Wentwood 50km Mountain Bike Event, Sunday 12th March 2017
I'm pleased to let you know that the Wentwood50 Goshawk Challenge is back for March 2017. Applications to the landowners are currently in-progress, so all being well - we'll be good to go as planned. Hopefully you're all rested up and looking forward to another Wentwood pre-season special.
Regarded by most as a tough ride, unforgiving and technically challenging in parts, the Wentwood 50km Goshawk Challenge is an early season mountain bike XC training event that will test every area of your mountain biking skills and fitness.
No change to the winning formula - a great 50km route for you
to enjoy, natural singletrack with a mix of fireroad and
(helps sort out the line-up) - with a split on the 50km
route for 25km
are looking for something a little less daunting, but please note that
there is also a cut-off time on the 50km route for riders who
not reach a designated point by a specified time.
at the start
to Penylan House, Pike Road, Llanvaches, South Wales, NP26
Park Opens at 07:30am on event day. Basic breakfast fare will be
10:30am, Sunday 12th March 2017
We’re not really geared up for happy campers, but if you’re in a pinch we can provide some limited spaces – just not the camping facilities such as water, etc., Hence any camping is by prior arrangement only
Online, the event is limited to only 300 entries.
£22.00 per rider registered before 31st December 2016
£28.00 per rider registered 1st January 2017 to 28th February 2017
Note: no on-the-day registratiion.
For those of you who have riden the Goshawk Challenge before, you know the script ...it's all about pain management. Each year we try to introduce some new mental and physical hurt into the route - athough some of you may be pleased to learn that for 2017 we've had to throttle back on the climbing a bit due to logging operations ...about a 100m or so. Regardless, as with previous years it will be a tough ride. For those of you training for the upcomming endurance season it promises to be a great workout.
You enter the event not the distance and this year we've reintroduced the middle distance, so you can opt to focus on the 25km, 35km or the full 50km route - just ride until your cooked ...happy days. Please be reminded that Wentwood Forest is largely natural track and can be subject to weather conditions, so if you don't like getting your bike dirty then this is probably not the event for you - rock up to one of the nearby trail centres instead.
As most of you already know, we use a coloured tag system to record the riders distance completed at the finish. Tags are given at varying points along the course, so if you want your distance recorded it's important that you collect your tag from the marshal when hailed to do so.
Please note that the route is subject to change and sections of the route cross private land which we only have permission to use on the day of the event. Hence the route will not be published, except as displayed at registration with private land highlighted.
Route Climbing: 1400m 1x feed & Water at 21km, 1x water station at 35km
35km Route Climbing: 1000m 1x feed & Water at 21km
25km Route Climbing: 700m 1x feed & Water at 21km
Of course the Wentwood50 Goshawk Challenge would not be possible without the strong support of local charities which we continue to donate proceeds to. In particular;
The Woodland Trust (and other landowners), without them there would be no Wentwood50 Goshawk Challenge. The route makes extensive use of their land and we are really fortunate for their support. We are priviledged to be able to host our event in such a fantastic setting.
The 1stWentwood Scout Group who volunteer their manpower to assist with the marshalling and loan of registration facilities, tents, tables, etc. They're a well run outfit and very supportive of the local community.