The UK’s toughest 24-hour mountain bike endurance race promises to be bigger and better than ever this year, with a record number of riders signed up for the event.
Due to overwhelming demand, the event, in its 13th year, has increased its entry capacity from 2,500 to an impressive 2,650.
More than 3,000 riders applied for the coveted places with entrants from as far afield as Switzerland, participants that have battled life threatening illness to compete, family groups and even participants that have planned their wedding around the event.
Among those keen to secure their place were the Grimey Lymies who made the journey from Stoke-on-Trent to be the first on Patrick’s doorstep at 12.45am, closely followed by fellow team mate and the first rider to appear throughout the night, Tin Tin.
Patrick Adams of Pacific Edge Events, owners and organisers of Original Source Mountain Mayhem, said: “The response this year has been absolutely amazing. More than 3,000 riders applied to take part. We’ve got lots of surprises up our sleeves and are really looking forward to welcoming the road bikers for the first time."
Original Source Mountain Mayhem isn’t just for the bikers, a fun festival atmosphere adds to the event’s appeal, which attracted over 15,000 in 2009. Family campsites, Original Source product give-aways, food tents and entertainment are all on offer to add to the carnival atmosphere. There is also a mini mayhem race for children.