Fair City Enduro and Falkirk Funduro tickets go live tonight @8pm!

August 28th, 2015
by Aaron

Hey Muckers, how’s it hangin’?

Thought you might like to know that tickets to our last two events of 2015, Fair City Enduro and Falkirk Funduro, go on sale @8pm tonight! (28th August).

We’ve kept our regular entry fees as low as possible this year but you can save an extra few quid* by entering Fair City Enduro before 14th  September and Falkirk Funduro before 28th September!  *Amount varies depending on ticket. 

2015 has been crazily busy so far, with the 6hour, Cream o’ the Croft and The Eliminator all done and dusted and Angus Cycling Festival is looming large, so we’re looking forward to start winding things down (aye right!) with the fancy-dressed extravaganza that is Fair City Enduro on Oct 24th.

Loads of trails have gone after the recent forestry works on Deuchney Hill, so you can expect some brand new trails, the usual mix of fast singletrack and techy stuff with some manicured bike park trails thrown in for fun and as we’re returning to FCE’s spiritual home on the South Inch, we’ll be bringing back an old friend – the hilarious SMBC “Special Stage”!  Prepared to be heckled and cheered by a bunch of randoms, all the more reason to come in disguise….. 

The biggest difference this year is that we’ve re-jigged the format so the Enduro is now on Saturday 24th October, followed by our mtb demo day and family fun day on the Sunday 25th.  This will allow everyone to enjoy our fancy-dress after party on Saturday night to the max, complete with fully-licenced Fire Engine Bar and the wickedest tunes imaginable.  You know those posh, fancy dress masquerade balls you see on period dramas?  It will be exactly like that but with Giraffes and Superheros throwing the shapes.

To finish off an incredible year, we are doing something we’ve never done before, a day & night Enduro – in Falkirk!  Nobody saw that one coming did they?  But like Forfar Funduro last year, Falkirk Funduro has all the makings to be the best event of the year, it’s the quiet ones you have to watch out for….!

If you’re a mountain biking parent you may wish your Wee Mucker could enter a slightly more “adventurous” event than a short circuit Dirt Crit.  Well try this for size because we’ll be holding a proper, multi-stage “Mini Funduro” suitable for ages 6 – 11 with chip-timing – just like the Pros! 

The trails are totally suited to wee wheels and parents are encouraged to chaperone younger riders.  Older riders will complete 3 stages and younger riders will complete 2 stages.

The main Funduro is open to riders 12+ with the option of “Day Only” racing or “Day & Night” racing.  We’ll use the same stages for both, so Day/Night riders will get to ride the stages in the daytime first before strapping on the lights.  This is almost certainly the most exciting thing your kids will do this year!  Again parents are encouraged to chaperone younger, less experienced riders around the course.

If you don’t have kids, lucky you (only joking), don’t be put off by the child-friendly aspect of the event.  This is a proper, grown up day and night Enduro on proper trails and we’ll be giving the faster riders plenty of space on course to let rip on the trails.  

If you’ve ever ridden at Callendar Estate, you’ll know how good the place is for a night ride, it’s perfect to let the brakes off and feel the flow.  At Falkirk Funduro however we’ll be riding some of the trail network in reverse, ducking in and out of the woods and using some completely new “Enduro” lines that you won’t be able to ride at any other time, plus a brand new Red trail will form part of one of the stages.  Niiice.

We’ll be showing off the swanky new Bike Park, state-of-the-art Café and there will be a whole heap of demo bikes to test on the trails if you’re not racing before we round the evening off with a big ol’ bonfire.

Hope you can join us to see the 2015 season out in style!

To enter either event click on the appropriate poster below

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Muckin’ Women

August 19th, 2015
by Aaron

A few months ago Yvonne Hay, female Muckmedden entrant, all round good egg and Empress of the Handlebars, emailed me to say that no other mountain bike event on the planet could compare with the friendly vibe at a Muckmedden event.  “Thanks, I know.” I said.  Then she said “I’d love to attract more women riders to your events to show them it’s not all about Lycra and podium places”.  I said, “Me too, I’d love to attract women”.

So, after a wee chat about what could work we arranged to run a pilot “Muckmaiden Women’s Ride Out” which took place at Cream o’ the Croft.  It was to be a female only ride-out (not a coaching session) which was free to all Funduro entrants, or women could pay a fiver if they didn’t want to race.

Riders would get a free Alpine Bikes goody bag (worth a tenner on it’s own!) and a post-ride drink in the bar.  The ride-out gave riders of all levels a look at the stages and a chance to chat about line choices and probably a lot of other things that men don’t really understand.

It’s fair to say it went down really well, so much so that we’ve decided (thanks Yvonne) to run a Muckmaiden Ride Out ahead of our remaining events in Forfar, Perth sand Falkirk.

The idea at each event is the same as the original; it’s free to all female Funduro entrants, or a fiver to non-race entrants.  Each ride-out will be tailored to each event it’s supporting, for example Falkirk is a night ride.

Places are very limited for each event, so if you’re interested it’s recommended that you enter asap to avoid disappointment.  If you’re racing, just enter the race as per normal and you’ll be automagically offered a free entry to the relevant Muckmaiden ride out as part of the entry process.  If you’re interested in the ride-out on it’s own without the race, click on the correct poster below.

And that’s it, you’re officially a Muckmaiden!

Forfar – Click poster below to enter

Entries now open! Muckmaiden Forfar JPEG

Perth – Click poster below to enter

Opens 28th Aug 8pm!

Muckmaiden FCE

 Falkirk – Click poster below to enter

Opens 28th Aug 8pm!

Muckmaiden FALKIRK

Hope you can make it!

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Fae Fife tae Forfar

August 4th, 2015
by Aaron

OMG, Holy Shecht, Jeezo, Jings, Crivvens and Blow Me (down), now THAT’S what Muckmedden events are all about, putting a great big smile on everybody’s face!  The Eliminator  was another belter of a weekend packed with super exciting mountain bike racing for everyone, from Balance Bikers to Seasoned Pro’s. DSC_3436DSC_3594 DSC_3584 DSC_3528 DSC_3543DSC_3579We had sunshine, rain, mud, dust, beer, ice-cream, cake, coffee, campfires, tractors, gourmet food, sublime tunes, amazing sunsets, double rainbows, views to blow you away, thrills and spills on the maddest mountain bike track in Scotland and spent a weekend in the company of the nicest bunch of people you could ever wish to meet.DSC_3507DSC_4622

It probably goes without saying I think every Muckmedden event is the business because I dream them up with my pea-sized brain.  I design them to suit each venue and to be the type of event my mates and I would like to be part of, but I do have an extra wee soft spot for The Eliminator.  I think that pitching “Trail riding Tom” against “Downhill Dave” and “Cross Country Kate” against “Enduro Eric” on a dual downhill course generates such an amazing buzz at this particular event.DSC_4604Those last few rounds on Sunday were electrifying and the last three riders standing were Newburgh local and XC Junior National Champion Conner Johnstone (2nd), defending Eliminator Champ Craig Falconer (3rd) and Enduro powerhouse Thomas Mitchell (1st).  I have never seen a crowd at any other small-ish mountain bike race shout, scream, cheer and jump around as if it was a World Cup race and that’s what makes it so special.  Let’s hope it comes back some day.DSC_3754

Massive thanks as always to our Muckin’ sponsors Alpine Bikes, Perthshire Flooring, Alechemy Brewing Co. Haglofs (Scotland), Wigwam Mills Inc. Horizon Watches, Scottoiler, Mudhugger and Thursday Shirts.

Thanks also to fellow SMBC members Collective Trax for helping us to build such a great course, Angus Cycle Hub for running the Pumptrack, Trail Tots for keeping the under 6’s entertained all weekend, Electric Cycle Company, PackaShack, Quickfire Racewear, Ride It Clothing, Helena’s Barefoot Books, Hatters and Co. and Aye Coffee for providing such delicious grub.

Also, thanks to Roger and Rachel at Parkhill Farm for allowing this amazing event to happen again and for all the hard work that went into getting the venue ready for the weekend.  A mammoth task!

And finally, thanks to the Muckmarshals, friends and family who simply stepped up to the plate and exceeded expectations once again.  Great job!DSC_3597

Click here to read Trevor Worsey’s fantastic report of the head2head from a rider’s perspective.

Click here for a look at PK Perspective’s cracking gallery of images from the weekend.

So what’s next on the Muckin’ calendar?  Only Forfar Funduro, the Enduro with the unbelievable quarry trails and Eliminator-style Dual Slalom stage – that’s what!

YEEEE-MUCKIN-HAAAAAAWWWW!Forfar Funduro Dual SlalomForfar was the surprise package for lots of riders last year – who knew the trails would be so damn minted?!  Put it this way, we originally coined the word “Funduro” at Forfar as there is no better way to describe this place.  Angus Bike Chain who organise the SXC’s popular Forfar round helped us immensely last year by showing us the best trails and helping us to link them all up into a great course.  Well it certainly worked judging by how many people have Forfar on their to-do list this year.Forfar FunduroEarlybird entries are available until August 17th, so get yourself entered and save £10 per entry!

Female Funduro entrants are also eligible for a free entry to our Muckmaiden Women’s Ride Out on Sept 20th.  It’s a very sociable ride and gives women riders a chance to stop and have a look at line choice at certain sections of the course.  Don’t fancy racing but like the sound of the ride out?  Price is £5 and includes a goody bag from our supremely generous main sponsors Alpine Bikes.

Click here to enter!Muckmaiden Forfar JPEGSo, the quarry trails are a scream and the dual slalom stage in Reid Park was the perfect end to a perfect day, so can you expect more of the same this September?  Well…….yes and no.  This year’s course will have a couple of very nice surprises added to the already sweet course but worry not, this is a Funduro so there’s nothing scary being added, just even more Fun!ACF square logo (no date)Forfar Funduro is merely the tip of the Angus Cycling Festival iceberg.  This year we have the Big Tree Campervans Tayside & Fife Youth MTB Series on Saturday 26th Sept, plus the final round of the Scottish Cross Country Series on Sunday  27th Sept.  PLUS stunt airbag, live music, clowns, face painter, pumptrack, skills course etc etc…..

For full details of the festival click on the Angus Cycling festival logo above.

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Ready for the last ever Eliminator?!

July 21st, 2015
by Aaron

MM001 Eliminator Logo BLACK 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…….WP_20150718_17_54_26_Pro 1Thanks 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. InstagramCapture_77833214-ebb0-471b-8570-ca747344eb63 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.Crazy CropsIT 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.WP_20150718_17_28_24_Pro 2Anyway, 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*

Eliminator Head2Head Tournament Table

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.

Safety

  • 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.

Kid’s Races

Under 6

  • 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
Saturday
10am – Meet the Coaches/Registration for Races

11:00 – “Monkey Hunt” Under 3’s
11:30 – Under 4’s
12:00 – Under 5’s Balance Bikers
12:30 – Under 5’s Pedal Bikers
13:00 – Under 6’s Pedal Bikes
14:00 – Meet the Coaches/Balance Blasts
Sunday
9 – 9:30 Race Registration
9:40 Balance Bikes – Under 3’s
9:50 Under 4’s
10am Race Registrations
10:45 Under 5’s (Pedalling)
10:55 Under 6’s (Pedalling)

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.

General Activities

  • 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!

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Cream o’ the Croft – Funduro Results!!

June 29th, 2015
by Aaron

COC Logo (full colour)Well, Cream o’ the Croft was quite simply an astoundingly good weekend at Comrie Croft!  We laughed, sunbathed, hung out, raced, crashed, rode, ate, drank, danced, camped, slid down a big hill on a lilo and laughed some more.

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Cream O the Croft- Funduro 2

Cream O the Croft-Stage 5

Was this the best Muckin’ event so far?  Quite possibly.

Cream O the Croft-The Shiverin' Sheiks

Cream O the Croft- Face Painting

Cream O the Croft

Quick shout out to our amazing sponsors for their continued support: Alpine Bikes, Alechemy Brewing Co, Perthshire Flooring, Haglofs UK, Scottoiler UBS, Wigwam Mills Inc. Horizon Watches, Mudhugger, Thursday Shirts, Findra, Binn Group.

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Cream O the Croft- Star Bar

Cream O the Croft-Mark Beaumont

Massive thanks to the SMBC, the Muckmarshals and friends and family for going above and beyond the call of duty throughout the festival as always and to Comrie Croft for being the perfect hosts.

Cream O the Croft-Ginger Juggler

Cream O the Croft- Chops

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Here are the results of the Funduro, sorry for the delay there was a lot of Alechemy beer to get through after everyone had gone!

Funduro 2015 – Results

Cream O the Croft-Alechemy Bunny Hop Comp.

Cream O the Croft- Sandy Scally v Fiona Beattie

Cream O the Croft 2015 - Thomas Mitchell & Isla Short

Thanks to everyone who came along and made it such an unforgettable weekend and kudos to Thomas Mitchel and Isla Short who were crowned “Cream o’ the Croft”.

Full report to follow.

#muckmedden #cotc #scotlandsmountainbikefestival #SMBC

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