I hope you’ve had a great start to a lovely, dry Spring and you’re managing to get out and make the most of those dry trails.
Time is marching on towards our next event, Cream o’ the Croft, and my feet have barely touched the ground lately (anybody looking for a completely unpaid full-time PR/Admin/Marketing/Coffee Making/I.T./Social Media position in an up-and-coming events business?!)
Things are coming together nicely for “Scotland’s Mountain Bike Festival” and the schedule is just about nailed, so it’s about time we shared the delicious details for the weekend. Listed below are a few things you should know about Cream o’ the Croft and some other stuff you probably couldn’t give two Mucks about!
Firstly, after speaking to a few riders it was decided the name of our “Cream o’ the Croft MTB Champs” should be changed to a less intimidating and confusing name. It turns out a few riders weren’t sure if they were going to be good enough to compete in the “Championship” and some of them didn’t really understand what the hell it was. Fair enough!
I’m always banging on about it but it’s probably worth reminding you that every Muckmedden event is about riding great trails and having a great time. Some people will take them more seriously than others and be faster than others but at the end of the day it’s all about the craic.
Possibly this wasn’t coming across with “The Champs” so the main race at Cream o’ the Croft will now be called the “Funduro” because it’s a multi-stage Enduro that’s all about having fun.
Just like when the Marathon chocolate bar changed it’s name to Snickers though, the contents are exactly the same as before. Every rider will still be timed on 8 awesome stages, from Pumptrack to Dual Slalom and Hill Climb to Black Downhill and the winners will still be crowned “Cream o’ the Croft”.
So, now that’s out of the way, here is the schedule for the weekend along with a list of Cream o’ the Croft FAQ’s to show you why you simply can’t miss this one!
What is Cream o’ the Croft?
Cream o’ the Croft is a family-friendly festival packed full of amazing mountain bike racing, fun activities, delicious food and drink and live music. Mix in some camping, beautiful surroundings and a whole host of fun activities for all ages and we have one fantastic weekend lined up!
Where is it, and when?
The festival will be held at the award winning green tourism destination Comrie Croft (around an hour’s drive from Glasgow and Edinburgh) and will be held from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th June. Comrie Croft is located just off the A85 between Crieff and Comrie, in Perthshire, Scotland, PH7 4JZ. Directions here: http://www.comriecroftbikes.co.uk/the-start/comrie-croft-bikes-location/
Who’s organising it?
The festival is a team effort between 3 principle players. The hosts are Comrie Croft and Comrie Croft Bikes and they are in charge of the fantastic venue and trails. The bike racing will be organised by the awesome Muckmedden team, purveyors of the UK’s most ridiculously fun mountain bike events, and Hansen’s Kitchen are keeping everyone fed and watered with a range of delicious locally-sourced food and drink treats.
Mountain Bike Racing.
On Saturday, the main event is a super-fun multi-stage Enduro (let’s call it a Fun-duro) for riders aged 14 and over. Riders will be timed on everything, from Pumptrack, to Black Downhill, to XC, to Dual Slalom – and everything in between! The name says it all really….
On Sunday the SMBC will host several fun MTB races and coaching sessions for kids of all abilities from aged 2.5 to 13 years old. There will be a shorter track for smaller kids and a longer track for the bigger ones and spectator vantage points are fantastic for parents to give the kids the encouragement they need to keep going for another lap.
What tickets do I need to buy?
As there are lots of age categories for the racing and loads of accommodation options, race entry and camping tickets are separate.
If you’re coming for the full weekend to camp, glamp and soak up the atmosphere you’ll need a weekend festival pass for each person in your group. This buys each person a camping and activity wristband that entitles you to take part in all non-competitive events, entertainment and activities throughout the weekend (exclusions apply).
If you fancy some bike racing action, you’ll also need to buy a race entry ticket. *Kid’s race entries are payable at registration on the day*
If you just want to come to soak up the atmosphere for a day and head home again you can buy a day ticket at the gate for £5 per person. Under 6 entry is free.
Tickets are available now via our Eventbrite page https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cream-o-the-croft-tickets-15422247357
Friday 26th - Gates open at 3pm and festival activities start at 7.30pm. Please arrive before 11pm.
Saturday 27th – Gates open at 7am and race registration (Funduro) opens at 8.30am.
Sunday 28th – Gates open at 8am and race registration (SMBC kid’s races) opens at 9am.
Can I bring my dog/cat/budgie?
Scooby Doo is welcome. Chopper and Fang can come too, so long as they behave themselves. There are sheep and chickens around so as long as they are kept under control all pets are welcome. Please make sure you bring the little plastic baggies to clean up the poop. We won’t help you recapture your llama if it escapes though, that’s your problem.
We have so much space for camping, with a large camping area near to the main car park where you can pitch up beside your vehicle. You’re welcome to bring your campervan/caravan in here too if you want to pitch up next to your friends. This is the where to camp if you don’t mind a little liveliness!
We have two quiet camping areas. The first is located in the bottom corner of the main camping area and you can camp next to your vehicle. The second quiet area is in The High Meadow, which is located further up the hill, away from the music arena. You’ll have to leave your vehicle at the bottom of the hill if you’re camping up there but the views are sublime!
Campervans & Caravans
Of course you can! We have an area of hard standing which will allow a decent number of caravans, and campervans, and the camping field is also ok for campervans.
Other accommodation options
Comrie Croft Hostel is right in the heart of the festival and has several family rooms, plus a whole bunch of Swedish Kata tents available for the weekend. Please contact email@example.com if you’d like to upgrade to something a bit posher.
Can we have a campfire?
Not this weekend I’m afraid. We will be having a few communal fire areas but no individual fires will be allowed for safety reasons. A bigger fire means more fun though, so bring along a guitar and get your ging gang goolies out, just be careful they don’t get burnt!
Toilets and showers
There will be ample toilets and showers for use over the weekend. There will be portaloos near the camping field, a composting toilet block in the High Meadow, plumbed-in shower block, plus toilets and showers at the normal campsite facilities.
Food and Drink
One of the attractions at Cream O’ the Croft will be the choice of quality food and drink available. Hansen’s Kitchen are running the bar and will be serving up all manner of delicious edibles over the course of the three days.
You are welcome to bring along food and drink but only for consumption at your campsite. If you wish to cook anything, it will have to be on a proper camping stove – no barbeques disposable or otherwise, for safety reasons. Be a responsible camper – any rubbish you create, please take it with you and put it in your bin at home!
Cash points & Shops
There are several cash machines in Crieff (5 miles from the site) and one in Comrie (2 miles).
There is also an on-site shop at Comrie Croft which sells basic supplies, camping spares, juice and sweets etc. The nearest largish shop is the co-op supermarket in Crieff and there are a couple of small grocery stores in Comrie.
Comrie Croft Bikes is on-site, supplying a great selection of parts and accessories, gloves, pads, helmets, new bikes and all the stuff you’d expect from a local bike shop – including repairs if you’re stuck!
First Aid & Insurance
We have full public liability cover (but all participants take part in races at their own risk) and we have top notch first aid cover for the whole weekend, capable of accessing the trickier to reach parts of the bike trails.
We have a pile of tremendous prizes to give away over the course of the weekend courtesy of our lovely sponsors, and you don’t even need to be fastest to win a prize! We’ll be having a random raffle for race entrants after the race and if you’re name’s called out you’ve won something nice!
Is there anything else going on apart from bike racing?
Loads of stuff! Such as a giant water slide, demo bikes, pedal-powered cinema, live music, petting zoo, craft fair and bike jumble. Or you could just admire the pretty sky until you nod-off in a hammock.
I’m worried about the weather, will I be too hot?
It is likely. It’s well known that Comrie has its own unusual micro climate where it only rains as little as 50% of the year. Bring a hat. And sunscreen. And a brolly. And wellies, and flip flops…..and maybe a snorkel.
I’d like to be a festival attraction/exhibitor/volunteer.
You want to bring along your bendy bungee bike, promote your bobbly biking berets or offer to help out at the festival? Great, just email: firstname.lastname@example.org we’d love to hear from you!