Living on the edge of the Peak District, I have a plethora of great trails at my disposal. In fact, with the bridleways and old railway lines of Nottingham, to the gritty outcrops of the Dark Peak and the Limestone landscape of the White Peak, I think I have it pretty darn good when it comes to riding.
So, it was with a certain amount of scepticism that I signed up for Round 2 of the Scott MTB Marathon Series in Wantage Oxfordshire, surely there can’t be any good riding down there… can there?
The Scott MTB Marathon Series are single loop off-road rides held throughout the year at venues across the country. With 3 route options (mini 25km, half 60km, full 80km), it caters for all abilities of MTB rider.
The event started on Friday evening, so we headed down with the Alpkit pop-up shop for the weekend, with one eye on the stormy weather forecast. Saturday saw a steady trickle of people turn up to camp, but the rain and thunder seemed to have kept many riders at home weather watching for the time being.
They all turned up on Sunday morning though! 750 riders gathered at the start line: with pro racers, young children, and even a man carrying his dog in a rucksack needless to say there was a wide range of people and bikes.