Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Tunstall: Pre Event Information

- Online registration is now closed for Tunstall Forest. On the day entries will be available, but with 100s of riders already signed up and numbers strictly capped we strongly recommend that you arrive at the opening of registration for your chosen race as a first come first serve will be implemented.The price for on the day entries will be: £5 Grommets, £15 for Challengers and £25 for Warriors / Racers. Payment will be by cash or cheque.

- To find out the specific location and other pre event information click here

- To find out who has pre-registered for Tunstall click here

Look forward to seeing you this Sunday,

MSG Team

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Tunstall Camping

We have been asked by several riders if camping is available. Unfortunately camping is not available on site - however there are several local campsites. We have phone round a few - and they are looking v busy - but there appears to be availability @ Gralyns Caravan Park / 01394 420728

MSG Team

Monday, 26 April 2010

Online registration for Tunstall is closing this Wednesday!

If you keen to race next weekend we strongly suggest you register online before 9.00am this Wednesday, as we already have over 200 riders pre-registered and on the day registrations are not guaranteed (and will be significantly more expensive).

The specific location of the Tunstall course and further pre event information will be sent out to all riders this Weds also.

We look forward to seeing you this weekend,

MSG Team

Monday, 19 April 2010

Tunstall: Places filling fast...

Places are filling up fast for the opening round! Please sign up soon to avoid disappointment...

Look forward to seeing you soon,

MSG Team!

Monday, 12 April 2010

Tunstall Forest Preview!

The wait is nearly over. We are now three weeks away from the start of the new look Mud Sweat and Gears: Eastern Region MTB Series. With the courses set, the sponsors confirmed and riders signing up in their droves – the stage is now set an epic summer of racing! To celebrate the countdown – the TROGs aka 'Tunstall and Rendalsham Off Road Group', have provided us with a sneak preview of their brand new course in Tunstall Forest which will stage Round 1 of the 2010 Series.

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Technical Considerations

First and full most, Mud Sweat and Gears has been designed to be fun for all, and by no means should riders worry themselves with the below information, as it will all be managed on the day by the Race Director and British Cycling. But for those who will be taking their racing seriously, a comprehensive guide has been developed below:


To start each race the officials will call all ‘challenges’, ‘warriors’ or ‘racers’ to the start area. They will then call up each category at a time – gridding (from round 2 onwards) the top 16 series contenders at the front. From there the category will then start the race on mass.

If there are fewer than 5 individuals in any category they may be combined with the alternate male/female category.

Given the fun theme to the grommets race there will be no gridding and both male/female categories will start together on mass.


Riders will race for a predetermined number of laps (notified on the day) with the winners being those who complete their designated laps in the quickest time. When the first rider has completed all the predetermined laps for their category, all riders of that category will be asked to finish at the end of their current lap.

Series Placings

Series points will be awarded to the top 50 riders in each category for each race. The top three in each category at each event will be awarded shop vouchers. The top three in each category for the Series will receive Mud Sweat and Gears: Eastern Region MTB League trophies. Final series rankings will be based on a rider’s best 4 events.

British Cycling Rankings

As far as our races are concerned we have kept our categories simple. However, we understand that some of you are interested in British Cycling ranking points for your specific BC category and we want to help you get these. All entrants holding a racing licence placing in the top 15 (Regional A level) of their respective BC categories in the Racer race will therefore gain BC ranking points (we send off the results to BC and they do the rest).

For round 4 – Codham Park we have managed to get Regional Championship status thus meaning that ranking points will go down to 40th place and first place will receive 60 points (double that of the other rounds).

A racing licence is not compulsory but is necessary to gain British Cycling ranking points. To see the benefits of becoming a British Cycling member including the option of purchasing a racing licence go to