Fun-loving mountain bike event organisers, Muckmedden, have revealed a sensational events line-up for 2018, including two family-friendly weekender festivals – Cream O’ The Croft and The Eliminator MTB Festival– and quite possibly the UK’s most spectacular Mountain Bike Enduro – The Fair City Enduro.
To sweeten the deal for riders and their families purchasing tickets over the festive season and beyond, Muckmedden has revealed ‘Super Early-Bird’ and ‘Early-Bird’ rates on all standard 2018 tickets for race entries and festival and camping passes (while stocks last!).
The Super Early Bird offers a fantastic 20 per cent saving until 8 January 2018 while the Early Bird offers a ten per cent discount until 8 February 2018.
Aaron Gray, organiser at Muckmedden Events, who is looking ahead to a fun-filled year of family-friendly bike events, said: “I’m so excited to be staging Cream o’ the Croft and The Eliminator next year. We normally rotate the festivals, year about. However, the festival format has proven to be so popular since our first Cream o’ the Croft in 2015 we just have to stage both in 2018.
“We’re kicking off the school summer holidays in Comrie and finishing it off in Newburgh, a perfect way to bookend the summer. I think people enjoy the festivals so much because the mountain biking is just one of the many elements to keep both adults and kids entertained over the weekend. The hardened bike racers and enthusiasts can bring their friends and family along knowing that they will have just as much fun off the bike!
“Cream o’ the Croft and The Eliminator festivals are perfect for everyone who loves the outdoors. They are especially good for families with young kids as admission to under-six’s is completely free, and apart from food and drink all activities and entertainment is included in the entry fee for anyone over six. This means parents aren’t constantly reaching for money whenever the kids want to do anything. Camping is on-site too so adults can have a few drinks and watch some bands while the kids enjoy acres of traffic-free countryside and a bunch of fun activities.”
For full details on the Muckmedden Events 2018 event programme and to sign up for the ‘Super Early Bird’ and ‘Early Bird’ discounts visit their website.
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Kicking-off the 2018 season is family favourite Cream o’ the Croft, which returns to award-winning campsite and trail centre Comrie Croft, Perthshire, from Friday 15 to Sunday 17 June 2018. Next year’s festival is expected to attract over 2,000 visitors of all ages to Highland Perthshire across the weekend, with attendees ranging from world-class mountain bike racers to parents looking for a festival that will entertain the whole family.
The weekend will once again be centred around four main elements; mountain biking, the outdoors, food and drink and live music. The main event on the Saturday is COTC Enduro, which will utilise every inch of ‘the UK’s best trail centre’ to test the mettle of mountain bikers on a variety of timed stages, ranging from a super-tough Black Downhill, to an exciting Dual Slalom spectator stage, in a bid to find ‘The Cream o’ the Croft 2018′. Mini Enduro and toddler bike races will take place on the fun and easier trails and give younger riders an opportunity to demonstrate their skills and race faces. For those looking to take things even less seriously, there’s always the silly bike races such as the crowd-pleasing Extreme Balance Bike Championships.
Non-bikers are assured that, as with all Muckmedden festivals, the weekend will cater as much to non-riders as it does to mountain bikers, with several excellent live bands, kid’s entertainers and fun attractions. This ranges from a pedal-powered cinema to a giant water slide. A smorgasbord of top-notch, locally-sourced food and drink will also be on offer over the weekend courtesy of the team at Hansen’s Kitchen and Comrie Croft’s own Tea Garden, showcasing some of the world-class produce available in the local area.
From Friday 31 August to Sunday 2 September 2018, the Muckmedden team head to the banks of the stunning River Tay for the second of their mountain bike festivals. This time it’s The Eliminator Mountain Bike Festival at Parkhill Farm in Newburgh, Fife.
The spectator-friendly weekender festival transforms the ordinary working farm into a festival venue and boasts ‘the most exciting mountain bike racing known to man or cow’. With some thrilling and innovative races including a kid’s Mini Duathlon, Scotland’s only Cross-Country Eliminator; an off-road Duathlon called ‘The Muckathlon’ and the spectacular ‘Eliminator Head2Head Downhill Mountain Bike Race’, this is a fantastic event for spectators and racers alike.
The Eliminator is expected to attract up to 2,000 attendees to enjoy the on-site camping, adrenaline-fuelled bike racing and many other family-focused activities on offer. Once again non-biking friends and family can expect an incredible weekend of live music and fun attractions ranging from a climbing wall to a kid’s disco, while mountain bikers will get their festival fix with the various races across the weekend.
The third and final ‘Muckin’ Good Event’ of 2018 is the Fair City Enduro (FCE), which returns to the ‘Fair City’ of Perth on Saturday 27 October. In its sixth consecutive outing, The Halloween fancy-dress themed Enduro race, also rated as one of the best Mountain Bike Enduro races in the UK, will again combine ‘breath-taking trails, breath-taking views and even more breath-taking outfits’ to turn Fair City Enduro into ‘a spectacular event’ (Wideopenmag).
The FCE attracts many Enduro World Series racers, but Muckmedden knows how to keep the event fun with optional (but encouraged) fancy dress. The FCE entry list has been graced by many ‘A-Listers’ over the years, and is truly a sight to behold.
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