En­duro re­turns to Fair City

Fancy dress bike race

Perthshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Ross Gardiner

wPedal-pow­ered cy­cling en­thu­si­asts will get back in the sad­dle as a top event re­turns to Perth later in the year.

The Muckmed­den Fair City En­duro moun­tain bike race, which was re­cently listed in Red Bull’s ‘Top 11 Must Do Moun­tain Bike Events in 2017’, re­turns to the Fair City on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 21.

Tak­ing place at the Lesser South Inch the Hal­loween fancy-dress themed En­duro, which is de­scribed by or­gan­is­ers as “un­con­ven­tional”, is be­ing staged in the area for a fifth con­sec­u­tive year.

The multi-stage race kicks off at 9.30am with a gen­tle pro­ces­sional ride through the streets of Perth, where more than 350 rid­ers in vary­ing states of fancy dress will head to the hills of Deuch­ney and Kin­noull to en­joy up to six timed stages on some of Scot­land’s finest moun­tain bike trails.

The Fair City En­duro also makes for a spec­tac­u­lar spec­ta­tor event with a par­tic­u­lar ac­tion hot spot in Deuch­ney Bike Park.

Af­ter a podium cer­e­mony, to fin­ish the day off in true Fair City style it is now tra­di­tion for many of the rid­ers to get cleaned up and hit the town for a night out af­ter a hard day in the sad­dle.

Aaron Gray, of lo­cally­based firm Muckmed­den Events, said: “Fair City En­duro brings hun­dreds of moun­tain bik­ers into Perth ev­ery Oc­to­ber and cre­ates such a buzz about the place. Dur­ing race week­end it seems like ev­ery sec­ond car has a moun­tain bike strapped to its roof and as a lo­cal it’s great to see how much the event brings to the city.

“The Fair City En­duro has con­trib­uted hugely to the lo­cal econ­omy since

The Fair City En­duro is com­ing back to Perth next month. Photo: Paddy Cuth­bert the first event in 2013 and thanks to the con­tin­ued sup­port of Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil and The Forestry Com­mis­sion it is now re­garded as one of the favourite Moun­tain Bike Enduros in the UK.

“It’s great for the flour­ish­ing moun­tain bike scene in this part of Scot­land.

“Fair City En­duro at­tracts many top rid­ers, in­clud­ing world class ath­letes, but our events are also known for be­ing the ideal first step into En­duro Moun­tain Bike rac­ing be­cause we fo­cus more on hav­ing fun than get­ting su­per quick race times.

“You know you can’t take things too se­ri­ously when you’re sit­ting on the start line next to a gi­ant car­rot!”

Any­one who would like to en­ter can do so at http://www.muckmed­den. co.uk/our-events/fair-cityen­duro

Tick­ets cost be­tween £35-£45.

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