THE MERIDA BRASS MONKEYS SERIES 2016 AS RIDDEN BY MERIDA FACTORY RACING RIDER HEIDI GOULD
With the evenings drawing in, the temperature dropping and Winter on its way it can only mean one thing for the Merida Factory Racing Calendar, the Merida Brass Monkeys XC Enduro Series.
It all kicked off in December at Windmill Hill, a murky morning greeted us as we signed on, teeth chattering, numbers on and then up to the start line we headed.
As the horn goes everyone jostles for position but myself and Paul head out of the Arena in good positions in our respective races, what follows is an hour and a half of fast racing on an excellent course of mixed terrain, flowing single track, gravel tracks, a couple of technical sections with a/b line options and a view of the canal that flows through this area… if you have time to look!!
Both of us finishing on the podium puts us in good stead for the overall Series.
Round 2 took us to the popular venue of Minley Manor, well known for the Torq 12:12 races it was great to be able to come and race on this circuit knowing it would be an hour and a half of fun filled trails!
Myself, Paul and Kim signed on to race this round and again the racing was fast and furious, the course was brilliant, rain half way through the race did little to dampen the spirits although conditions became slightly slicker and a bit more concentration was needed to stay upright!
After an hour and a half of single tracks, climbs, fun descents and a bit of mud we were all happy to finish on the podium… good results at the last two rounds meant me and Paul were now leading our categories and were going into the final round with good points.
Round 3 was held at a new venue near Bordon, a new circuit that provided some challenging racing and given the early morning rain we had soggy was definitely the best way to describe ground conditions… out in full force today myself, Paul and Kim were joined by new team member Patsy…a good race was had by all as we battled it out on the slick course of winding single track.
A good race for all of us as we all finished on the podium in our categories and with consistent good results throughout the whole Series I took the overall win for the 2hr Ladies senior and Paul took the win for the 2hr Vet male.
An excellent Series that is well organised and that we all thoroughly enjoyed…..thanks to the organisers and sponsors.
END OF MERIDA BRASS MONKEYS SERIES 2016
A big thank you to all who rode at this year’s Series, showing their support after what were difficult times. There was some awesome riding and some well deserved trophy winners. Huge thanks goes to Merida Bikes UK for their brilliant sponsorship and support of this iconic Series. Thank you also to Four4th Lights for their sponsorship and provision of the unique event trophies. We are already planning the next Series and the dates will be: Sun 26 November, Sun 17 December and Sun 7 January.
MERIDA BRASS MONKEYS 3 NEW DATE ANNOUNCEMENT
MBM 3 has been postponed from Sunday 5 February to Sunday 5 March. We have done this because, based on our considerable experience of organising mtb events, we believe that the extremely wet weather forecast for this coming week together with ongoing construction work on part of the venue will adversely affect the event and spoil your enjoyment of it.
All entries have been moved to the new date however if, for some reason you are unable to attend on the new date, please email email@example.com by Friday 24 February and we will organise a full refund for you.
We apologise for any disappointment this may cause, but look forward to welcoming you to Hogmoor in March.
MERIDA BRASS MONKEYS SERIES 2016 – POINTS AFTER 2 ROUNDS
So how’s the Series going for you so far? Riders need to score points in all 3 Rounds to be in contention for the Series prizes. You can look at the points so far by going to the results page on this web site.
MERIDA BRASS MONKEYS 3 VENUE ANNOUNCEMENT
The final round of this year’s series will take place at WBR, Hogmoor Road, Bordon, GU35 9HL – nearest postcode GU35 9HL. This is a new long term exclusive venue for us which is part of the Whitehill & Bordon Regeneration initiative. Whilst there are no hills you can expect a superb course with lots of short climbs and descents in mixed woodland. There’ll be a hard standing Arena and parking.
MERIDA BRASS MONKEYS ROUND 1 POSTPONED TO 18 DECEMBER 2016
As you will know by now if you were pre-entered and have received your email with a full explanation and a choice of entry options, we have had to postpone Round 1 of the Merida Brass Monkeys Series.
Round 1 will now be Sunday 18 December, Sunday 8 January will be Round 2 and another Round will be added in the New Year to complete the Series.
We share your frustration and disappointment.
Thank you for your support, MBM Team
MERIDA BRASS MONKEYS SERIES 2015 FINAL SERIES POINTS
MERIDA BRASS MONKEYS 3 2015
The New Year Hangover has had to be postponed until Sunday 17 January due to the forecast heavy rain. We have emailed all entered riders and anyone who can’t make the new date will receive a full refund. We cannot take more riders for the event but will let riders know if any places become available due to withdrawals.
MERIDA BRASS MONKEYS SERIES POINTS & UK FAT BIKE SERIES POINTS SO FAR
These can be seen via this link http://www.gorrick.com/racing/endurobm/brass_monkeys_2015_series_points.htm
++ROUND 3 WILL NOW BE AT AN EXCITING NEW VENUE++
Entry closes late on TUESDAY 29 DECEMBER for the last round of the hugely popular Brass Monkey Series. Headline sponsored by Merida and supported by a raft of other generous sponsors.
Round 3 will now be held at a NEW VENUE – one that we have been looking to secure for a while, but recent issues have meant that we have brought forward it’s launch. The compact, but beautifully formed course near Frimley Green, Surrey GU16 6HT (which will be clearly signposted from Frimley Green village) will, as ever, be carefully set and prepared by our very experienced team and you can expect to go through heath and pine woodland with flowing and testing singletrack mixed with climbs and descents. Please note that the venue is privately owned and not open for riding at any other time.
Full details and online entry are at www.meridabrassmonkeys.com and you can see regular updates on The Brass Monkeys Face book and on Twitter @Gorrick
Please remember, this event is PRE-ENTRY ONLY – there will be NO ENTRY ON THE DAY.
++NEW SPONSOR ALERT++
We are very pleased to welcome on board as a Merida Brass Monkeys sponsor James White Drinks – makers of non-alcoholic juices and cordials for every taste and every occasion. Beet IT Sport is their hugely popular sports drink that can help you perform at your peak.
MERIDA BRASS MONKEYS SERIES POINTS & UK FAT BIKE SERIES POINTS SO FAR
The Points tables can be viewed here http://www.gorrick.com/racing/endurobm/brass_monkeys_2015_series_points.htm
MERIDA BRASS MONKEYS ROUND 1 – Change of venue
Due to widespread, ongoing Army training manoeuvres across the area, we have this week been told that we cannot now use any military land at all for Merida Brass Monkeys Round 1 this coming weekend.
We have therefore had to try and source some non-military land at very short notice – with insufficient time for the usual official pre-application paperwork that is required at most venues.
We have been greatly helped in this by Steve Jones of Banjo Cycles and, as a result, Merida Brass Monkeys Round 1 this Sunday will now be held at Hammonds Farm, Checkendon which is a privately owned established mtb venue. It is halfway between Wallingford and Reading on the A4074 and the nearest postcode is RG8 0QT.
Although we envisage a shorter course than usual for a Merida Brass Monkeys event, the team will ensure that you have an enjoyable opener to the Series. As you can imagine, we have had an extremely difficult couple of weeks and we appreciate your understanding.
The MERIDA BRASS MONKEYS SERIES 2015
Entry is open on this web site for this year’s hugely popular 3 Round Brass Monkey Series, headline sponsored by Merida and supported by a raft of other generous sponsors. The Series features some outstanding venues especially chosen for their suitability for mountain bike enduro racing on 7-8 mile laps. Each course is carefully set and prepared by our very experienced team and you can expect to go through heath and pine woodland with flowing and testing singletrack mixed in with swooping trails and stone fire roads.
All you need to do is choose how long you want to ride for, and then do as many laps as you can in that time, including finishing the lap that you are on when your time is up.
Registration opens at 08.00 and the START TIMES are:
10.00 (finishing 12.00) All 2hr riders including Juniors (aged 14-17). Podium: about 12.45. Entry £23 (Juniors £15).
10.10 (finishing 14.10) All 4hr riders. Podium about 15.00. Entry £25.
10.20 (finishing 13.20) All 3hr Male Grand Vet riders and Fat Bike riders. Podium about 14.00. Entry £24.
Round 1 – Sun 15 November at Hammond’s Farm, Checkendon, RG8 0QT
Round 2 – Sun 13 December at Frith Hill, Deepcut, Surrey.
Round 3 – Sun 3 January at Minley Manor, Minley, Hants.
Each event will have full facilities, including a warm air heated HQ marquee, and there will be trophies to be won at each round and also for the Series, plus lots of goodies to be won as spot prizes too. The 3 events will form Rounds 2, 3 and 4 of the ongoing UK Fat Bike Series.
Full details and online entry are on this web site and you can see regular updates on The Brass Monkeys Face book and on Twitter @Gorrick
These events are PRE-ENTRY ONLY and are limited to 500 riders.
The MERIDA SUMMER MONKEY incorporating the UK FAT BIKE* SERIES
We get requests every day, but when we were asked to incorporate the inaugural UK FAT BIKE SERIES into the Brass Monkeys we couldn’t say no. So we can announce that online entry is now open via this web site for the Merida Summer Monkey which will be Round 1 of the UKFBS and the other 3 Rounds will be at the Brass Monkeys Series later on in the year. The Fat Bike category will be for 3 hours and tyres will need to be 3.25” or over.
The Merida Summer Monkey is just like a standalone Brass Monkey event, but with the warmer weather and longer days we can offer 6 hour categories including Pairs and prizes for Single Speed riders too.
The categories offered are: 3hr Fat Bikes (tyre size over 3.25”) £23, 6hr £25, 4hr £24, 3hr (50+) £23, 2hr £22, 4hr Single Speed £24, Junior riders aged 14-17 £15 and 6hr Pairs £45. Your entry Category – is decided by your age on 31.12.15
The facilities will be the same as for the Brass Monkeys series and will comprise: RFID chip timing with live feed results screen, race commentary and music, Trade Arena, event photographer, Paramedic Ambulance safety cover, mobile radio linked marshals, toilets, free parking on hard fire roads plus a good range of rider friendly hot and cold food and drinks will be available.
6 Hour Solo and Pairs – start time 9am, finish 3pm, podium 4pm
4 Hour Solo (including Single Speed riders) – start time 11am, finish 3pm, podium 4pm
3 Hour Solo (including Fat Bike riders) – start time 12 noon, finish 3pm, podium 4pm
2 Hour Solo (including Juniors) – start time 9am, finish 11am, podium Noon
*Fat Bikes were invented in 1980 for winter trail riding and racing in sub-arctic Alaska and simultaneously, for touring the deserts of New Mexico. They are very versatile bikes, capable of riding on any terrain which includes: snow, sand, desert, bogs, mud as well as ‘normal’ mountain biking terrain.
MERIDA BRASS MONKEYS SERIES 2014
This year’s hugely popular MERIDA Brass Monkeys Series kicks off on SUNDAY 23 NOVEMBER at Minley Manor, Minley, Hants GU17 9UF. These 3 enduro events feature some outstanding venues chosen for their suitability for enduro mountain bike racing which are then carefully prepared by us. There are full facilities including a warm air heated HQ marquee and RFID chip timing is used.
Most riders can choose to ride for either 2 or 4 hours, whilst 50+ males all ride for 3 hours and male or female Juniors (aged 14-17) ride for 2 hours. It is a Series, so you do need to ride and get points in every round to be in contention. There will be podium presentations of trophies throughout the day, with Series trophies and prizes at the last round too. Thanks to our generous sponsors a large number of spot prizes are also given out during the Series.
Full details are here on the MERIDA Brass Monkeys web site and updates will be on The Brass Monkeys Facebook and on Twitter @Gorrick Online entry will be open very soon and the first 50 riders who enter all 3 events will be automatically entered free of charge into the Summer Monkey. Please remember that these events are entered by PRE-ENTRY ONLY and that entry for each event will close as soon as it is full, so no monkeying around…
***STOP PRESS*** Round 2’s results can be accessed at www.timelaps.co.uk and the images taken can be accessed at https://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinsheldrake/sets/72157647436185453/ The series Points will be up on the Results page of this web site as soon as possible.