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Take it back to the old-skool with Ride Retro MTB!

What’s it all about?

Ride Retro’s “Bikes, Beers and Barbeques” is exactly as you’d imagine.  A day riding iconic mountain bikes at the best trail centre in Scotland, finished off with a barbeque at the award-winning campsite, Comrie Croft.  Award winning campsite you say?  Might as well stay over and have a few beers too then!*

*Please contact Comrie Croft directly to book camping.

Who can take part?

Anyone can rock up and ride the trails on their own bike (retro or not) for free, drool over the bikes at the Ride Retro stand and hang out with a bunch of good people.  The more the merrier!

If you don’t own a retro but would like to ride some old-skool cool on the day, you can buy a “Ride Retro Pass” for just £5, which gives you full access to Ride Retro’s demo fleet for the day!  With a choice of over 25 iconic MTBs, this is your chance to ride the bikes you lusted over when you were younger, or get a taste of how mountain biking used to be in the “Golden Age” of MTB.  That’s right, Ride Retro don’t do show ponies, these babies are for taking on the trails!

When is it?

There are two “Bikes, Beers and Barbeques” dates in 2018.  The first date for your diary is on Saturday 26th May and the second date is Saturday 10th November.  The Ride Retro demo fleet will be available from 10am until 4pm on both days.  You can arrive any time you like on either day, but if you’ve booked a “Ride Retro” ticket it would be advisable to arrive about 9.30am in order to guarantee a full day of riding and the best choice of bikes.

Where do the rides start and finish?

All rides start and finish in front of the main Comrie Croft building.  If you’re taking out any of the Ride Retro bikes, check in at their stand and they will check your name off the list, give you a wristband and get you fixed-up with a retro bike of your choice.

How long can I take the bikes out for and where can I ride?

In order to give everyone a chance to ride as many bikes as possible, you can take each bike out for a maximum of 30 minutes at a time.  There’s nothing to stop you from taking the same bike out several times during the day, but variety is the spice of life isn’t it?  The Blue trail at The Croft is famous for it’s natural feel and is perfect for a Retro, because it’s just gnarly enough to get the bike skipping around and you can get some old-skool Dual Slalom time too!  Great fun!  It’s also close enough to base camp that you might be able to squeeze a couple of laps into a 30 minute session.

What should you bring with you?

  • Your regular riding gear and helmet (some dodgy old-skool riding gear would be great for a laugh, but please don’t trust an old helmet!)
  • Spare, dry clothes and shoes.
  • Weather-specific bits and bobs such as waterproof jacket, thermal layer, sun-screen, midge repellent, tick remover etc.
  • Your own food and drink.  There is a communal barbeque available but you have to cook your own food.
  • Snacks and fluids to keep you fuelled-up and hydrated for the day, or money for buying food at the excellent on-site Tea Garden.
  • A mountain bike in good working order if you’re not using the Ride Retro fleet.
  • Camping gear if you’re staying over.  Note: Camping must be pre-booked via Comrie Croft.

All you have to do is agree to Ride Retro’s terms and conditions of entry and book your place!

For all enquiries please email: dekangus@hotmail.com


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Ride Retro Pass - Saturday 10th Nov£5.00Includes unlimited access to Ride Retro MTB demo fleet (subject to availability) and mechanical support at the event. All attendees must be aged 16+ or accompanied by a Parent or Guardian.

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