British MTB Championship comes to Selkirk in May

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A national mountain bike race returns to the Royal Burgh on Saturday, May 10, over an 80km single lap course up the Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys.

British Cycling announced the 2014 British MTB Marathon Championships will be staged alongside the Selkirk MTB Marathon, organised by Selkirk-based Durty Events, on a course designed by local trailbuilder Pete Laing.

Durty Events’ Paul McGreal said: “We’re expecting the very best riders in the UK to come and test themselves on the very best single-lap course in the country.

“We believe we have the best trails the Scottish Borders has to offer and the most popular and challenging course in the UK, which is why Selkirk has been voted ‘Best MTB Marathon’ several times.”

The British MTB Championships are open to British citizens, aged 19 or older, who hold full racing licences. However, for non-licence holders wanting to take part in the Selkirk MTB Marathon, there are three courses –25km, 50km and 80km– for families, novices, intermediates, enthusiasts and racing snakes.

Both racing events will be based at Selkirk Leisure Centre, and it is hoped an evening of bike-related activity will be held in the town centre on Friday, May 9, including a free pump track, roller racing, bike stunt shows and a world record attempt.

On Sunday, May 11, Selkirk also hosts a round of the Scottish Mountain Bike Orienteering series – more than 200 riders will search out checkpoints across the area.

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