Martyn Salt, the man behind the event, is ecstatic to have such a big name attending: “We have been working on this ever since the Earls Court Cycle Show, after speaking to Cannondale about getting Roel on board. The recent confirmation is really amazing news.”

The format of the Marathon events means everyone taking part will be on course with the Marathon World Champion at some point, and therefore able to compare times over the same course and in the same conditions. It’s very seldom that riders have an opportunity to do that in any sport.

The Big Welsh Weekend is two days of riding and racing at Margam Park in South Wales. The race action consists of Round 3 of the British XC series on the Saturday, where top Brits Oli Beckingsale and Liam Killeen are scheduled to be competing alongside Roel. Sunday is the official Trek British Marathon Championships around Britain’s longest race course (25km) with the top riders covering 4 laps for the full 100km. Roel will be taking part in both days of racing as well as being at the expo for the weekend to answer any XC/Marathon questions you may have.

In addition to the race action there will be lots of things to watch and take part in, including trials demos, rollapaluza, leisure rides, free kids races, Trek demo fleet and much more.

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