Three Counties MTB Marathon
The 17th annual edition of Dark & White’s now popular and well established Trailquest/MTB orienteering series. Taking place in the superb surroundings of the Peak District National Park with it’s brilliant network of bridleways, green lanes and quiet country lanes plus stunning scenery
44 - 62KM
New Event: Three Counties Mountain Bike Marathon – Buxton
A challenging mountain biking marathon event across the three counties of Derbyshire, Staffordshire & Cheshire with a choice of two routes: a 62km long route with 1600m ascent or a 44km shorter route with 1100m ascent. The biking terrain is predominantly high level/remote/moorland riding on a variety of tracks and trails in amongst quiet and scenic Peak District/Stafforshire Moorlands countryside – do not expect to see many other people out and about in this area in November! Riders will be required to self navigate the route using a full colour, bagged OS route map and route description provided at registration. A few “tricky” parts of the route will be arrowed to avoid any confusion – overall the ability to navigate using an OS map is important. The use of GPS devices is allowed. GPX files of the route will be made available to all entrants the week of the event.
Both routes promise some epic Peak District mountain bike riding via a mixture of designated rights of way linked together with short sections of road/lane in between.
There will be a Beat the Bonk marshalled control/feed station on each course.
SPORTident timing will be used and you will need to punch control points on your ride to register that you have completed the fixed route in full.
Control point sites will be marked on your route map and identified on the ground by bright coloured tape on an obvious feature to which a SPORTident scoring box will be attached. “Dib” in the SPORTident box at the start, finish, all controls visited and the download box at the end! You must use a SPORTident dibber to take part in this event. You may use your own dibber if you have one (please fill in its number when prompted when you enter). Alternatively we will rent you one automatically. You will need to present your dibber to any marshal on demand i.e. no dibber = no entry!!
Event Location: Harpur Hill Sports Centre (Team Derby Fitness Buxton), Trenchard Dr, Buxton, SK17 9JY