For those of you who havent ridden the series before, rather than giving out the prizes to the fastest riders (Winners in each category get a jersey and top 3 get trophies) we feel that everyone deserves to get the chance of winning a prize. Every rider/marshal and helper will get a free ice cream after their race has finished (just hand in your helmet tag) even if you dont want an ice cream hand in your helmet tag because they will be used as your draw ticket. You have a chance to win one of the prizes below.
Thanks to the support of Squirt Cycling Products who have given us lots of products from across their range, traversbikes.com (me...I distribute NEXTIE, Garbaruk Bike Components and kLite.com.au in the UK)
List of prizes, Set of Nextie 29er carbon rims, Squirt lube, sealant etc, Travers bobble hat, bottles etc, Garbaruk 10-50 XD cassette, kLite dynamo and light.
Epic Custom Kit are supporting the Travers MTB Series again and supplying the winners jerseys for the Mens Elite, L1, L2, Womens Elite, L1 and Male/Female Youth and Juvenile categories. They look stunning, the colours are really vibrant, quality bit of kit! If you are looking for your club/teams jerseys for next season or have a sponsored ride or event to do give Darren a call.
The winners t-shirts have arrived for the winners of the Under 7/9/12 male and female categories. Thanks to our sponsors Nextie, Epic Orange, Datalynx, Parenesis and Squirt lube.
Everyone should now have received their race info for round 1, if not you can download it from the link below, see you Sunday!
Quick Update: League 1 Mens Round 1 is now full and the Elite, L2 have 2 spots left. Fantastic entry numbers for the women's race with 8 in the Elite and 18 in L1 (round 1)!
There are still places left in the other rounds if you enter individual rounds but the series entry is now closed for Mens L1.
We have created a new path around the outside of the woods on the far side and as you can see the wildlife have already started to use it and bed the trail in nicely for us. Also as you can see from the recent storms there are a number of trees down that we will clear over the next couple of weeks.
The new Finishers Medal for the Under 7,9,12s
Each round you will add a new element until (hopefully) they are all full!
The medals are made from 89% recycled PETg material and I know some of the riders slept in theirs last year so I have added a element to the ribbon that will easily pull apart.
I have created a poster to promote the U7,9,12s race. It would be great if people could help get these put up in schools, shops etc in the local area. Thanks
Thanks to our sponsors of the Travers MTB Series here is a snake peak at the new Series Winners Jersey.
Just 2 1/2 months to go and the races are filling up quickly. Some of the mens categories are approaching full! so dont leave it to the last moment (none of last years top 3 have entered!)
Its amazing to see 21 riders in the adult female categories! it should be a very competitive series.
The U12/9/7 races are also filling up with 21 riders in the U12 alone. In the next week I will release the new finishers medal and a promotional poster for anyone who wants to help promote the kids series in youth clubs schools etc.
Big shout out to Parenesis Ltd. and DataLynx Limited for their sponsorship allowing us to continue offering the free U12/9/7 races in 2022
Datalynx Ltd and Parenesis Ltd have sponsored this series of grass roots Mountain Biking events for the past two times of running. The series focus on providing opportunities for riders of vastly different abilities and ages and with separate races being staged for women and men offering complete parity in prizes.
For me, I cycle for fun and to maintain fitness primarily so personal participation in competition is not my main motivation. I did start a cycle team, but that was a vehicle to get more women involved in the sport and at the same time promote the work of some UK charities; Prostate Cancer UK, Breast Cancer Awareness and Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia Support Association. I have known Mike Travers, the owner of Travers bikes and the organiser of this series of events for about 8 years now, and when he explained to me his concept of racing based on ability to encourage people who perhaps wouldn’t ordinarily take part in races, I felt it matched the aims of what I was trying to achieve with the team well. Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions at the beginning of the series this year, and lack of availability of our team members due to other race commitments, there wasn’t anyone who could regularly help me promote the series by participation for every round. We did have two riders from our team take part in some rounds Sandra Mackay and Barry Macdonald and they are far better riders than me and very focussed on racing. So, I felt that I should put my body where my money and mouth were already, and decided to take part myself. This was extremely daunting for me, I have been training quite hard on an indoor trainer throughout Covid, mostly to stay fit both physically and mentally, but the last time I’d been out on a mountain bike was about 3 years ago (once only) and before that about 8 years ago and never competitively. I would rate my ability on a mountain bike as being very basic, I have/had no technical skills whatsoever. I am self-employed, so can’t afford to be injured and I am basically scared of crashing. Due to Covid, work has dried up for me so the former was less of a concern but I am still basically a ‘scaredy cat’.
The first round was fast approaching and my anxiety levels were sky rocketing, but I took part, got round and didn’t crash. The conditions were pretty much perfect though and it was a race that favoured fitness over technical ability. I placed third in my league and was somewhat dumbstruck. I enjoyed the friendly and supportive nature of the competitors, organisers and helpers of the event, it was totally different from the road cycling racing I’d experienced on the few races I’d done before. What was especially encouraging was the number of parents willing to take the kids to take part and support them in their races. The sponsorship monies that Datalynx and Parenesis gave, was used to give all the under 12s and under 9s free entry to each of the five rounds. What a fabulous way for young riders to experience a competitive event with electronic chip timing and with medals and prizes just like the professionals they’ve seen on TV. To hear them afterwards reliving every turn and pedal stroke was really heart-warming. This reaffirmed my belief, that the availability of any grass roots sport is essential to for the health and wellbeing of our future generations.
So, the series went on, and I took part in each and every one, I had deliberately paid for the whole series up front to give me fewer reasons not to take part. Before every round I felt feelings of anxiety about not wanting to get in other riders’ way, about crashing and about not being good enough, in hindsight I should probably bought shares in Imodium. After each hard hour and a bit of racing, I loved the esprit de corps and the virtual back slapping, and because of the way that Mike Travers had set the series up, it felt like there was something to play for every participant, in every one of the leagues. In reality, my skill level was my main limitation and as we experienced rounds with increasing difficulties and less than perfect weather conditions, that became very evident. I crashed albeit not badly in three rounds which was frustrating and embarrassing and added a bit to my feeling of not being good enough. However, as my rivals were quick to point out, I was new to the sport and they were crashing too, which made me feel a lot better. My lowest point was after round four where I felt I just didn’t have the knowledge or skill to tackle the technical parts and so I sought help. In between rounds four and five, I had two one-hour mountain bike skill lessons with Travers rider and British Cycling coach Kev Darragh, where we went right back to basics. The difference in my confidence in my ability between round four and five was dramatic. I felt better equipped to do some of the more challenging features of the course which by round five was longer and more technically difficult. Although I was happy to finish, I was already working out how I could improve for next year. Even more exciting than the feeling of finishing 5th in my league of about 20 riders, was the fact that there was free ice cream for all of the competitors and helpers and there were sprinkles and a chocolate flake!
It was a superb series of events and I would encourage you to come along next year. If you don’t fancy racing, come along and cheer, it is a lovely venue, a woods on private property, and the bluebells in the early rounds were wondrous, as was the sound of the woodpeckers getting lunch.
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