The 11km (approx.) course features some nice climbs, fantastic singletrack, great descents and a whole lot of fun – you can go as hard, or easy, as you like. The main descent is a total classic and not open for riding the rest of the year. Ride solo or in teams of two or three, the most laps in seven hours wins. It’s a fun course – some people even say there seems to be more downhill than up!
New for this year – a limited number of camping spots for vans or tents will be available next to the parking field. There is also more camping and pods close by at the Glentress Forest Lodges, these have access to toilets, showers, drying and kitchen facilities on site.
A seven hour race – how it works
The aim is to complete as many laps as you can in the seven hour limit. Teams ride in relay – there’s only one team member on the course at any one time. Timing is via an electronic card which is worn by the team member on course – when a rider crosses the lap finish line their time is recorded, and they then pass the card onto the next team member and so on. The last chance to start a final lap will give enough time for one frantic effort for that final (winning?) lap.
Riders can do as many laps as they want/can manage in the time. The transition/timing/ team change-over area is in the event village. The course is marked out all the way round and there are marshals at all key positions.
Riders can go as hard or easy as they like, and there’s always the lure of a nice cake and a good blether (and even a beer!) down at the event village. There’s also a cake and water station at the top of the course.
The race starts at 10am on Saturday 25 May. You must register beforehand to collect your race number, timing chip and course information. Full details will be sent to entrants as a pdf download the week before the race.
What you get:
- Seven hours of top riding with a fab bunch of people
- The best, most fun* endurance race course in the UK
- Electronic timing by SI systems
- Great ‘Free Cake Shop’ feed station, with the most delicious cakes**
- Miles of awesome singletrack
- Event village with great food and drink
- The best course medics available
- On site tech support
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**we’re totally certain about this!
This event is suitable for riders who are competent on blue and red grade trails. Any drop-offs are avoidable and technical sections are short and not too scary. The course is around 11km with around 380m of climbing each lap.
The Glentress Seven is held at Forest Enterprise Scotland’s Glentress trail centre.
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