We are kick-starting this year with the return of Gorrick XC Spring Series. This is a four event open Cross Country Race Series held during January to April and is sponsored by yours truly! Everyone who participates has a chance to win one of our UK weekend Mountain Holidays and many other prizes – yay! This year Gorrick and their team celebrate 25 years of organising mountain bike events and we are more proud than ever to be working with them.
Here’s a little insight from our good friend and keen Gorrick rider, Natasha Litherland, who rode the first on this new Spring Series, a chance for you to see what you can expect on the day:
“Having not been able to race much for a few years as I have been studying, Area 51 was a new course for me – it was exciting to be there and it gave me the buzz I used to get when arriving at a new venue.
I am always inspired at a race – every rider there is a determined individual, whether they are there to win their category, beat a friend or just enjoy the ride – they all love this sport and are motivated to keep fit and healthy. At minus 4 degrees Celsius the ground was frozen solid which gave the riders a lot of fun on the twisty mud-free course that regularly double-backed on itself, and also made for great viewing. Riding around I was just grinning at the fact that I wouldn’t have to wash my bike when I got home.
Saddle Skedaddle headline sponsor these races and provide great prizes of their handpicked, top quality mountain bike weekends in the UK – one of which I won many years ago, and I have been a part of the Saddle Skedaddle team ever since then. The Gorrick team never fail to provide an excellent event for everyone involved – that is why we all come back.”
Photo by Kevin Sheldrake
Interested? Click here to head to Gorrick’s website, find out more and enter! No club membership or licence is required. You can enter either online (hello early bird!) or on the day.
The sun has got his hat on and there’s never been a better time to get out and enjoy blasting the trails on two wheels! If you’re eager to get out and enjoy the great outdoors, but not quite sure where to start, we recommend checking out the Gorrick MBC and its range of summer events.
First up is the Kawasaki G100 on Sunday 3 May – the first May Bank Holiday weekend – at Windmill Hill, Deepcut, Surrey, nearest postcode GU16 6TU. This is a well established, well loved personal challenge event. You choose how many laps of the 10 mile course you will do, and then you ride it as you want – fast, middle paced or steady. Every rider who completes their challenge will receive a finisher’s medal and those who are the fastest will also receive some superb prizes such as tickets to the British Moto Cross Grand Prix, courtesy of headline sponsor Kawasaki.
As well as the riding, there’ll be a whole range of extra activities on offer making this a really great day out for all to enjoy. This is a great race for beginners to try, with a 1 Lap Fun category for newcomers which starts at 10am. Full details about this event and online entry are here.
Can’t make this date? Why not also register for the Merida Summer Monkey which takes place on Sunday 14 June at Caesar’s Camp, Aldershot, Hants? Full details and online entry for this event are here. Or you can enter now for TORQ in your Sleep the 6/12hr riding event which takes place over the August Bank Holiday weekend (30 August) at Minley Manor, Hants GU17 9UF. Full details and online entry for this well established, well received iconic event are here.
Hope to see you at one of these courses through the Summer!
Looking to take on an enduro this summer? Why not get involved with the Merida Summer Monkey Enduro! With a cracking course, full facilities and large prize pool this is a great all round day out that promises to be a blast! Taking place on 14 June at Caesars Camp, Bourley Road, Aldershot, Hants GU11 1PZ. This years Summer Monkey endurance event is headline sponsored by Merida with support from MuleBar and Four4th Lights.
There are plenty of categories to enter, from fat bikes to kids fun rides, up to more professional and competitive solo categories. Fancy getting onvoled? Full details and online entry is open here. Entry is by pre-entry only, which will close by Tuesday 9 June or earlier if full.
To keep up-to-date, check out their Twitter and Facebook for regular event/course updates!
Can’t wait until summer? Check out the Gorrick Spring Series currently taking place!