For this, the sixth year, Marin have returned as main sponsors, they are providing spot prizes and a test fleet which will be available from Saturday lunchtime onwards.

This popular event is a great ride across the open hills of the Welsh borders and attracts just under a 1,000 riders from all over the country.

Riders return year after year to pit themselves against the demanding route which varies each year, but never uses forestry.

The route is across moorland tracks opened just for this one event by express permission of the various landowners.

It has the smallest proportion of road for any single loop off road event in England and Wales.

The atmosphere is kept delightfully laid back and welcoming, the marshalls are really friendly and helpful.

The campsite, on the edge Hergest Ridge, above the tiny market town of Kington on the welsh border, has wonderful views of the surrounding hills.

The event costs £27 for advance entry, which includes all camping and event tee shirt.

Visit the website ( for further details and entry.

Cheers from Nick and Jerry (organisers)