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:
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
- Craft Tent
- Spot prizes for kid’s in Fancy Dress
10am – Activities Open – including pre-registration for Fair City Enduro.
11.30am – Balance Bike Eliminator Race- Categories: Aged 3 and under. Aged 4 to 6 inclusive.
12.15pm – Wee 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?
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
3.00pm – Airbag best trick contest
4.00pm – Close
Sunday 26th October – Fair City Enduro!
8am – Registration Opens
9.15am – Compulsory 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!?
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