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:

Aged 7 – 8 incl.

Aged 9 – 12 incl.

Aged 13 – 15 incl.

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!?

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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

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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.

Forfar Funduro Black

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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Angus Cycling Festival Tickets Are Now Live!!

July 18th, 2014
by Aaron

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An Enduro in Forfar that’s Fun? That’ll be “Forfar Funduro!”

May 29th, 2014
by Aaron

ACF square logo

It’s been so hectic that I’ve struggled to squeeze a Muckin’ Blog out for ages and, although it’s always painful when you’ve not managed one for a while it always feels better once it’s out, so here goes…….

SMBC & ACF

A good proportion of my last few weeks has been spent watching people riding their bikes with a clipboard in my hand, or having meetings with fellow members of The SMBC talking to Local Authorities, Event Organisers, Emergency Services, Landowners and Bike Clubs in readiness for The SMBC’s inaugural Angus Cycling Festival (ACF) in September.

ACF will celebrate everything from Fat Bikes to Vintage Road Bikes and BMX’s to Mountain Bikes with various satellite events from mid August to the end of September.  These will include races and group rides at various spots in Angus before culminating in a massive two-day, family- friendly cycling event at Reid Park, Forfar on 13th/14th September.  Activities will include; Airbag, Face-Painting, Craft Tent, Pump Track, Skills Course, Youth XC Racing, Clown/Kid’s Entertainment, Forfar Funduro, Mountain Bike Test Track, Demo Bikes, bike displays, Retro Bikes and more.

We want to encourage people to try something new during ACF, so we’ll be opening the festival on August 10th with a Duathlon/Triathlon and finishing on 14th September with the multi-stage Enduro!  In between times we’ll invite people to “Get Fat In Angus” with a guided Fat-Bike ride, enjoy some civilised Vintage/Retro Bike Rides and family rides and explore some of the county’s most sublime natural trails in an “Epic Angus” guided ride in the Angus Glens.

For those of a more skinny-tyred persuasion we’re working with Eventfull, Angus Bike Chain and Angus Cycling Club with a view to organising an Angus Sportive either on Aug 24th or 31st and an Audax in early September.  Whatever the final dates are you can be sure there will be some superb events and rides to take part in no matter what kind of riding you’re after.

Mucky Stuff

Moving on to all things “Mucky” we are very excited to be organising the closing event of Angus Cycling Festival, but what could we do to close the festival with a bang?  What are riders loving right now?

Of course it has to be an Enduro, but the most important part of any MTB race is the course and as I have never ridden in this part of Scotland before I was sceptical that would work.  Surely there can’t be enough quality riding and elevation around Forfar for an Enduro….it’s not exactly Whistler is it?

Step-in Angus Bike Chain and the benefit of local knowledge.  ABC have organised the Forfar round of SXC over the last few years and their XC courses always get rave reviews from the riders thanks to their inventive use of swoopy quarry trails and snaking Singletrack.  If anyone could find a good Enduro course around Forfar it’s ABC.

Thankfully after riding some local gems and some top-secret trails with ABC it’s clear there is massive potential for a really fun Enduro here.  The descents are not the longest you’ll find, but are just so much fun to ride, so we have now highlighted a potential 9 stages worthy of an Enduro!  We won’t include them all, but no matter what trails we decide to use, the final course is going to be a scream.

And I haven’t even mentioned Reid Park yet.

If you haven’t been Reid Park, the site of the event village for ACF, it is an enormous parkland in Forfar which sits on a big, steep hill.  So steep in fact, that locals use it for sledging in winter, but they usually only do half of it as they’d be doing 8oomph by the time they reach the bottom.

A big open, grassy hillside on a steep hill, that sounds familiar……

So Reid Park has the makings of a spectacular DUAL Spectator Stage and we have permission from Angus Council to use it for that purpose!

The Eliminator meets Fair City Enduro?  Looks like we may have just invented Forfar Funduro!

The priority over the next two weeks is getting permission from Landowners to use some of the trails for the event, followed by finalising the course.  As soon as we know what the craic is we will let you know, but you can safely book the 13th and 14th September in your Muckin’ Diaries as one for the “definitely” list!

Fai City Enduro

Thankfully, the only two real criticisms from Fair City Enduro last year were the fact that you wanted more stages with less queues, so we have two brand, new additional forest stages this year and they are simply brilliant!  Both are between 1.30mins and 3 mins of descent are very fast, slippy and a total blast.  You will love them both and we are changing the starting format to ensure queues are as short as possible.

There are still a couple of potentially huge FCE revelations waiting in the wings but that’s all I can tell you… for now.

In Other Muckin’ News:

The uplift road at Parkhill Farm is well under construction now and the digger and dumper are currently grading the road and cutting in a huge switchback.  This will enable safe and quick transportation of riders to the top of The Bear and combined with the changes we have planned mean The Eliminator Mountain Bike Festival 2015 will be well worth the wait.

Remember Muckmedden @Pitmedden Forest in 2012?  It seems like so long ago doesn’t it?  I think it would be great to do it again in Spring 2015 and I’ve asked Forestry Commission Scotland who don’t foresee any problems with that, so I’ll get the application form in and keep you posted on dates.  I think April 2015 sounds about right.

Oh, is that an extremely angry and heavy looking rain cloud forming overhead?  Sorry about that.

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