MOUNTAIN bike event organisers, Muckmedden, have revealed a fun-packed, family friendly line-up of events for 2017, kicking off on the 23 June with the much-anticipated return of The Eliminator, a bi-annual bike festival in Fife, focusing on the spectacular Eliminator Head2Head Mountain Bike Race.
The Forfar Funduro, the headline race of the Angus Cycling Festival, which returns on the 02 September; the hugely popular, fancy dress-themed Fair City Enduro, being staged again in the city of Perth, on the 21 October; and the Falkirk Funduro, which again features a whole day and night of mountain bike racing for riders of all ages and abilities, make up the fat tyre event programme.
For more information on the full 2017 Muckmedden Events Programme, prices and entry details, go to: http://www.muckmedden.co.uk/our-events/
The Eliminator which is held bi-annually at Parkhill Farm in Newburgh, Fife, returns this year as a weekend mountain bike festival (23-25 June), along the lines of the now bi-annual Cream O’ The Croft bike festival.
It promises to be bigger and better than ever with the addition of family focused camping, kids bike racing, live music, a Fife farmers market, a beer festival and other fun attractions for all ages.
Previously described by Enduro Mountainbike Magazine as “delightfully unique and riotous fun”, the headline event at The Eliminator will be the spectacular Eliminator Head2Head MTB Race.
Mountain bikers from across the board, including Weekend Warriors, Cross Country Whippets, Enduro Masters and Downhill Demons will compete in a series of head-to-head races on a dual downhill track which culminates in a dual-slalom through a ripened barley field; with eliminations and relegations to keep the competition intense.
Another exciting addition to the festival is an invitation-only Cross Country Eliminator on the Friday evening. The tournament will see a selection of bike club riders from across the country battle it out in a series of elimination races on a short, action-packed cross country circuit that circles the event village. It promises to be a big hit with a festival crowd in full Friday night party mode!
Next on the 2017 line-up and returning for a fourth successive year is the Forfar Funduro on the 2 September. The headline race of the Angus Cycling Festival has gained a reputation amongst Scottish mountain bike riders as a must do event due to the progressive quarry trails, festival atmosphere and crowd-pleasing dual slalom stage into the event village.
As part of the Angus Cycling Festival participants can also make a weekend of it and enjoy many other cycling and non-cycling activities, from stunt air bag sessions to circus skills workshops, family bike rides and live music.
The Fair City Enduro, which traditionally takes place in the City of Perth close to Halloween, takes place on 21 October. Now in its fifth year, the event regularly attracts up to 400 riders in varying states of fancy dress who ride through Perth City centre to tackle a number of timed stages on some of Scotland’s finest trails in the hills of Deuchney and Kinnoull. Muckmedden have kept riders guessing each year with several changes of venue and tweaks to the race format and this year is no different with some exciting plans lined up for this year’s event to keep things fresh and fun.
Rounding off the year in style is the Falkirk Funduro, which features a whole day and night of mountain bike racing for riders of all ages and abilities, from toddlers to pro Enduro racers.
The event takes place on 25 November on the fast-expanding Callendar Estate mountain bike trail network.
Thanks to the easy-going nature of the trails, a compact course and the venue’s easily accessible central belt location, this event has proven to be extremely popular with both first time Enduro racers and experienced riders and is the perfect event for the whole family to try their hand at Enduro racing. Riders looking to add a touch of extra spice to the final race of the year also have the option to strap on their lights and race after dark!
Aaron Gray, of Muckmedden Events, said: “2016 has been such an amazing year for us, with so many riders trying our events for the first time and keen to come back for more.
“We strive to put on great family-friendly events rather than just a bike race and the extra touches such as spectator focused stages, kid’s races and undercover seating areas seem to be appreciated by the riders and their families.
“Everyone from toddlers to World Enduro riders have enjoyed our Muckin’ Good Events over the years and we can’t wait to welcome riders, spectators and enthusiastic supporters this year. But remember to book early to avoid disappointment as most of our 2016 events sold out fast!”