Today I decided that I would do the SPAM Winter Challenge this Christmas (29th December to be precise). The SPAM Winter Challenge is a Mountain Bike Enduro run mostly on the hard pack, all weather trails of Salisbury Plain. As a descendant of the original Salisbury Plain Challenge, this is the original Winter MTB Event.
I did this event 2 years ago with only 6 months of mountain biking under my belt and I was far from fit. It was a tough, freezing cold and damp day out and I can’t honestly remember if I truly enjoyed it or not. Mountain biking was new to me and I had no idea what to expect. I opted in 2011 to do the 35km route and I finished well after some of my new mountain bike friends who had ridden the 50km route.
While I am not a super fit athlete or especially confident in my distance cycling abilities, I have no hesitation in signing up for the 50km event this year. Properly prepared for the weather with clothing, more confident riding abilities, fitter and more knowledgeable about nutrition and fuel for my body mean that I don’t fear the distance or the terrain, and I am looking forward to getting prepared over the next month or so.
If you live anywhere near Salisbury Plain and fancy a ride over the Christmas holidays this is a great event. There will be a few hundred riders, plenty of cake and tea and support for your spare tubes etc from Marlborough based LBS, Bertie Maffoons.
Edit – I forgot to mention that this went raises money for local charities such as Wiltshire Air Ambulance and also causes like Help For Heroes.
It takes place on Salisbury Plain and is one of the few events that is given permission to cross MOD land.
Learn more and preregister to enter at the website here – http://www.spamwinterchallenge.co.uk/