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GORE BIKE WEAR™ TransWales 2011 powered by Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport – the 7 day MTB stage challenge 13th – 20th August 2011 – homepage

Welcome to the home of the GORE BIKE WEAR™ TransWales powered by Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport event for 2011

Following the growing success of the GORE BIKE WEAR™ TransWales powered by Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport 2010 we will once again return to the Welsh mountains for the sixth 7-day MTB stage challenge taking place between 13th – 20th August 2011.

GORE BIKE WEAR™ is on board again and as title sponsor with Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport behind us as well. We will again do our best to make the GORE BIKE WEAR™ TransWales powered by Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport 2011 even better than before and offer you the riders another enjoyable and challenging event.

The TransWales setup:
The GORE BIKE WEAR™ TransWales 2011 will take place this summer, and will have categories for teams and solo riders. The event combines linking stages (untimed long distance rides) with special stages – off-road time trials. Not just endurance but also tactics, the right equipment and an ability to pace yourself will be key to enjoying as well as to winning this event. By doing this we aim to cater for those who want to see what Wales can offer as a cycling destination whilst indulging the more competitive rider with the special stages.

The riders will be looked after during the day starting with breakfast, an in-depth briefing as to what to expect for each day’s riding of every linking and special stage along the way, rolling lunch, broom wagon and dinner, as well as energy food at selected checkpoints on the linking stages.

All riders will have their equipment, tents and sleeping bags transported from location to location. You will also receive a substantial starter package, which will provide you with some extra equipment with an event holdall, which will carry all your belongings for the duration of the trip, and is yours to keep afterwards as a memento. The TransWales will set up camp at visitor centres, camp grounds, farms and leisure centres along the way and will offer you facilities to keep you as well as your equipment in order.

‘Mini’ GORE BIKE WEAR™ TransWales:
2011 introduces the ‘Mini’ GORE BIKE WEAR™ TransWales powered by Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport early in the planning stages. It can be ridden over two durations. You can either join the event from the 13th to the 16th August (3 day) or from the 17th to the 20th August (4 day). You will ride the same trails / courses as everybody else and get the same treatment with regards to registration, event holdall, logistics, timing chip, ranking, recognition, finishing jersey, food, camping and facilities. The only difference being is that you are only riding for three or four days. The available categories are the same as for the 7-day event and riders can enter as teams or solos.
NB – the 3-day ‘Mini’ will commence in Builth Wells and finish (location TBC). The 4-day event will start (location TBC) and finish in Builth Wells. We will obviously make sure that we take you back to your car when your riding days are over.

Download 2011 rules HERE >>

GORE BIKE WEAR™ Prologue Marathon:
Big news for 2011 – introducing the GORE BIKE WEAR™ Prologue Marathon powered by Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport. Taking place on 13th August at 11am, riders can enjoy an approx. 40km marathon ride with an optional special stage at the end where riders will get the chance to test their ‘racing skills’. It is open to all TransWales riders (but not compulsory) who want to limber up and get their legs in shape for the big challenge ahead. It is also open to non-TransWales riders who would like a taster of a typical unique day’s riding in the TransWales.

This event is not part of the GORE BIKE WEAR™ TransWales powered by Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport and the following applies:
numbers are limited, so get your entry in quick its non-competitive the special stage will be manually timed full use of free camping, event village facilities & feed stations
entrants must register before 10.30am on 13th August ready for 11.00am start

The GORE BIKE WEAR™ team will once again be treating all competitors with a chance to try out their award winning products. What better place to 'test ride' a jacket than in the harshest conditions Wales has to offer?

Each contestant will be able to test ride an item of clothing for one day, hand back the dirty, smelly items of clothing to the GORE BIKE WEAR™ boys and carry on with their normal post ride activities. If you like the test kit so much that you want to buy, there will be a retailer partner at the event who will happily sell you a nice new item of their clothing.

If you would like to find out more about how to enter the full or mini TransWales, Prologue Marathon or find out more information about course stages, etc. Please click on the following links:

How to enter

Event details

Breakdown of stages

TransWales concept

Reports from previous events

Photos and videos from previous events

A list of supplies


Contact information


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