#muckmedden2015 is go!!

December 3rd, 2014
by Aaron

Muckmedden 6hr 2015Life’s a bit weird isn’t it?  The tiniest, most seemingly insignificant decision can pick your life up and put it back down facing in the opposite direction.  But you can’t ever go back the way, only forwards.

Three and a half years ago I was sitting on a glue bucket on my piece-break.  I was waiting for a floor to dry to get some tiles fitted because that was my job (that I always hated).  I’d been day-dreaming for a wee while about organising a race on my local trails in Pitmedden and wondering what the imaginary race would be called.

“The Trans-Border Cup” (because Pitmedden covers Fife and Perthshire) was one of many ideas, “Pitmudden” was another.  There were some right stinkers, Mudmedden, Muckmedden……..Muckmedden?  That sounds alright actually.  Quite Scottish, aye that would do.

I started doodling in my note pad and came up with the picture at the top of this post.  I took it home after work, got my daughters’ pencil case out and coloured it in like a five year old.  Things then took another step forward after a chance meeting with Gareth Christie Digital Artist and Table Football Legend, who said he could “digitalise” the image for me.  When he came back with the awesome piece of artwork below, I felt for the first time like this idea might become a reality.  How do you organise a Mountain Bike Race anyway?!

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The last three years have been a blur of figuring out how to organise events, meeting 100’s of new friends and contacts, learning how to type (still working on that one), learning how to use social media (and that one), going to meetings and conferences, speaking in public (I don’t think I’ll ever master that one!) getting very little sleep and hardly ever riding my bike.

Pretty knackering and at times very stressful.  So, I’ve just packed-in my day job to see if I can become an Event Organiser for a living which is pretty Muckin’ Weird, but thankfully not half as weird as this guy’s Baseball Cap hair-do……..

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So, moving onwards and upwards to 2015 I genuinely cannae wait to get started.  I’d like to quickly thank everyone who has helped in any way so far and to our Sponsors for their continued support, it wouldn’t happen without you guys and hopefully we can continue this Muckin’ Journey together for a while to come.

For 2015 we’ve got the whole spectrum of Mountain Biking right here in Tayside within an hour and a half of 90% of Scotland’s population so why go anywhere else?!  Whether it’s XC Endurance, Head2Headl Downhill through a Barley Field, Whip-Off Contests or Fancy-Dress Enduro we’ve got it covered.  And don’t even get me started on our exciting new Festival of MTB at Comrie Croft in June (read on for a sneak preview of that one!)

Check out this little lot to find out what delights we have in store just for your pleasuuuuuure…………

Muckmedden 6hourEndurance XC

Sunday March 8th

Pitmedden, Perthshire/Fife, Scotland

“Probably the best/hardest XC Course Ever!” – Huw Oliver – Winner Muckmedden 2012

We’re (literally) coming back to our roots with this one.  After a three year absence we’re returning to the beautiful, gnarly, relentless trails of Pitmedden as we roll out the Muckmedden 6hour Endurance XC Mountain Bike Race!  Yeeeehaaaw!!!

  • Technical, natural, awesome, gnarly, rooty, fast, steep, fun, knackering.
  • Solo or Pair.
  • Race pace or Snail’s pace, it’s up to you. 

Just make sure you’re there or you’ll have to wait another three years ’til the next one!

*”Santa Special” discounted entries open 9pm – 6th December (£10 off per entry!)  *Offer ends Dec 31st

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#muckmedden 6hour

Comrie Croft (opens in a new window) Cream O’ the Croft – Mountain Bike Festival 

June 26th to 28th

Comrie Croft, Crieff, Perthshire, PH7 4JZ

Take 15km of Blue, Red and Black trails, Bike Park & Skills Tracks, 2x Hostels, countless Camping & Camper Pitches, a smattering of traditional Nordic “Katas”, a Licenced Bar, Live Music, on-site Bike Shop, Camping Shop and Tea Room and sprinkle in some Muckin’ Magic.  What have you got? 

Our brand-new mid-summer festival of Mountain Biking at Comrie Croft – that’s what!!!!

We’ll have loads of non-competitive activities and entertainment throughout the weekend and for the competitive element we’ve decided to do something a bit different.  We thought we’d put together a multi-discipline showdown using every scrap of trail available to find out who really is “Cream O’ the Croft”?  Think of it kind of like Crankworx for “regular” riders.

Not very fast on the timed Hill Climb or XC “Hot Lap”?  Worry not, you can claw some time back on the Blue, Red and Black descents.  Got humped in the Dual Slalom?  Get your own back on the “Chainless Pumptrack Challenge” or Bike Park “Whip-Off” Contest. 

Maaan, this is gonna be good!!

  • Family friendly MTB Festival
  • Multiple events
  • Live music
  • Kids entertainment
  • Amazing venue with fantastic facilities

*Entries open January 2015!

#creamOthecroft

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“The most fun I’ve had since my wedding night!” Eliminator 2013 entrant

25th & 26th July

Parkhill Farm, Newburgh, Fife

It’s back!!  The Eliminator Head2Head Downhill Race is the one and only pitches XC Whippets squarely against Downhill Storm-Troopers on equal ground!

This is all about going faster than the other guy down a a super-fun dual track, and with no 50ft gap jumps or 4 metre drop-offs to negotiate the Eliminator track can be ridden just as fast on a Carbon Hardtail as it can on a Downhill Bike.  We’re talking high speed and flowing with some big kickers if you want to hit them, this is simply the most fun you’ll have all year with your clothes on (we’re assuming you’ll have clothes on)

  • Family-friendly, mid-summer Mountain Bike Event with a chilled-out festival atmosphere
  • Local Ale Tent, Music and Children’s activities.
  • Brand-new, purpose built uplift road to take riders from bottom to top in 6 minutes
  • Electrifying head2head racing set against a stunning backdrop
  • On-site Camping pitches with breathtaking views of the River Tay
  • Head2Head racing suitable for any bike from Hardtail to Downhill Bike
  • Super-fun track with open hillside, forest Singletrack and Crazy Crops Barley Slalom to finish!
  • SMBC Balance Bike Racing & Youth Dirt-Crit

Entries open January 2015!

#theeliminator

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“One of the best weekends we’ve ever had on our bikes!” The RAF DH Team

26th & 27th September

Reid Park, Forfar, Angus

2014 Promo Video – http://youtu.be/eB8URJyHqio

After the enormous success of our first ever Angus Cycling Festival in 2014, Angus Cycle Hub, The SMBC and Muckmedden are joining forces with several other race series, organisations and Cycling Clubs for 2015 to make the festival bigger and better than ever!  We are beavering away in the background at the moment, but next year is going to be BIG!!

  • Month long festival of competitive and non-competitive Cycling events in Angus
  • Culminates in a two day “Super Event” at Reid Park
  • Forfar Funduro – Multi-Stage Enduro with superb quarry stages and a Dual Slalom into the event village to finish!
  • Round 6 of SXC – (Scottish Cross-Country Series)
  • Round 2 of BTC – (Big Tree Campervans Youth MTB Series)
  • Live Bands
  • Stunt Airbag
  • Mobile bike tracks
  • Children’s activities
  • Much, much more to be confirmed!

Entries open early 2015!

#anguscyclingfestival

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“A spectacular event that could easily happen more than once a year. Next year can’t come quickly enough!” Wideopenmag 

25th October,

South Inch, Perth

Does this event need any introduction?  Probably.

This is the proper, grown-up, multi-stage MTB Enduro that you can dress like a giant fish and nobody bats an eyelid!  Starting and finishing in the beautiful City of Perth, this is where Mountain Bikers have the option to dress up as Transvestites, Superheros, Busty Lifeguards, Ghostbusters and OMG what is that?(‘s) and shred some super-fun trails.

Year 1 was based in a public park where riders had to complete a hilarious “Special Stage” in front of hundreds of people.  This year we based ourselves in the heart of the historic City Centre of Perth and threw in a few more fabulous forest stages instead.  Next year………….well we’ve got a rather interesting plan simmering away here but you’ll just have to wait and see what it is.

Entries open January 2015!

#faircityenduro

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Fair City Enduro 2014 – Results

October 26th, 2014
by Aaron

Well Muckers, here are the scores on the doors from FCE 2014.

That’s two Muckmedden events we’ve had this year and both have had dry, fast-flowing trails.  We’d better stop this before we get a good name….

Thanks to everyone for going way above the call of duty as always – Sponsors, Volunteers, Family, Timing, SMBC, Riders, Kid’s, Spectators, Medics, Mates, I simply can’t thank you all enough.

A wee break from organising is on the cards before cracking open some Muckin’ BIG news for 2015 which is likely to get you a bit excited!

Fair City Enduro 2014 – Results

Have a nosey at PK Perspective’s superb shots from the weekend too.  If you were at the event, you’re almost certainly in here somewhere..

http://pkperspective.zenfolio.com/p942707251

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Don’t fear The Reaper……..

October 14th, 2014
by Aaron

 

It’s Fair City Enduro time!

It’s quite unbelievable that a whole year has passed since 300 Mountain Bikers – including an Oompa Loompa, Popeye, a Flamingo, two Giant Chickens, Penelope Pitstop, Batman and the King of Rock ‘n Roll, descended on Perth for the first ever Fair City Enduro.  I think it’s safe to say it went off big time!  (Click here to read what Enduro Mountainbike Magazine had to say about last year’s event in case you weren’t lucky enough to be there)

As well as the fancy-dress Enduro, the Family Fun Day was also a big hit.  The Stunt Airbag was getting big licks all day, The SMBC’s whacky kids races had a fantastic support and potential new bike buyers treated themselves to a test ride on some MTB exotica on our test track.

After the dust had settled after the event we sent a survey to all the Muckers who took part, to find out what was and wasn’t popular.  So we’ve taken your comments on board and made a few Muckin’ Tweaks to make FCE even better than last year!

Firstly, it’s not really Fair City Enduro if it’s not actually in the City, so we’re picking the whole shebang up and moving into St John’s Place for the weekend!  Now it’s Fair City Enduro…

Apart from a couple of minor details feedback was overwhelmingly positive and you reported that the quality of the riding was superb – you just want more of it!  So this year you’ve got 6 absolutely belting stages to enjoy.

Here’s a wee taster:

Stage 1 – Sponsored by Progression Bikes is a short, steep, tough little Mucker that is undoubtedly the most physical stage of the day.  If you entered FCE last year, you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about…..we call it “The Regurgitator”.

Stage 2 – Sponsored by Basecamp Bikes is steep, twisting and technical with more than a few drops and blind turns to catch riders out.  Welcome to “Blair Witch”.

Stage 3 – Sponsored by Alpine Bikes  Let’s just say there’s a lovely new natural top section that leads to Forestry Commission Scotland’s awesome “Deuchney Bike Park”, how could we leave that out?!  Calling all show-offs……whip out yer Whips!

Stage 4 – Sponsored by Halgofs UK is another new addition to the event and it’s fast, fast, Muckin’ faaast!  Rock slab, slip, grip, braaake, rumble, drift, pop-off, shred, pop-off, braaake, drift…….that’s “The Squirrel Run”.

Stage 5 – Sponsored by Kona UK is yet another brand new descent for this year’s event and it starts with an innocent looking mossy rock slab.  Don’t be fooled by “The Rocky Knoll” – it’s no push-over – but once you’ve made it safely past, it’s high-speed and high-jinks to the bottom of the stage.

Stage 6 – Sponsored by Escape Route “The Cliff Run” is another stage that needs no introduction.  Have we saved the best for last?  That’s up to you to decide, but it’s a stunning ribbon of Singletrack to end a phenomenal day on the bike.

You also wanted shorter queues as apparently hot-pants aren’t that warm in Scotland at the end of October – who knew?!  This year riders will be filtering from the event village in waves of 30 riders every 10 minutes (from 9.30am), according to their race number.  This should spread the pack and help keep Hypothermia at bay for those riders who have forgotten to wear any clothes.

So here’s what you can expect at Fair City Enduro 2014:

Event Schedule

Parking:  Follow the AA signs marked “Fair City Enduro Parking”.  This will take you to the South Inch car park and from there it’s a short walk up Princes Street and into the event village in St John’s Place.  There will be an attendant and signage to keep you right.

Saturday 25th October – Family Fun Day

*All activities and races are included in the £3 wristband (apart from Airbag) and are available from the Muckmedden tent:

  • Trade Stands with top-notch demo bikes to test ride – including the very latest E-Bikes! (photo id required)
  • Stunt Airbag (£10 all-day pass available from the Muckmedden tent – over 12’s)
  • Balance Bike Track (non-pedallers – 6 & Under)
  • Wee Pedal Bike Track (6 & Under)
  • MTB Test Circuit and Skills Course (over 7’s)
  • Peachy Keen – Whacky, human powered contraptions.
  • MacB the Clown
  • Face-Painters
  • Craft Tent
  • Spot prizes for kid’s in Fancy Dress

10am – Activities Open – including pre-registration for Fair City Enduro.

11.30amBalance Bike Eliminator Race- Categories: Aged 3 and under.  Aged 4 to 6 inclusive.

12.15pmWee Muckers Eliminator Race- Categories: Pedallers Aged 6 and under.

1.30pm“Hot Lap Challenge” - Who can complete a lap of the MTB Test Track in the quickest time and win a Muckin’ Medal?

Categories:

Under 8 – born in 2006 or after
Under 10 – born in 2004 or 2005
Under 12 – born in 2002 or 2003
Under 14 – born in 2000 or 2001
Under 16 – born in 1998 or 1999

Aged 16+

E-bike Category

3.00pmAirbag best trick contest
4.00pmClose

Sunday 26th October – Fair City Enduro!

8amRegistration Opens

9.15amCompulsory riders pre-race briefing. 

Free Spectator Shuttle Bus service  starts.  Pick-up at Stand “O” on South Street, Perth.  Drop-off at Deuchney car park.

9.30am – Numbers 1 – 30 (Wave 1)

Riders then leave in waves of 30 riders every 10 minutes.

2.00pm – Last riders on stage at Deuchney Bike Park.  All remaining riders must at least be on transition to Kinnoull Hill.

3.15pm - All timed Stages close and remaining riders must return to the event village.

4.00pm – 5.00pm- Prizegiving

 

Sounds like a laugh doesn’t it!?

Visit the Muckmedden Facebook Page and Twitter feed for regular updates.

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Forfar Funduro – Results & Photos

September 16th, 2014
by Aaron

Well, that’s it.  The very first Angus Cycling Festival is over and what a weekend it was, absolutely brilliant fun.  Even the weather played ball which is a Muckin’ First!  The van’s still packed to the rafters with gear and I’ve got a ton of sorting out to do, so this is just to say thank you to all the Sponsors, Angus Cycle Hub, The SMBC, Angus Bike Chain CC, The Mucky Crew and everyone else who made these events possible (you know who you are).

I say it every time but without you these events wouldn’t be able to happen, so cheers again!

Thanks also to everyone who took part in any of the ACF events over August and September – especially Forfar Funduro (results and photos below).

Next stop; Perth – and the search is on for a new fancy dress outfit! :-)

Results – Forfar Funduro 2014

http://pkperspective.zenfolio.com/f428635143

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Angus Cycling Festival is this weekend!!

September 11th, 2014
by Aaron

ACF square logoHoly Muck, finally Angus Cycling Festival is here and the latest Muckmedden event Forfar Funduro is about come alive this weekend!!

It’s a pretty freaky time running up to race day wondering; “What if nobody turns up?”  What have we forgotten?” “Did I remember to book the bogs?”  Too Muckin’ late, it’s almost here and it’s going to be awesome!

It’s a given that every Muckmedden event has had rain of biblical proportions so I’ve stopped wondering if it’s going to rain and just accept that it’s going to absolutely Muck it down……but guess what?  Whisper it – the trails are bone-dry and running sweet and there is no rain on the forecast!  Could this be the very first Muckmedden event with real-life dusty trails?!

We’ll see…

But whatever happens with the weather we’ve got a cracking weekend planned for all the family and some sun would only be the icing on an already delicious Muckin’ Cake.

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If you’re coming for Forfar Funduro on Sunday, here are some things you should know:

Event parking is at the old Chapel Park School, Academy Road, Forfar, DD8 2HB – about a 7min walk from Reid Park – just follow the signs.. Disabled spaces are available in Reid Park via the Viewmount entrance.

Registration for Forfar Funduro is open at Reid Park from 9am until 4pm on Saturday 13th (Family Fun Day) and from 8.30am until 10.00am on Sunday 14th (Race Day).

You can enter on the day – (£30 – Juvenile), (£35 – Youth/Junior), (£45 – all other categories).

All riders must attend a safety briefing in Reid Park at 9.15am on Sunday 14th.

Riders will set-off in four waves according to their race number.

Numbers 1 – 30 will leave in the first wave at 9.30am
Numbers 31 – 60 will leave in the second wave at 9.50am
Numbers 61 – 90 will leave in the third wave at 10.10am
The remaining riders will leave at 10.30am.

There are 6 separate stages – (4 of which will be ridden twice-  meaning 10 Stages in total!)

The total length of course is about 15 miles-ish.

Stages 1 & 2 in Reid Park run side-by-side to form a “dual slalom”. Riders leave the start line in pairs at roughly 20 second intervals.
The starting Marshal will count each pair in with; 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, GO and each rider must “Dib-In” at the top and dib-out at the bottom, so it’s just like every other stage but you leave the start line in pairs for an extra buzz 

The stages can be ridden in two different orders – Reid Park stages first or Balmashanner stages first. Riders are responsible for making sure they ride every stage and have dibbed in and out properly.

Riders must complete each lane of the dual slalom ONCE and all other stages TWICE.

Now doesn’t that sound like the perfect recipe for a Muckin’ Good Weekend in Angus?  See you there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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