Le Mans Start for Benromach Ten Under The Ben Mountain Bike Race

With less than a week to go until the legendary Benromach 10 Under The Ben mountain bike endurance race, the flagship event of the Benromach Three Tens Series, organisers, No Fuss Events, have announced the introduction of a Le Mans Style start for 2010.

On Saturday 15 May hundreds of mountain bikers will line up at the start before sprinting for at least 100 metres to pick up their trusty steads and setting off on the ten hour epic round the 9 mile course of steady climbs and swooping downhills.  This new start has not only been designed to separate the field and ease congestion on the abundant singletrack but the ensuing mayhem will also be a very entertaining spectacle for the many spectators and supporters looking on.  

Up to 950 participants of various fitness levels and skill abilities from all over the UK, riding solo or in relay teams of two, three or four, will do battle with Forestry Commission Scotland's Leanachan Forest in the Outdoor Capital of the UK and whatever the west coast weather has in store.  With the event being two weeks earlier than in previous years organisers are also hoping for a novel but very welcome Highland midge free weekend.

Frazer Coupland, from No Fuss Events, said: “The No Fuss team are looking forward to a big year for 10 Under the Ben. We are still open for entries and so far numbers are up on previous years.   We are very excited to be introducing riders to some new boardwalk we have constructed and three great new natural sections that will be revealed on the day; but only if the weather is perfect.  This combined with our new Le Mans style start should keep all our regulars entertained throughout the day.

No Fuss are also expecting a bit of Bio….Mass participation at this year's 10 Under the Ben.  They have teamed up with Highland Wood Energy (HWE), Scotland's leading wood heating specialists, to introduce the Renewables Race mountain bike challenge.  Celebrating the Renewable Energy Sector and pedal power, this new race will run alongside 10 Under the Ben in the same format and mountain bike riders involved in renewable energy projects throughout the UK and further afield are signing up.

The team from Benromach Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky, the Three Tens series sponsors for a third consecutive year, will be on hand after registration on Friday evening (14 May) to offer samples of their exquisite new 10 year old single malt and other whiskies in the range.  This will take place at The Snowgoose Restaurant, which sits at 655m on the face of Aonach Mor.  They will also be presenting spot prizes throughout the day on 15 May.

This year Alpine Bikes will be on site to provide technical support and assistance for all riders.  The team will be able to offer support with spares and expertise throughout the weekend.

The three challenging races in the The Benromach Three Tens Series – 10 Under The Ben, 10 At Kirroughtree and 10 More In Moray  – are run on an endurance format to see who can complete the most laps of a 10 mile course in a grueling 10 hours.  Most importantly all three events give recreational riders, racers, off road riders and weekend warriors an opportunity to get on their bikes, ride great courses with loads of like minded people whilst having a good time in a fun and relaxed environment – definitely no lycra necessary!

The Benromach 10 Under The Ben centre will be at The Nevis Range car park again this year.

For those riders with a bit of energy left after their grueling ride; or spectators and supporters keen to explore the Leanachan trail system, the No Fuss team have introduced Scotland's newest off road run, The Outdoor Capital Trail Half Marathon and 5k Fun Run, the following day.  On Sunday 16 May 2010 this unique running experience will be the first chance trail runners will have to test themselves on world famous mountain biking trails used during the Mountain Bike World Cup, World Championships and the Benromach Ten Under The Ben. It is also ideal for both trail running beginners or experienced 'mountain goats' keen to take in the stunning sights of the Great Glen, the Grey Corries and Ben Nevis, as the route winds through the iconic Leanachan Forest. There is still time to sign up.

For more information on No Fuss Events in 2010 and to enter all of the events – http://www.nofussevents.co.uk

Media Contact:
Paddy Cuthbert – Podge Publicity
M: 07968 699 636 | E: paddy@podge.co.uk | W: www.podge.co.uk

Notes to Editors:
No Fuss Events
With an extended programme of eleven active sports events across the length and breadth of Scotland No Fuss are encouraging participation from first timers, families, work colleagues, weekend warriors and elite athletes. No Fuss Events do exactly what it says on the tin – great events with a fun and friendly atmosphere that encourage participants of all ages and abilities to sign up year after year. With Over 60% of athletes who attended events in 2009 re-booking from previous years, there is a clear indication that customer satisfaction is extremely high and events are interesting, challenging and fulfilling enough to warrant a return.

The No Fuss 2010 Event programme includes:
13 & 14 March – The Wee Triathlon, Fort William – due to popular demand the same event is offered on two days
The Benromach Three Tens Series – The epic 10 under the Ben (15 May) is again joined by 10 at Kirroughtree (10 July) and 10 More in Moray (21 August) as the much loved cross country mountain bike endurance series grows in stature
16 May – The Trail Half Marathon and 5k Fun Run
17 July – Glen Nevis River Race, Fort William – A wet and wild waterfall jumping, rapid rafting swim and scramble
24 July – The Hope Endurance Downhill, Fort William  – What goes up must come down…. again and again.
11 September – The Big Ben Nevis and the Half Big Ben Nevis Triathlon – Some say this is the toughest off road triathlon on the UK circuit; we couldn't possibly comment!
11 September  – The Tour De Ben Nevis
12 September – The Highland Warrior Triathlon
09-10 October – Relentless 24 – A day long cross country mountain biking marathon

The Benromach Three Tens Series

10 Under the Ben, Fort William       
Saturday 15 May 2010
Now in its sixth year 10 Under the Ben is a must do for all mountain bike enthusiasts. 10 Under the Ben is the first of the three tens event series, an opportunity for recreational riders, racers, off road riders and weekend warriors to get out and get on their bikes. Riders will again be treated to an awesome course incorporating sections of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup and World Championships cross country courses as well as some stunning sections of singletrack and fire roads in the shadow of the north face of the UK's highest mountain, Ben Nevis.
10 at Kirroughtree, Newton Stewart
Saturday 10 July 2009
Galloway Forest Park is the venue for the second of the Three Tens event series. This venue, tucked away in the South West of Scotland, which is famous for its fast flowing singletrack and superb mountain bike trails, proved its reputation in 2007, 2008 & 2009 and the No fuss team expect record numbers to race in 2010.

In 2009 10 at Kirroughtrees was nominated in the Singletrack Reader Awards Event of the Year category alongside the World Cup in Fort William and the Singletrack Weekend, proving what a hidden gem this event really is.  No Fuss were delighted with the nomination and promise this event will be even better in 2010.
10 More in Moray, Fochabers
Saturday 21 August 2009
Number three of The Three Tens Event Series sees the No Fuss Team set up camp in the North East of Scotland. 10 More in Moray is based at Milne's High School in Fochabers. Ordequish Woods provides an excellent environment for endurance racing; the climbs are just enough of a test and the excitement of the singletrack trails like the Haggis and the Soup dragon will put a smile on the face of any off road rider.

Entry Fees
Solo – £45
Pair – £80
Trio – £120
Quad – £140

Three Tens Series Sponsors and Supporters:

Established in 1898, Benromach distillery changed hands many times and was virtually derelict when bought by Gordon & MacPhail in 1993. Drawing on generations of whisky expertise, the company carried out a painstaking refurbishment and the distillery was officially re-opened by Prince Charles in 1998.

Benromach Distillery is located on the outskirts of the ancient market town of Forres.  A four star visitor centre is open to the public throughout the year for tours and tastings.  Benromach distillery is a member of the world famous malt whisky trail.

Benromach Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky is the Official Whisky of the 09-10 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

Benromach expressions include:
Benromach Ten Years Old
Benromach Origins
Benromach Organic Special Edition
Other Benromach expressions are also available. Please visit www.benromach.com for details.

A not-for-profit community company established to promote Fort William and Lochaber as the best place to experience the outdoors in the UK. There are over 65 different activities to choose from in an amazing landscape that encompasses the small isles to Ben Nevis with white water rivers, sea, lochs, beaches, forest, glens, cliffs and mountains in between.  http://www.outdoorcapital.co.uk

The Nevis Range Mountain Gondola, unique in Britain, was originally constructed on Aonach Mor to transport skiers to the slopes.  Today, the gondola whisks some 160,000 visitors each year to 2150ft where they can eat at the Snowgoose restaurant, enjoy a drink at the bar, walk out to the mountain viewpoints, or simply enjoy the stunning highland scenery.  Established in 1989, Nevis Range has significantly diversified, creating a world-class downhill mountain bike track, and hosted 5 World Cups and one World Championship.  This gondola served downhill is unique in Britain, and Nevis Range plan to add a second downhill track in spring 2008 for leisure mountain bikers.  The gondola is also widely used by climbers, paragliders and hangliders on their journey to the clouds.  The ski area lies between the top of the gondola and the summit of Aonach Mor which, being the highest ski area in Scotland, has a good record for snow conditions running late into the season.   http://www.nevisrange.co.uk.

Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) serves as the Scottish Executive's forestry department. It is the largest landowner in the country and the biggest provider of outdoor recreation. In Scotland, the Commission is spearheading the development of mountain biking and has made a major contribution to ensure Scotland has retained its 'Global Superstar' status by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) for two years. According to IMBA, Scotland is one of the top places to go biking in the world, thanks to the work of FCS and a “bike-friendly government”.

FCS has created world class mountain bike centres throughout the country including the world renowned 7stanes located across the south of Scotland.  The expansive mountain bike facilities and trails found on the national forest estate in Scotland provide challenges and thrills for all riders from the most experienced to families and complete novices.

Log on to www.forestry.gov.uk/mtbscotland for more information.

Contact: Paddy Cuthbert
Phone: 07968699636
Email: paddy@podge.co.uk
Website: http://www.nofussevents.co.uk