Bike fes­ti­val is back

Com­rie Croft is set to re­turn next year

Strathearn Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Ross Gar­diner

A fam­ily-friendly week­end cy­cling fes­ti­val is to re­turn to Com­rie Croft next year, it was an­nounced this week.

Cream o’ the Croft will be held from June 15 to 17.

The main race on the Satur­day will be the COTC En­duro, which will use ev­ery inch of the venue’s trail cen­tre to test the mettle of moun­tain bik­ers on a va­ri­ety of timed stages – rang­ing from a dif­fi­cult black down­hill to an ex­cit­ing dual slalom spec­ta­tor stage.

Mini en­duro and tod­dler bike races will take place on the fun and eas­ier trails, giv­ing younger rid­ers an op­por­tu­nity to demon­strate their skills.

For those look­ing to take things even less se­ri­ously in­for­mal bike races such as the crowd­pleas­ing ex­treme bal­ance bike cham­pi­onships are set to re­turn.

Aaron Gray of or­gan­is­ers Muckmed­den Events said: “I’m so ex­cited to be host­ing Cream o’ the Croft next year.

“We nor­mally ro­tate our fes­ti­vals, year about. How­ever, the for­mat has proven to be so pop­u­lar since our first Cream o’ the Croft in 2015 we just have to stage it again in 2018.

“We’re kick­ing off the school sum­mer hol­i­days in Com­rie.

“I think peo­ple en­joy the fes­ti­val 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 is per­fect for ev­ery­one who loves the out­doors.

“It is es­pe­cially good for fam­i­lies with young kids as ad­mis­sion to un­der-6s is com­pletely free and, apart from food and drink, all ac­tiv­i­ties and en­ter­tain­ment are in­cluded in the en­try fee for any­one over six. This means par­ents aren’t con­stantly reach­ing for money.

“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.”

Book­ing is be­ing of­fered at a ‘su­per early bird’ dis­counted rate un­til Jan­uary 8 and a ‘stan­dard early bird’ rate un­til Fe­bru­ary 8.

• See www.muckmed­

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