22nd September 2019

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The MADAX 2019 Only 123 days to go!


The format is base around you following a route we have designed. Once you leave the start it is down to you to navigate your way, although we will supply some landmarks as reference points but the rest is down to you.

You will need to be self-sufficient during the event, carry your own food, water and spares for your bike. 

The MADAX is for any bike that is capable of being ridden off-road: mountain bikers, fatbikers, cyclocrossers and gravel bikers, you are all welcome (No Ebikes). 

Bear in mind, we’re mountain bikers and love an adventure. Your adventure will take you across a variety of surfaces and terrain, with a focus on riding as many off road trails that we can squeeze into 100kms. This variety of terrain will have you smiling, cursing and counting your blessings at different times. 

We have found a home in the Pelican, an ancient Gloucester pub where the event will start and finish.

We will have a medic based at the pub to provide first aid plus radio cover with a suport vehicle on hand should you . Emotional rescue will be found at the bottom of a fine pint of ale or cider, courtesy of the Wye Valley Brewery.

The route:

Starting and finishing at The Pelican Inn, a public house on the edge of the historic city of Gloucester, you will ride out of the city via a traffic free route, follow the river Severn towards Tewkesbury, before heading to the Cotswold Hills and the extensive trail network of byways, bridleways and single track, before returning to The Pelican, where we’ll be waiting to welcome you back and celebrate your achievement.The route will be a mix of tarrain and can be ridden on a gravel bike if you must, its 70% offroad.On return you can soothe your aches and pains (with a beer), soothe your emotional distress (with 2 pints of beer) and enjoy some food.

Be Prepared:

Check your brake pads, your drive train, so chain, cassette, gear cables and bottom bracket. Make sure your tyres are suitable and in good condition, if you run tubeless make sure you have sealant in the tyres (Shake and listen for the slosshing sound)Food, a good tip is to eat what you normally eat, don't suddenly change to gels, or energy suplements if you are not use to them. Carry plenty of water and drink a lot regualrly. (You can find places to top up on route, shops, garages, pubs for instance. You can also buy food on route so don't carry too much.Lastly and important. Make sure your GPS device is fully charged and the route is loaded the day before. Carry a mobile phone and make sure its charged before you start.  

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