Focus will be on quality at Mayhem sportive as organisers look to build for the future

Organisers of next year's Mountain Mayhem sportive have released more details about the event which, as we reported a few weeks back, will be a part of next year's Original Source Mountain Mayhem festival. The first thing to note is that entry for the sportive is scheduled to open in the run up to Christmas and when it does rider numbers will be limited to 450 places.

The sportive ride takes places on 20 June and riders will have a choice of either 100Km or 50Km routes. Sportive riders will also get their own dedicated campsite – so you can be part of the festival atmosphere without being disturbed by all those rowdy mountain bikers taking part in the 24 hour race the night before you tackle the Malverns.

Organiser, Pat Adams has promised us there will be some challenging climbs on both routes but says the emphasis is on giving everyone taking part a good experience and the chance to sample the beauty of the Herefordshire countryside and the Malvern hills without beating themselves to a pulp. If you want a ride that's more along the lines of a classic French sportive then this could be the one for you, equally if you're looking to try a sportive for the first time or to get some friends out on a big ride the Mountain Mayhem Sportive should be a good introduction. And if you're feeling particularly hardcore you could even enter both the 24 hour mountain bike race as part of a team and the sportive.

Entry for the 100km road ride is £22 and every rider taking part gets a goody bag when they sign on with what Pat says will be £21 pounds worth of goodies inside, the cost of the 50Km sportive is likely to be substantially less. Mountain Mayhem has built its reputation on combining high quality facilities with good value for money and meticulous attention to detail and they intend to apply those same standards to their new sportive rides.

The festival itself is a massive affair attracting thousands of participants every year, road riders doing the sportive will be able to sample all of the festival's attractions and atmosphere in the main arena where manufacturers display there latest bikes and there are numerous food and refreshment stalls plus opportunities for a quick massage or to buy yourself some bike bits or enjoy the entertainment on offer on the main stage.

There will be attractions laid on specifically for road riders as well… you could make a weekend of it without even riding your bike. If you do want to get some extra pedalling in you can try some off-roading on one of the many demo bikes available to ride and there may well be some road bikes to try as well.

Bring the family too – that's what many mountain bikers do – it's a great opportunity for a weekend away in a great location with excellent camping facilities there's plenty to do for everyone including the kids and all the activities are free too.

Entry for the Original Source Mountain Mayhem sportive will open before Christmas and the word is that you will be able to enter on-line, as soon as the date is settled you will read about it first on road.cc. To find out more about the Original Source Mountain Mayhem Festival visit the festival website www.osmountainmayhem.co.uk.


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