Rather than dwell on the weather of the wettest Brass Monkey there's ever been, just for a moment think back to those amazing frosty races we've had in past winters. When the trails are frozen solid and the low winter sun is just enough to keep the temperature above zero. Everyone finishes with barely a spec of dust on them, just a satisfying grin of a great winters ride. I shall dream this is the way Rounds 2 and 3 will be!
Back on planet Minley there was plenty of satisfaction for many riders having finished, be it completing just one lap or five. Your determination and stamina will be rewarded in the series points for the top 40 in each category. The points will be published later in the week. Head over to our Brass Monkeys Facebook for podium photos and post race chit chat. I'm sure you've all got a story to tell.
Round 2 is on the 14th December and is held at Tunnel Hill. It's one of our favourite venues as the trails are sure to keep you entertained. Don't forget ENTRY CLOSES on the 9th December. See you there.
A cracking day out in the woods with a course that just got better and better as 100's of riders tested their bike skills and Autumn fitness. The Gorrick trail team excelled themselves once again providing a lap that not only introduced new trails but was nowhere near as wet as many had predicted, the few puddles left even dispersed. The highlight for me was watching the children's races with some as young as 9 or 10 who rode everything. Some future stars in the making no doubt.
There is a short break now till your next racing fix on the 23rd November for Round 1 of the Merida Brass Monkeys at Minley Manor. Make sure you pre-enter in advance as there is NO entry on the day. See you there.
by Jane Lucas, 21 Oct 14.
Our final XC event of the year is on SUNDAY 9 NOVEMBER at Crowthorne Wood. So why not come along and end your season with a blast? The event is headline sponsored by Endura makers of brilliantly designed mtb clothing...
by Paul Howard, 14 Oct 14. Results [ 1» ]
The fifth and final TrailTrax of the year made it's annual pilgrimage to the lovely Merry Harrier's at Hambledon. The abundance of rights of way and quiet lanes in the area made for a challenging event. There was the usual handful of clearances but in a wide array of times. And so it was that Dan Horton not only won his category but also the overall series, well done. On behalf of the Gorrick team and Mountain Trax for sponsoring the prizes we hope you've enjoyed yourselves and found new places to ride at in future. See you in 2015.
by Jane Lucas, 30 Sep 14.
The COOL MOUNTAIN BIKE CHALLENGE is on SUNDAY 5 October at The Pavilion, Charlton Sport and Leisure Centre, Andover. The fully waymarked routes will feature all your favourite off road trails in glorious north west Hampshire, including the much loved ‘Woods’ section. You can choose to ride either the 45 or 30km route...
A great day's racing in the sunshine and dust. Well done everyone, especially all those who were trying racing for the first time. Your results are up on Timelaps (see link above). Big thanks to our generous headline sponsor Endura for giving out clothing products to random finishers...
by Paul Howard, 15 Sep 14. Results [ 1» ]
Full results now published from a glorious day at The Vine in Hannington where riders made the most of the fast byways and bridleways of Watership Down. Our thanks to Mike Richman for laying out the checkpoints, and to Mountain Trax for the prizes. The final TrailTrax is on the 12th October at Hambledon, we look forward to seeing you there.
by Jane Lucas, 15 Sep 14.
Our final two XC events of the year are fast approaching, and are a great way to finish your season with a blast at Hungry Hill and Crowthorne...
by Paul Howard, 25 Aug 14. Results [ 1» ]
Well done everyone!! Thank you for making the 6th edition of 12:12 such a superb event. Thank you too to our very supportive and generous sponsors. Now the dust has quite literally settled having been dampened down by Monday's rain we hope you're relaxing at home viewing the Results which can be accessed via the link above. Note that these are subject to final checking.
The 8 mile race course was different yet again to previous years showing the versatility Minley Manor can offer. I'm sure riders will be talking about some notable sections for months to come; Banksey is always fun - split into two this time, Back to Front - the long descent from the top Sunset Wood field is a blast, and as for Sponge Bob Climb? What a killer; "like riding on a mattress", "little devils pulling at my tyres", "my hardtail suddenly gained rear suspension", just some of the comments I heard.
Racing was hard fought in all the categories as both teams and solos showed some outstanding lap times and consistency as you'll see from the results. The vibe on the course was excellent with lot's of banter, friendly overtaking and the sounds of the Bridge to Nowhere disco to lighten the mood. From all at Gorrick, the Army CU and the event sponsors we thank you and look forward to welcoming you back to "lucky TORQ 7" in 2015.
by Jane Lucas, 20 Jul 14.
Get the lowdown on the weekends full event schedule...