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New Cream o’ The Croft Bike Festival

Written by Fiona

June 01 2015

A new festival launches in Perthshire at the fantastic Comrie Croft bike trails from Friday June 26 to Sunday June 28. There will be three fun and action-packed days with lots of family focused activities.

The new festival includes a mountain bike event called a Funduro, the showcasing of new trails, demo bikes and coaching, a pedal-powered film night, an airbag competition, a pop-up wildlife park, a giant waterslide, beautiful views and walks, great music, as well as food and drink. 

Mountain bike madness. Pic credit PK Perspective.

Mountain bike madness. Pic credit PK Perspective.

Lots of fun for kids. Pic credit PK Perspective.

Lots of fun for kids. Pic credit PK Perspective.

More about the Funduro 

The centrepiece of the Comrie Croft Festival takes place on the Saturday and is organised by Muckmedden Events. The event is a mash-up, featuring eight super fun enduro stages including Blue, Red & Black Downhill, XC Hot Lap, Hill Climb, Pump & Jump Stage and Dual Slalom. Age categories are from 14+ to 50+.

Timed stages include:

Stage 1 – Red-Graded XC Hot Lap.  Rocky, high-speed trail that points generally downhill.  Requires stamina, efficient pedalling and good bike control.

Stage 2 – Blue Descent. Flowy, fast and superb fun!  Keep off those brakes and use the rollers, jumps and berms to gain some free speed.  Don’t overcook it though…

Stage 3 – Hill Climb. Short, sharp hill climb with some additional features just for a laugh. It won’t be too long or steep enough to spoil your day, but some significant places will be lost or gained here if you’re not careful.

Stage 4 – Red Descent.  Fast and challenging natural descent.  This has been extended especially for the Funduro to take you right back to the Croft.  If you like roots, rocks, mud and rock slabs you’ll love this!  Fortune favours the brave…

Stage 5 – Pump & Jump.  Exactly as the name suggests, you will be timed on a certain number of laps of the pumptrack jump line.  It’s all roll-able and every time you pedal you’ll be hit with a significant time penalty, so you just have to pump it baby!

Stage 6 – Black Descent.  Not to be taken lightly, this super-tough Black-graded trail is what Comrie Croft riding has always been about – serious gnarl!  Again, this trail has had a few new sections added just for the Funduro.  If you’re a demon descender this is where you claw back those valuable places.

Stages 7 & 8 – Dual Slalom. You can’t beat the adrenaline of head to head Dual Slalom racing.  Line up at the start with another rider, wait for the countdown and try to beat your opponent to the bottom.  Once you get to the bottom, return to the start and do it all over again on the opposite lane.

See Cream O’ The Croft Bike Festival and for Funduro entries and camping tickets got to Event Brite.

Go race! Pic credit PK Perspective.

Go race! Pic credit PK Perspective.

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