Jaymie Mart was a seven times Scottish downhill series winner who tragically died in September last year.
A new Mountain Biking festival, ‘Jayfest’, has been announced, and will be held in her memory in Innerleithen, Scotland, from 14th to 16th June 2013.
Jaymie was a colourful and well known personality in Scottish mountain biking, and although I did not know her, and am not plugged in to the downhill scene, my brother did and was deeply saddened to hear of her passing.
Here is the media information for the event- with pro rider Tracy Mosely, and coaches Emma Guy and Tracy Brunger (formerly of the Glentress Hub) on board it is sure to be a great event.
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 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.
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 biking pedigree. It’s going to be absolutely awesome!”