No Fuss Events announce record entries for mountain bike endurance race series
With just over eight weeks to go until 10 Under The Ben, the first event in the Three Tens Series of endurance cross country mountain bike events, Fort William based No Fuss Events are pleased to report that entries are on the increase and early indications are looking positive for a record year.
Frazer Coupland, spokesman for No Fuss Events, said: 'We are delighted to announce that over 800 people had registered for the 2008 Three Tens Series so far. This is a 10% rise on 2007 figures at this stage. We are optimistic that this year's 10 Under The Ben will attract in excess of 800 riders with Kirroughtree and Moray expected to top 500 riders.'
The three challenging races in the Scottish series – 10 Under The Ben, 10 More In Moray and 10 At Kirroughtree – are run on an endurance format with participants riding solo or in relay teams of two, three or four to see who can complete the most laps in a gruelling 10 hours. These now legendary events give recreational riders, racers, off road riders and weekend warriors an opportunity to get on their bikes, ride great courses with loads of like minded people and have a good time in a fun and relaxed environment.
Now in its fourth year, 10 Under The Ben, the original 10-hour mountain bike festival of fun and the flagship of the series, will be staged on Saturday 31 May 2008, a week before the worlds best riders take on some of the same trails at the 2008 Nissan UCI Mountain Bike World Cup.
Frazer Coupland added: 'This will be the first year that 10 Under the Ben is run from Nevis Range and participants will be treated to some of the best trails available. As usual at a No Fuss event there will be the full spectrum of skill levels taking part from the elite to the have a go types, all of whom will be welcome and all are bound to enjoy what promises to be a top event in the 2008 mountain bike race calendar.'
The 800 plus riders expected to sign up will again be treated to an awesome course on some fantastic trails within Forestry Commission Scotland's Leanachan Forest just outside Fort William – The Outdoor Capital of the UK. Incorporating sections of the UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships cross country course the route will include some stunning sections of singletrack and fire roads, together with some new natural sections, all in the shadow of the north face of Ben Nevis, the UK's highest mountain.
This year the event centre will move to The Nevis Range car park, home to the UCI Mountain Bike World Cups (2002 – 2006) and World Championships (2008). As a result the event can now boast the highest pre-race registration of any mountain bike race in the UK. On Friday 30 May participants will be invited to take a free gondola ride to The Snowgoose Restaurant, which sits at 655m on the face of Aonach Mor, the 8th highest mountain in the UK, for registration. Competitors will then have the opportunity to sit down with other riders and talk tactics over a slap up meal and enjoy the usual No Fuss pre-race craic and entertainment.
This year 10 Under The Ben will welcome two competitors from New Zealand as part of No Fuss's reciprocal deal with the Moonshine Trail 40km mountain bike race - riders who participate in all three of the 10 events are automatically eligible for an entry into the draw for an opportunity to win a trip to New Zealand to the Moonshine event in February. Giving 10 Under The Ben even more of an international flavour five riders from Canada, part of the race organising committee from the Test of Metal 67 km endurance event, will take part and rumours are rife about an amazing spot prize they will provide.
With Event organisers all over the UK being challenged with environmental sustainability and green issues; No Fuss are tackling the shower and après race wash down with the use of solar showers only.
No Fuss representative Chloe Paterson from No Fuss Events said: 'The solar powered showers we are using are amazing; they even work in Fort William! Its our contribution to walking the green walk and it also helps us keep our entry fees cheaper than our competitors'
On Saturday 12 July 2008 Galloway Forest Park is the venue for 10 At Kirroughtree, the second of the Three Tens Series events and the No Fuss team are expecting record numbers to race this year. This superb venue, tucked away in the South West of Scotland, is famous for its fast flowing singletrack and superb mountain bike trails. Having proved its reputation in 2007 No Fuss Events has been working with Forestry Commission Scotland to ensure that some new natural sections of trail will make this event even better than last year.
On Saturday 23 August 2008 the No Fuss Team will set up camp in the North East of Scotland for the final event in the series. 10 More in Moray is based at Milne's High School in Fochabers and the Ordequish woods provides an excellent environment for racing; the climbs are just enough of a test and the excitement of the singletrack trails, like the Haggis and the Soup Dragon, will put a smile on the face of any off road rider.