Attenburrow and Hodges shine in Mountain Mayhem event

Hannah Attenburrow and Martyn Hodges on the podium, right

Hannah Attenburrow and Martyn Hodges on the podium, right

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High-fliers Hannah Attenburrow and Martyn Hodges teamed up to secure a podium place in the epic Mountain Mayhem race.

The duo delivered a strong performance to finish third in the 24-hour endurance contest at Gatcombe Park, in Gloucestershire.

More than 1,500 mountain bikers flocked to the venue to compete in teams, pairs or solo events.

The aim of the race is to complete as many laps of the tough course as possible in 24 hours.

It was a second endurance race for Attenburrow, who had won her category in a six-hour race the previous weekend.

Hodges was making his endurance debut as they represented the Pedal 2 Pedal club based at Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Petersfield.

They lined up in the pairs event with riders of all abilities in action – from novices to national champions and Olympians.

The Pedal 2 Pedal duo completed 18 laps in 24 hours, clocking up an impressive 144 miles in total as they finished third behind Team Singletrack (27 laps) and Team JMC (23 laps).

Attenburrow said: ‘It was great to compete and work as a team.

‘Martyn and I worked well and came up with a strategy together and then supported one another while we did our laps.

‘The event had a Le Mans style start with everyone lining up ready to run 800m to their bikes and start the first lap.

‘The course was mainly in the woods with some gruelling hill climbs and fast descents through the estate.

‘It was lined with spectators at the technical sections and also through the camp village, where support crews cheered on every rider as they waited for their soloist to come through.

‘As the light faded on Saturday, racers turned on their lights creating an illumination display and lovely ambiance as they zig zagged through the forest.

‘On Friday evening the kids got their moment of glory with a pyjama race and then Mini Mayhem event.

‘It’s great to see so many people getting out and enjoying their mountain biking.’

Attenburrow, 27, is relishing the endurance race experience.

The Pedal 2 Pedal club owner is looking forward to taking on more challenges in future.

Attenburrow added: ‘I plan to do more endurance races.

‘I am taking on my first ever 12-hour solo at the end of August called Torq In Your Sleep.

‘I have a couple of regional races left and another national race. I also have a monster marathon in August and my 12-hour solo.

‘A few of the adult members of the club already compete in endurance racing and have been doing so for years.

‘For the kids, the cross-country racing is growing and this is the key to their progression at the moment.’

Pedal 2 Pedal has a growing number of children and adults now racing across the region and further afield.

Being a new club, funding is difficult so they are looking for sponsorship and support.

If you feel you are able to help, contact Attenburrow at hannah@pedal2pedal.co.uk

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