Wheels in motion for big bike weekend

SELKIRK hosts one of the biggest events in its sporting year when the fourth round of the Chain Reaction Cycles MTB Series rolls into town next weekend.

With two great sportive routes to choose from, the third and final CycleOps Power Road Sportive event will take place on Saturday, July 23, followed by the MTB Marathon on the Sunday. Local course designer Pete Laing will be working with the race organisers again to make sure his home round stays on top.

So, apart from showcasing the fantastic road riding around the greater Selkirk area, be prepared to be amazed by high rolling roads, sweeping hairpins, long and challenging climbs and the most awe-inspiring scenery the area has to offer.

The sportive will have an open start between 8.30-10am from Selkirk RFC. There are two distances to choose from, standard sportive (40-50 mile course) and classic sportive (80-100 miles). Registration opens on Friday from 6-9pm and Saturday from 7-10am.

And the MTB Marathon on the Sunday helps to create a mini cycle festival weekend by combining both events.

The superb courses, which incorporate some of the best purpose-built tracks surrounding the greater Selkirk area, the fantastic views and superb facilities at Selkirk RFC makes this event one of the highlights of the 2011 series.

The route will cover four different course lengths: Full marathon (100km course); middle marathon (75km); half marathon (50km) and mini marathon (25km).

The MTB Marathon will start at 10am on the Sunday from the rugby club. Registration opens on Friday from 6-9pm; Saturday from 7am-8pm and Sunday from 7-9am.

Camping will be available (included in the entry fee) from Friday night through to Monday morning at the Philiphaugh club.

In addition, there will be skills sessions running throughout the weekend.

Visit www.mtb-marathon.co.uk/events/selkirk.php for more information.