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Duathlon is not a dirty word

Ok cards on the table, there are only two occasions where I feel the urge to run.

1) When I hear the distant, hypnotic chimes of an ice-cream van. 

2) When I can smell burning.

But apparently millions of Mountain Bikers actually enjoy running and (whisper it) will even ride their bike straight after a run without even having a shower first.  Can you believe that?!  No me neither it’s disgusting, but not only that, this weird phenomenon even has a name.  It’s called……..Duathloning.

Now I’m an open-minded person and a firm believer in the auld saying “don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it”, so with that in mind I’m delighted to announce that the first ever Muckmedden Duathlon (yes of course it’s called The Muckathlon) is taking place at The Eliminator MTB Festival on Saturday 24th June.

Your mission is to prove there’s a market for this crazy sounding running/biking malarkey by entering and if it’s popular we’ll do another one.  Please tell your Trail Running/Roadie/Mountain Biker pals who maybe haven’t fancied any of our previous out-and-out MTB events to give this one a bash (or get a team together) and let’s show them why we call them Muckin’ Good Events!

So, what can you expect from The Muckathlon?

Well it’s a Muckmedden event and part of The Eliminator Mountain Bike Festival, so it’s obviously going to be an absolute hoot from the offing!  Although it’s going to be a tough challenge for most people, having fun is the name of the game so included in the entry fee is a Festival Pass which is valid for the whole weekend from 4pm on Friday 23rd June.  This gives you free access to a whole family-friendly weekend of Mountain Bike racing and festival attractions such as several Live Bands, Mega Water Slide, Circus Workshops and a million other things.

Click here for what’s happening and when and for FAQ’s about the festival, or see below for more info on The Muckathlon and why you should be entering.

Race Format

The Muckathlon is a run-bike-run Duathlon which takes place mostly on off-road tracks and trails along the banks of the River Tay and on the Fife Coastal Path, with one section of public road on the return leg of the cycle section.

The competition is open to Solos, Pairs and teams of three and will run as a relay format in the case of teams.  A team of two will consist of one runner and one cyclist, in the case of a team of three, each team member will complete one leg each.

Due to the non-technical trails, the event is suitable for novice off-road cyclists with a reasonable level of fitness and is suitable for any type of bike with off-road tyres, from a Hybrid to a Cyclocross Bike or Mountain Bike.

Race Route

Starting in The Eliminator event village (time TBC but around 11am), the race kicks off with a 5km off-road run along the banks of the River Tay and back to the Event Village where you will jump on the bike for the second leg.
The second leg consists of an off-road cycle along the stunning Fife Coastal Path which finally skirts around the base of Normans Law before returning to the Event Village via a quiet tarmac road alongside the majestic River Tay.  The cycle section is roughly 20km and although it’s a tough pedal, it’s not too technically demanding so is an achievable challenge for an off-road cycling novice.
The third and final leg of The Muckathlon is another 5km off-road run along the banks of the River Tay and back to cross the finish line.
All done?  Good!  Time to head for the Craft Drinks Bar to celebrate an amazing day by dancing ’til the wee hours…..or feel free to crash out on a straw bale.
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