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