Look Back at April
First and foremost, apologies for being a wee bit later than normal. April has been a busy busy month for us here at No Fuss towers. Go get yerself a wee cuppa or a beer read on and enjoy!
First of all was our sojourn to the North East and round 2 of the POC Scottish Enduro Series. It was a belter, great stages, great racing and an enduro venue with a massive amount of potential for the future. You can read the race report here and watch the event video here. More about the Scottish Enduro Series later.
10 under the Ben
Next up was 10 Under the Ben, #originalandbest, the mountain bike race where fun, friendship, craic and banter are free. We are delighted to report that it was in fact (as billed) a midge free event. We had made a few tweaks to the event for 2017, the ever increasing number of solo riders saw the introduction of a solo transition area where solo riders were able to get to the pit area trackside proved to be very successful, after some initial confusion. (That’s what happens when you change things). The course for 2017 was very well received a balanced mixture of trails and challenges to keep riders interested all the way round the 10mile lap. DJ Skimbo was on course bangin out some great tunes, the return of Dancing Lady was widely appreciated.
There are so many people involved in making 10 Under the Ben the best endurance event of its type, and it is always impossible to thank everyone, we would like to take this opportunity to say a huge Big THANK YOU to;
Jonathan Meres, Jonathan is the man behind the mic, the guy who keeps the day going, he keeps every one up to date with results, reuniting lost property, what is happening next and of course the great banter.
Red Bull and their team for their support, Disco Truck, rider relaxation area and of course hydration.
2 Pure for sorting us out with prizes and finally and most importantly thanks everyone who took part.
Muddy Medics for keeping you all going. Administering stiches, plasters, cream and cuddles as required!
Dancing Lady and DJ Skimbo
Full results are here.
The provisional date for 10 Under the Ben 2018 is Saturday the 28th of April. Make sure it’s in your diary and we look forward to another great day out. In the meantime get signed up for the Tour De Ben Nevis, you know you want to.
Saturday the 6th of May and it was #massstartaction aka Macavalanche. This really is a special kind of day, already we are hearing that this could perhaps be the race of the year? No arguments from us it will be hard to beat.
For those who were not there, we are sorry, you missed out, it was absolutely flippen amazing. Mother nature delivered the goods, for the second consecutive weekend, the Outdoor Capital of the UK did not disappoint. Throw in the ingredients, brilliant sunshine, low winds, scenery, rugged mountain landscapes and just short of 300 wonderful riders ready to take on the unique challenge that this race presents. You can read the full race report here and here, look out for the event video next week.
Plans are already afoot for 2018, the first Saturday in May. Once again a very special thanks to the team at Glencoe Mountain Resort for all of their assistance and support to make this event happen.
Next event on the calendar is the NEW Dunoon Triathlon, based on the winning formula of the Wee Triathlon this is the perfect start to the season for the seasoned multi-sporters or if you are thinking of sticking your toe into the world of triathlon then this is the event for you. The event headquarters will be on the iconic Dunoon Pier. The swim (400m) will take place Argyll Holiday’s Hunter Quay Resort you can get full event details here.
Dunoon is just over an hour from the centre Glasgow and just over two hours from Edinburgh. Please remember to book your ferry in advance to be the most cost effective.
poc Scottish enduro Series
Standard Scottish Enduro Series warning to follow.
Entries are filling fast, do not be disappointed!
The series returns to Dunoon for the second year, what should riders expect? It was big hitter of a round in 2016, the first race to introduce a prologue stage on the Saturday evening, no purpose built trail centre trails and a destination keen to learn about enduro.
For 2017 we will again see the already iconic prologue stage with riders riding in category groups, with category series leader running last to add to the intensity, this is going to be one hell of an exciting start to round 3. There is pretty close racing in all the categories in 2017 and as we approach the season mid-point there is still everything to play for. The stages in Dunoon embrace a variety of different terrains on the hills behind the town, providing riders with some of the most spectacular vistas Scotland has to offer, for 2017 we will be introducing some previously unraced stages as well as mix of the trails used in 2016.
Get yersel doon the water for this wan its goin to be a stoater! Watch last years video
LOWEPRO ENDURANCE DOWNHILL
This event has to be billed as the most extreme downhill mountain biking endurance race in the UK, The Lowepro Downhill Endurance will be staged on the internationally renowned downhill track at Nevis Range near Fort William - home to the 2007 Mountain Bike World Championships and the UK leg of the Mountain Bike World Cup. As one of the longest and most physically demanding courses on the international mountain bike race circuit, riders of this full-on, flat-out, no-compromise charge down the face of Aonach Mor, in the heart of the Outdoor Capital of the UK, will need physical strength, quick reflexes, superb bike control and an unerring eye for the right line as they tackle the 2.82km track as many times as possible in six hours!
Bucket loads of stamina are also required as a succession of big jumps and bumps, berms, drop-offs, rock slabs and technical natural sections provide plenty of challenges for the riders, all the way from the top gondola station (at 655m) to the magnificent finish section above the Nevis Range car park (100m).
Riders who registered an interest when the event was announced are being encouraged to sign up quickly. Remember registering an interest does not count as an entry and only those on the entry list are entitled to race!
2017 sees WEMBO return to Finale, Italy this month. When WEMBO was created in 2011 its vision was to bring the world’s mountain bikers together in annual events held in different places around the world to meet riders needs and ensure that Solo 24 Hour racing continued at the highest possible level. WEMBO now returns to the place where it all began, Finale Ligure, to hold the 6th World Championships event. Since that first race in 2012, 882 riders from 36 different countries have ridden with the world’s best in Italy, Australia, Scotland, the USA and New Zealand and this year 4 new countries will be added to that list as we welcome riders from Liechtenstein, Monaco, Slovenia and Sweden. WEMBO 2017 is set to be the biggest WEMBO yet, with well over 300 riders entered from 27 countries.
No Fuss Events would like to wish all riders taking part all the very best! We are super excited about welcoming WEMBO back to Fort William in 2018. We look forward to welcoming riders to Relentless 24 later in the year, perhaps to have a look at what we have in store for 2018?
Do you even Ultra Bro? It seems to be the question on every runner’s lips. Along with its legendary mountain bike sister event (The Tour de Ben Nevis) the Marathon de Ben Nevis is back in the calendar for early October. The event is a tough 64KM journey of discovery, about enjoying and experiencing our wonderful environment and about finding out about yourself. It is an opportunity to travel through some of the most rugged and isolated areas that the Scottish Highlands has to offer. The course is undulating and varied with river and stream crossings, sustained climbs, long descents and soul searching splendid isolation. Full event details are here.
Alternatively how about the Cowal Way Chase? Brand new for 2017 there is an option of Gravel Bike Race or Cowal Way Chase Ultra run, a 50km route to challenge the toughest and most seasoned of athletes, and a great distance for those just getting into longer distance running and looking for a more relaxed day out there is a relay option. Event details are here.
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