What an amazing race.

The weather played ball and racers were treated to dry and dusty conditions on the mash-up course which featured off-camber links between regular Aston Hill trails; it was even overheard as being described as “the best Aston Hill track, ever”. Praise indeed!


Rather than write a report (especially as the full results are on Gravity Project and Roots and Rain), feast your eyes on the video and pictures below - they tell a far better story. There’s also shots on the Aston Hill Flickr group - feel free to add more!

A huge shout must be given to Gravity Project, Quality Catering, Vintage VW Smoothies and the hardworking medics, for keeping people timed, fed, watered and safe.

A massive hats off also needs to go to the race backbone: the marshals. They did a sterling job at an incredibly busy race. Thank you very much guys!

All that remains is to say a massive, massive thank you to the race sponsors, who provided amazing support and prizes:

  • Beeline Cycles
  • Bell Helmets (Zyro distribution)
  • Ethic Watches
  • Firecrest MTB Coaching
  • Flare Clothing
  • Leisure Lakes (Daventry)
  • Lovelo Cycle Works
  • Mountain Mania
  • Supernova Cycles
  • Tring Brewery
  • Walton Street Cycles

Racing will return next March. Watch this space!

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Want an Aston Hill hoodie?

Do you want to look like Matt Wakefield as you charge Surface to Air? Then you need an Aston Hill hoodie!

Well, this could be your lucky day as Chairman Gary has a few in the back of his van.

They are £20 each but stock is very limited - check the Facebook page for more details and how to get one, before getting over to Surface to Air to whip it into shape and show it who really is the Daddy (even if you’re a lady)!

Aston Hill hoodies

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Want to hire a bike? Well now you can!

First of all, it needs to be made clear that you still can’t hire bikes at the Hill. However, if you fancy dabbling in something a little different without forking out (see what I did there?) on something new and shiny, then read on!

Berkhamsted’s newest bike emporium (run by committee member and long-time Aston Hill rider, Mark ‘Triad’ Harris) has got a good range of sparkly hire bikes and he’s doing deals for you fine folk that are travelling sans velo from afar, or are curious to sample a different discipline within the cycling spectrum.

Mark’s fleet covers everything from kid’s rigs to downhill demons, including some of those quick big-wheeled XC steeds. Prices start at £35 for a day (with subsequent days being cheaper) and he’s got a whole range of options to tell you about, including one that will ferry you from Lovelo Cycle Works to Aston Hill with a bike, body armour and day pass in hand. How’s that for service?

Lovelo Cycle Works in based in Berkhamsted, a short stroll from the mainline train station and just off the high street. They can be contacted at and you can even talk to them on the old dog and bone at 01442 873000.

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Aston Hill Member Exclusive - Madison iceBike 2012

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Our friends and supporters at are offering free passes to the first 50 Members who send us an email with the word ICEBIKE in the subject field. Please include your name and membership number too, and make sure you can attend on the day! 

Send to anarchy [at] rideastonhill [dot] co [dot] uk (and replace the ‘at’ and ‘dot’ to make an email address, obviously!)

Check out the official Madison press release:

As long-time supporters of Aston Hill, we at Madison thought it would be nice to offer up something special to all you Aston Hill members.

The yearly Madison internal trade show, iceBike* is a yearly occurrence where dealers and the press get to come along to our Milton Keynes distribution centre and see all the latest and great products from the likes of Saracen, Genesis, Giro, GoPro, Shimano and all the over brands that we distribute. This is always a strictly internal trade affair, but this year for the first time we are opening up our Press day on the afternoon of Thursday 23rd of February to Aston Hill members!

Not only will you get to see loads of shiny new kit and prototypes before anyone else, you’ll also be guests at the Madison Saracen team launch, be the first to see an exclusive 3D Chris Akrigg edit and be in the company of one of England’s finest exports, Steve Peat.

We’ve got 50 places to give away to the first 50 people to respond!