It was probably inevitable, but I’ve started dreaming about Muckmedden now. Practically every night for the past two weeks I’ve been in The Land of Nod having some sort of Muckin’ Crisis.
One night there was an enormous Eagle about the size of a Boeing 747 swooping into the forest trying to pick Mad Muckers up for breakfast. Luckily I managed to shoo him away with a yellow towel and he only managed to eat one rider. On another occassion I was trying on the very first Muckmedden T-Shirt, and when I went to the mirror to check it out, my eyebrows had grown to a foot long and turned bright ginger. The dreams could become truly Muckin’ Mental by 22nd April, so I may look slightly haunted by then. The main thing is to stay calm if you see a man running from a massive invisible bird of prey, with his long ginger eyebrows flowing behind him like streamers in a breeze.
So, moving on to the actual real life event, and I’m really pleased to say that we have managed to pick up another couple of sponsors over the last couple of weeks who wanted to donate some of their top notch kit as prizes at Muckmedden. Cheers to Gus Sandeman, Wigwam and Haglöfs’ Scotland Correspondant for sorting these prizes out.
One of our new sponsors is Haglöfs (click on the logo), who make some stunning outdoor kit from super-high performance jackets and rucksacks to sleeping bags. Their range covers all activities from snow sports to mountain biking and is designed to take all kinds of extremities in its stride. I wouldn’t like to do them a disservice by trying to describe how good their kit is in my own words, so have a look at the website a you’ll see for yourself what a quality outfit Haglöfs are and why you would want to win some of their gear.
Another company supplying some lovely jubbly prizes is Wigwam (click on the logo). Basically Wigwam are here to make all your sock dreams come true. Now I have to admit, I’m not a “foot guy” in fact I’d probably say that some feet freak me out with all their knobbly bits and hairy toes that look like Kiwi Fruit from Hell, but the socks Wigwam produce are quite simply some of the best performing socks you’ll find anywhere. Their range is also very extensive, meaning you will definitely find a beautifully U.S. made Wigwam sock to do what you want it to do. (And they cover up feet so you can’t see them, good riddance).
Here are some of the other prizes we have to give away on the day so far:
£100 worth of vouchers (may split, still undecided).
The Atholl Arms Hotel, Dunkeld:
1) A certificate value £40 for the Atholl Arms Hotel in Dunkeld to be used for lunch or dinner (in their recently refurbished restaurant and choosing from their delicious new menu).
2) Two nights stay at the Atholl Arms Hotel in Dunkeld. (To be used from Sunday to Thursday. Expires Dec 1st 2012).
3) A beautiful scarf by Christine Sinclair. Hand dyed and hand felted using the finest Australian merino wool onto china paj silk. This design is one that was represented in several USA exhibits and also featured in a book from Lark books titled “500 Felted Objects”. Christines pieces can be found on the web at www.bagzthat.com
2 x Sets anodised Hope wheel skewers.
8 x Hope drinks bottles.
2 x Hope T-Shirts
These guys will be setting up a good sized mobile skills loop at Muckmedden and offering FREE SKILLS COACHING to riders of all ages and abilities. We’re all too eager to swap tyres over every time we see a wet root, when we should really learn how we can improve our riding with some coaching. Well, now you can get FREE SKILLS COACHING at Muckmedden and shave 3/100ths off your lap time. Did I mention it was FREE?
There are more prizes and other things to update, but I’ll leave it at that for now and put the rest on a future post. I’m probably off to dream about about a ginger eyebrowed, flying dwarf who eats trees.