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Cycling - Mud and Mayhem at endurance event
11:00am Friday 29th June 2012 in Sport
MUD, glorious mud was the over-riding theme for this year’s Wiggle Mountain Mayhem 24-hour endurance mountain-biking event.
More than 3,000 competitors descended on Eastnor to take part in the round-theclock race, which follows a 10-kilometre course through the surrounding woods.
Heavy rain fell during the race and made conditions very difficult for the riders, but the participants remained unbowed and the popular event was a great success.
Local interest included team and solo riders from Malvern Cycle Sport, Worcester St John’s, Worcester Cycle Centre, Sevale and The Green Bike Company.
Alastair Howie, chairman of Malvern Cycle Sport, said: “We had five teams taking part as well as a few solo rides and the mud made the course very dificult, but everyone showed true British spirit to complete the event.
“I’ve been coming to Mountain Mayhem for four years and I’ve never seen anything like it was this year — it was taking the riders a lot longer to complete the course than normal, but we pushed on.”
Billed as the UK’s largest and most prestigious 24-hour race, Mountain Mayhem has occasionally been derided for having few mountains and little mayhem.
Not so this year, as heavy rain in the preceding weeks turned the grassy course into a muddy wallow under hundreds of tyres.
The Mayhem always attracts a wide variety of different types of racers and this year was no exception.
Team Scott and Hope Factory Racing were both fielding strong teams in the Expert Men’s category, against equally strong squads from Hargroves Cycles and the sponsors Wiggle Exposure.
Despite leading out the run, the RAF team was unable to hold onto their advantage and it was the familar kit of Scott, Hope and Hargroves who led the first lap.
As dawn arrived, Hope had a enough of a lead to ensure victory and there were no major surprises for the top teams in the final hours.
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