On the 14-16th June 2013 the beautiful Scottish Borders town of Innerleithen is set to host Jayfest, an exciting, vibrant and genuinely unique new mountain biking festival. Jayfest will serve up an invigorating combination of events for both spectators and downhill mountain bikers of all ages and abilities, from the young’uns just starting out in the saddle, through those who’ve fancied it for years but never tried, to the undisputed world class pros and those who’ve had no fear for more years than they care to remember!
Although the festival will centre around the Jaymie Mart memorial race on the Sunday, the weekend will also feature a kids race on the Saturday along with women only coaching sessions on Friday from Diva Descent. You’ll also find ‘The Marketplace’ – a mini village within the arena where local and national traders sell the finest foods and artistic products. There’s also be tech support on hand, a chill out teepee, kids entertainment, pump track, and nutrition and well being booth. Late on Saturday afternoon a world record attempt at the longest mountain bike train will also take place, where anyone with a mountain bike is encouraged to join in ! This promises much colour and excitement, truly in the spirit of the festival and what it stands for. All this in front of the stunning back drop of the beautiful Tweed valley, a part of Scotland not known to many, but adored by those who do.
Coaching sessions will be available for anyone remotely interested in the sport, with help on hand from top world class coaches Tracy Moseley, Ben Cathro (Sick Skills), Helen Gaskill, Emma Guy, Tracy Brunger and Andy Weir of Tweed Valley based Ridelines. Uplifts are being provided by Northern Downhill & entry to the races is through British Cycling and priced at £55, though entry to the arena will be free.
A peerless offering, Jayfest will have a strong focus on both coaching and the nurturing of new and emerging downhill mountain biking talent at a grass roots level. Money raised will contribute to the backbone of the festival, the Jaymie Mart Foundation, whose aim is to nurture and support both socially and financially, two young and talented downhill riders in their future careers and successes in the hope that they grow to become real future forces, competing on the world stage.
Jayfest carries on into the evening on the Saturday night, with live DJ sets at a local venue from Producers working in a very prominent national radio station. A rare opportunity to catch some of the newest and freshest emerging talent on the circuit, and those involved are very much looking forward to it!
The festival aims to celebrate the life of Jaymie Mart who was a highly successful and truly colourful personality in the worlds of downhill racing, nutrition and business. She was an inspiration to many but tragically she died in September 2012. It is her life which is the inspiration and driving force behind the creation of Jayfest, and it is hoped that this festival will contribute heavily towards her legacy.
The event is being organised by Jaymie’s friends and family to celebrate her life and everything she stood for and believed in. It hopes to champion a wide array of both local and national communities by inviting them to take an active part in this unrivalled festival, and by offering them the opportunity to become part of the Jayfest family.
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