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Last year, a shining light in both the sport of Mountain Biking & many peoples lives; Jaymie Mart, sadly passed away. It came as a great shock to those she had touched in her 31 years of a life that was lived to the absolute fullest.
Jaymie never worked at Dales, but was a friend to some of its employees & gave nutritional advice to some of Dales' Mountain Bike race team members, resulting in those individuals approaching the business to see if they might be intested in helping the Jayfest cause. As a result, Dales Cycles offered to put up the finance for the Jayfest website & its ongoing upkeep. Adam (Jaymie's brother & Co-Director of The Jaymie Mart Foundation) accepted the offer & now we're delighted to be able to keep Jaymie's light burning through the foundation & wish them all the best with the first Jayfest festival in June!
Today it was announced that there will be a brand new, innovative and exciting mountain biking festival hosted in Innerleithen, Scotland, which will take place from 14thto 16th June 2013. Jayfest will host an invigorating range of mountain biking events, complemented by a multitude of supporting events over the course of the weekend. Jayfest aims to promote biking, the arts, fun and laughter, all in the stunning setting of the glorious 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 top 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. It is the aim of The Foundation to nurture and support both socially and financially, talented downhill riders in their future careers, in the hope that they grow to become successful athletes of the future, and go on to compete on the world stage.
The festival is dedicated to 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 herlife, 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.
Festival Co-Director Adam Mart issued a statement saying "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 bikingpedigree. It's going to be absolutely awesome!"
For more information and event listings please visit: www.jayfest.co.uk
Jayfest facebook HERE
Jayfest twitter HERE
Jaymie's brother & Co-Director of the Jaymie Mart Foundation recently appeared on BBC Radio Cumbria & gave an insight into Jayfest & told everybody a little bit more about his sister who was dubbed "The Barbadian Bullet" after she raced for Barbados (yes Barbados) at the Downhill Mountain Bike World Championships. You can listen to this program segment by clicking on the player below.