Marathon or Snickers?

April 12th, 2015
by Aaron

Hi Muckers!

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!

Cream o' the Croft Schedule

FAQ’s

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

Opening times

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.

Camping

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 info@comriecroft.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.

Bike Shop

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.

Prizes

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: colin@comriecroft.com we’d love to hear from you!

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The Muckin’ results are in!

March 9th, 2015
by Aaron

It’s only 6hours right?  Wrong.  It’s the toughest 6hours you’ve ever ridden and the Muckin’ results are in!

Massive congratulations to Martin Graham (Midlothian Velo Sportif) for taking the overall Solo win with a scarcely believable 9 laps (06:12:32).

Local rider Conner Johnstone (Leslie Bike Shop) was fastest U18 (8 laps – 06:00:06), Amy Hickman (Pedals Bike Care) was fastest female (7 laps – 06:57:46) and fastest Pair overall were David Glover and David McCulloch (Mukyriderz) (9 laps – 06:11:38).

Seasoned endurance racers have confirmed it to be the toughest XC course ever so well done if you took part, you deserve a day off now!

Thanks to all the Muckmarshals and the SMBC for being such an amazing team and to Alpine Bikes for butchering my bike to keep other riders going (and re-building it again).  Thanks also to our other sponsors Perthshire Flooring, Alechemy, Horizon Watches, Mudhugger, Scottoiler, Wigwam Mills, Haglofs UK and Thursday Shirts for the fantastic prizes for our random raffle and to everyone else who played a part in making it such a fantastic weekend.

If you were at prize-giving you may notice a couple of changes in the podium positions from yesterday.  We can only apologise if you missed your moment of hard-earned glory on the podium, but through nobody’s fault there were a few timing gremlins and some of the yesterday’s results were inaccurate.

Durty Events have worked tirelessly all day to iron them out and have confirmed these results are almost certainly correct but please count them as provisional for the time being just in case.

Let us know if you’ve moved up a position and you’d like to upgrade your medal to a better model.  If you have been knocked off the podium or down a position we can swap it for the next one down if you feel guilty, or just keep it and tell everyone you did better than you actually did :-)  If you are suddenly a medal winner and haven’t received a medal please let us know.

The bottom line is, every one of you deserves a Muckin’ medal but that’s not entirely practical.  Hopefully you picked up one of our cracking prizes at the random raffle instead.

See you at Cream o’ the Croft in June!

Muckmedden 6hour Results v7

Official photo gallery

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6hour – Directions, parking, schedule and other gubbins

March 2nd, 2015
by Aaron

6Hour Race Plates 2015

Yo crazy Muddamuckers, it’s almost time to kick-off the 2015 season on some real trails at this weekend’s 6hour!

Solo and Pairs entries are still available online until Wed at midnight, if there are still spaces we’ll take a few entries on the day (£45 Solo/£90 pair)Eventbrite - Muckmedden 6hour

Here are some things you need to know about the weekend:

Getting there: From Auchtermuchty (KY14 7HS) – Turn off the Newburgh Road (B936) into Mournipea and follow the road into Pitmedden.

From Perth direction – (PH29LT) – Turn off the A913 between Aberargie and Abernethy (signposted Scottish off-road driving centre) follow the road for 1.8miles and look for the Pitmedden entrance on the LHS.

Parking: Pitmedden is not the best place for parking but we have a cunning plan that will work well if everyone follows the instructions of the Parking Marshals.  All vehicles will be instructed to turn around and park at designated areas on the verge facing the exit, allowing space for vehicles to pass on the fireroad.  The earlier you arrive, the closer your space will be the event village.

Gazebos/Pits:  Pits space is at a premium so if you’re looking to set up gazebos and pits please arrive as early as possible.  Please ask parking marshals for the best place to set up (state the size of pitch you need).  Feel free to set up on the verge behind your vehicle provided it leaves enough space for vehicles to pass on the fireroad.

Trade Stands: Alpine Bikes will be selling nice shiny bits and gear all weekend as well as providing mechanical support to any poor unfortunates who need it.  Thursday Shirts will be setting up shop on Sunday to show off their lovely MTB inspired clothing range.

Refreshments:  Aye Coffee will be serving delicious hot and cold drinks and sweet and savoury snacks in the event village all weekend.

Scottoiler UBS Wash Station: Scottoiler have kindly sponsored our bike wash so riders can clean their bike at the end of the day and coat them with their amazing new lube system “Ultimate Bike Solution”.

Saturday 7th March

Trail Tots coaching sessions -

Trail Tots will run balance bike coaching sessions throughout the day from 10am – 3pm along with our “M is for Monkey” bike check sessions.  Details of session times are as follows:

10:00 – Balance Babies : Suitable for younger children (aged from two and a half upwards), or children who have little or no balance bike experience.

11:30 – Balance Basics: Suitable for children who want to smooth out their turns and work on their gliding.

12:30 – Balance Basics: Suitable for children who want to smooth out their turns and work on their gliding.

14:00 – Balance Buddies: Suitable for slightly older children (approximately 4 – 6 years of age) who are nearly ready for a pedal bike and are looking to perfect their gliding, turning and control on a balance bike.

Coaching sessions will be £6.00 for 30 minutes (payable on the day) and bikes and helmets can be provided. “M is for Monkey” bike check sessions are £2 and come with a child’s Trail Tots wristband. Supervising adults will be expected to stay for duration of the session and must sign an appropriate consent form.

Kingdom Crits (Round 1) -

The fantastic Kingdom Crits is a MTB race series for aspiring mountain bike racers from 6 – 18 to get their first taste of bike racing in a fun, safe environment.  Mukyriderz are running this round, the first of the 2015 series, and have a coupe of great courses sussed out for all age categories.

9am – Registration opens

Click here for full details of race times and to enter races (£5 online/£8 on the day)

Sunday 8th March

Muckmedden 6hour -

Registration: Riders can pre-register on Saturday or registration opens at 7.30am on Sunday.

Pre-race safety briefing: 8.45am on the starting grid

Mass start: 9am (or as near as possible!)

Course closes: 6hours after start (riders on course will be allowed to finish their current lap)

Medal ceremony: 4pm (or as near as possible!)

Random Prize Raffle: After the medal ceremony every rider has the chance to win the following prizes.  Names will be chosen at random but if the winning rider is not present at prize-giving a replacement name will be drawn.

Surely that’s got to be worth hanging around for?

See you at the weekend Muckers!!

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Muckmedden 2015 – Events Calendar

February 5th, 2015
by Aaron

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#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?!

Muckmedden

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

Eventbrite - Muckmedden 6hour

 

#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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