing systems. The 'Race Timing Systems' are modular allowing for participants to receive times per lap as well as overal time against laps completed. To find out more log onto... http://www.racetimingsystems.com/
Tuesday, 26 May 2009
Saturday, 2 May 2009
Danbury Cycles: Official sponsor of Danbury Outdoors
Chelmer Cycles: Official sponsor of Codham Park
Herongate Cycles: Official sponsor of Herongate Cycles
Sponsors will be offering £300 worth of prizes to category winners. All three sponsors will be present at all three events, supporting their riders and showing off their latest in MTB gear!