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Festival in memory of Cumbrian mountain bike champion

A mountain biking festival in memory of Cumbria’s “extraordinary” and “unstoppable” mountain bike champion Jaymie Mart is to be held this summer.

Jaymie Mart photo
Jaymie Mart

Jaymie, who used to live in Penrith but had been living in the Borders, died in September last year aged 31.

She was a seven-times elite female Scottish Downhill mountain-bike champion and a silver medallist in the 2010 World Mountain Bike Masters Championships in Brazil.

A former pupil of Beaconside Infant and Junior schools and Ullswater Community College in Penrith, she started mountain biking aged 12 and was competing at 19. She worked at Palace Cycles in Carlisle and as a fitness instructor at the North Lakes Hotel in Penrith before moving to Scotland.

The festival will be held at Innerleithen in Scotland from June 14 to 16.

Organisers say Jaymie was a “highly successful” and “truly colourful personality” in the worlds of downhill racing, nutrition and business. It is her life which is the inspiration behind the creation of Jayfest and it is hoped that this festival will contribute towards her legacy.

The event is being organised by Jaymie’s friends and family to celebrate her life and everything she stood for.

Festival co-director Adam Mart said: “We’re truly excited to be offering this unique, innovative and vibrant event to the mountain biking calendar and to Innerleithen, an area already revered for its rich mountain biking pedigree.”

Jayfest aims to promote biking, the arts, fun and laughter, all in the stunning Tweed Valley.

The weekend will offer a variety of biking coaching sessions and races, and will also including a world record attempt at the longest mountain biking train.

The festival will also include The Marketplace, a chill out teepee, children’s entertainment, pump track, and nutrition and wellbeing booth.

Coaching sessions will be available, with help on hand from world class coaches Tracy Moseley, Ben Cathro (Sick Skills), Helen Gaskell, Emma Guy, Tracy Brunger and Andy Weir of Tweed.

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.

The foundation aims to nurture and support talented downhill riders in their future careers.

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