First, let’s get this out of the way; this year’s Eliminator track is absolutely, ridiculously, brilliantly amazing fun – on any bike. I honestly thought I might die laughing during practice the other night I was having so much fun! What a way to go that would be…….Thanks to Collective Trax and SSE we have some choice new trail features which have transformed this track into something really special. We have a start ramp to give you easy speed for the fantastic new top set of doubles. You can catch some BIG air here if that’s your thing, or like the rest of the track it’s roll-able so you can keep your wheels on the ground if you want. We have also installed a sender nicknamed the “Ski-Jump” a bit further down the hill. Tom from Collective Trax has very kindly sprayed metre marks on the landing up to 15m(!) so there may well be a prize up for grabs for the rider who catches the biggest air off this. It’s not as scary as at sounds and again it’s all roll-able, but if you don’t fancy the look of it you can take the left fork onto the Slalom Line and head into the forest that way. We then have two brand new ribbons of gorgeous, swooping singletrack through the woods that spit you out through the event village at full pelt and across the optional road gap into a brand new Crazy Crops slalom.IT IS SO. MUCKIN. GOOD.
Whichever route you decide to take, once again the Eliminator track has far exceeded our expectations and will make you whoop and laugh all the way to the bottom.
What a shame that in a week’s time the fences will be back up, the sheep will be home from their holidays and this fantastic track will be no more.
So when will the Eliminator return?
We’ll have to see if the numbers stack up after the event before that can be decided. If the numbers don’t stack up this may be the last ever Eliminator, it’s a huge undertaking and takes a lot of time and money to organise, but losing the event for good would be a big loss to mountain biking in Scotland as in my eyes there is no other race quite like it.
We still have a few places available and are really keen to get them filled, so please take this opportunity to enter THE most unique and fun mountain bike event in Scotland. It could be your only chance.
You can either as a racer, or as a rider and Alpine Bikes are bringing their demo fleet of awesome new metal and carbon on Saturday, so for £38 you can ride the track all day, catch the uplift as many times as you like between 8.30am and 5pm and test out loads of posh new bikes, and for £75 you can have all this, plus a full day of racing again on the Sunday.
If you don’t want to ride, the kids can enter the kid’s races and play around on the bike tracks while you have a couple of drinks at the bar and watch some brilliant head2head racing. No matter what you choose to do, all of these things will help us make the event viable in future so we’d love to see you there.Anyway, it’s definitely happening this weekend and that’s all that matters right now, the future is in, erm, the future, so here are a few things you should know about the most fun biking weekender on the planet if you are lucky enough to be racing. *For full details and schedule of the rest of the weekend’s activities and the different tickets available please refer to The Eliminator page on this website*
Head2Head Race Rules
Practice (9am – 3pm Saturday)
- Registration opens at 8am and the first uplift will load up at 8.20am.
- Rider briefing at 8.15 and 8.45am in main tent
- You can line up against any other rider during practice.
- You can have as many uplifts and practice runs as you like between 9am and 3pm.
- Practice is untimed.
Qualification (3pm – 5pm Saturday)
- Choose a rider to pair up with for your timed qualification runs.
- Each rider must complete two timed qualification runs WITH THE SAME OPPONENT.
- Each rider must complete one run on the left-hand lane and one run on the right-hand lane.
- Your times will be combined to give you a “seeding” to determine who you will line up against in round 1 of the Elimination tournament on Sunday.
- Seeding results and Elimination tournament table will be revealed in the main tent @5.45pm-ish.
Elimination Tournament (9am – 5pm Sunday)
- Rider briefing is at 8.10am in main tent. You will already be registered.
- The first uplift will load up at 8.20am.
- Pair up with your round 1 opponent prior to catching the uplift.
- Start line marshal chooses your lane by tossing a coin.
- You can change lanes during Elimination rounds if it’s safe to do so and doesn’t cause the other rider to change course or brake suddenly. ANY RIDER SUSPECTED TO HAVE CAUSED AN ACCIDENT, FORCED A RIDER OFF COURSE OR CUT THE COURSE WILL FACE IMMEDIATE DISQUALIFICATION.
- Elimination rounds are untimed. First rider to cross the finish line wins the round. If you win, you go back to the uplift to race in the next round. If you lose a race, you will be relegated to the lower tier on the table. If you lose a second race, you will be eliminated from the Head2Head tournament.
- No riders will be eliminated for the first two rounds.
- If you are in the first wave of eliminated riders you must return to the event village immediately to start the Barley Dual Slalom Tournament.
- If you are eliminated from the tournament before 3.40pm please post a timed lap on the Pumptrack. Top 10 fastest riders on the Pumptrack will be entered into the Pumptrack finals.
- If you have a full face helmet, goggles/riding glasses, back protector and body armour, please wear them. They won’t protect you if they’re at home!
- Do not overtake riders at silly places on the course and risk disqualification. The trail splits on two separate trails in the Woods and in the Barley, this is your best opportunity to get in front!
- If the rider in front of you and takes the left hand line, please take the right hand line to reduce the chance of a collision on course.
- If you come up behind a slower rider, shout politely “Rider passing on left/right!” and wait for a safe place to pass.
- Please use practice sessions to get used to the grip levels available on the different sections and the size of the jumps and drops.
- Helmets must be worn at all times while riding bikes AND when on the uplift.
- Trail Tots will be hosting bike races and fun activities for under 6 pedallers and non-pedallers throughout the weekend. Race entry is £4 payable on the day and includes race number board and certificate. *Times may vary
Age 6 – 13 years
- We have a lovely wee mile-long loop for ages 6 to 13 that even includes a run down the infamous Crazy Crops Slalom! It’s an exciting wee course and parents can chaperone younger riders if they wish. We’ll grid riders by age, with the eldest riders in front and the youngest at the back. It’s a one lap race and the first rider back wins. Medals for top three in each category.
Categories: Under 14 – Under 12 – Under 10 – Under 8. Time (approx.) – 1pm -2pm Sunday Race entry is £5 payable on the day and includes race number board, certificate and Alpine Bikes Goody Bag.
- The Bike Park is open from 10am ’til 5pm Saturday and Sunday and consists of a Pumptrack and a Skills Course. Cost is £5 per wristband (Head2Head riders FOC) and this is valid for the whole weekend. No age limit.
- Brendybop face painter will be present from 10am – 2pm on Sunday and Helena’s Barefoot Books kid’s storytelling sessions will take place in the bell tent on Saturday and Sunday 11am – 3pm. These are included in the wristband price.
- There will be live music in the bar on the Saturday night from 6-8pm. Entry is free.
- There is a women’s only, non-competitive scenic ride along the Fife Coastal Path from 5 – 7pm on Saturday. Entry is £5 online or £8 on the day.
- Camping passes are available at £5 per person per night. Under 14’s go free. Under 18’s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
The only other thing you need to know is….you’re about to have one Muckin’ Good Weekend down on the farm. Hope to see you there!