Mountain bike challenge in memory of Weymouth marine James Wright

Dorset Echo: BIG REACH: Riders at last year’s event. BIG REACH: Riders at last year’s event.

GET on track and smash a mountain bike challenge in memory of Weymouth marine James Wright this coming weekend.

Back for the third year The Big Reach Mountain Bike Charity Challenge 2014, at Rogershill Raceway near Bere Regis, promises to be bigger and better than ever.

The challenge is open to anyone of any ability and this year will feature a one-hour competitive stage for the more experienced off-road mountain biker, followed by the two-hour Big Reach event, which will feature shorter easier route options.

The event, on Sunday, June 29, is run by the family of Royal Marine James Wright in tribute to James from 42 Commando who died aged 22 after an attack on his base in Afghanistan in 2011.

He received the nickname ‘Big Reach’ after befriending a wrestler of that name in New York and his family created the event as James loved mountain biking and motocross.

Weymouth’s Air FM will be covering the event and there will be music from Under the Carousel and other acts. Profits from the event will go to Scotties Little Soldiers and the Royal Marine Charitable Trust.

The idea of the challenge is that it’s not a race, it’s a challenge against the terrain and the clock and designed as a test of spirit and determination.

Riders can go as individuals or in a team and do a relay.

James’s father Dave Wright said: “If you enjoy cycling, music and a party atmosphere this is the event to do.”

He added: “This event has proved to be great tribute to James and one I am sure he would have loved to have been involved with.”

He said the most memorable events from last year’s event were seeing the families riding together. He said: “Everyone appeared to have a fun day and there was great sportsmanship.”

Advanced registration forms are available from Mud Sweat and Gears in Weymouth on 01305 784849 or by visiting mudsweatngears.co.uk

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