Cream O’the Croft Report

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By Kevin

The weekend of the festival was packed with over 600 people enjoying the events. Andrew Donaldson (Comrie Croft) set the wheels rolling on the Saturday with MSP Roseanna Cunningham supporting it and special guest Mark Beaumont officially starting the festival (fresh from his marathon ride the length of America).

The main attraction for the bikers was the Enduro held on the Saturday. Essentially downhill with 9 different stages, it started off with a XC stage from the top of the hill down the Upper Red Trail: a rocky techy trail with some exciting sections. Other stages included the now established blue, but a real kick in the teeth for the downhill crew was a uphill stage. The Comrie Croft and SMBC crew worked on two new lower sections for what were the old black and red, and these were used as further stages, with the huge drop on the black seeing some action! The Duel Slalom rounded this off with a excursion down the grass to finish – the only place to cause a breakage.

There were kiddies races, pump challenges and a huge tricks air bag. The SMBC stand hosted the 1 Mile speed challenge, for which Mark Beaumont led for the whole of Saturday  and Sunday morning until he was beaten by 0.1 sec!

A great weekend, and the weather was thankfully kind to us all, despite a torrential 15mins on Sunday.

Cream O’the Croft

Scotland’s Mountain Bike Festival

There will be a full weekend of biking fun and games at Comrie Croft between Friday 26th June to Sunday 28th June. The main attraction of course will be the biking with a Pump Track Challenge, a ‘Funduro’ of 8 different stages including downhill, duel slalom, XC hot lap, hill climb and pump and jump, balance bike races for the very young and big kids races. There will even be a Giant air bag for the daredevils.

But there will also be a stack of things to do for all the family with bar and food, cinema, deli breakfast bar, waterslide and a bagpiping unicyclist.

Book now. Visit www.muckmedden.co.uk

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Remember Xmas?

Descending the Upper Blue in icy conditions

Xmas on the Turret

Retrospective by Kev

Gordon and I went out for a wee run round Turret, Croft and home at Xmas. Stunning light and a xmas tree on the shores of the loch.

New Years Day Bike Ride 2015

Report by Kev

It did actually happen folks! we simply forgot to report it. For once the weather was actually OK and a ride round Torlum hill and Auchingarroch was far better fair than slogging through blizzards and mud as in previous years, the memory of which may have put a lot of folk off attending. Mind you, shorts were being a bit optimistic!

We had the usual mechanicals which saw a couple of folk pull out, but the slog up the hill was worth it in the end.

The Summits of Strathearn

Report by Kev

Back in November 2014 a group of hardy club members fancied trying to see if we could bike a route round the whole of the hills encircling the lower half of Strathearn, starting and finishing at Comrie Croft. Eight of us set off in high spirits, passing the wee falls behind the croft and up onto the hydro track round to Turret dam. A bit of a diversion was had at the high point seeing who could balance the big boulder – Ewan won! the track to Foulford was found to be getting quite degraded but by then myself and Noel (who probably wishes to remain anonymous) went wrong and headed up the track to Meallneveron. By the time we back tracked we had lost the leading pack and were loosing the will to live for an attempt on the other half of the round. We snuck off home with tails between our wheels. Turns out the leading pack also abandoned their attempt a little further on.

The challenge remains.

Trail digging at the Croft

The past few weeks have seen some exciting developments of the old school variety taking place at Comrie Croft. The SMBC have been heavily involved in designing, building and shaping some fantastic new red and black lines on the west side of the trail centre, with a big slab of bedrock from the olden days – oooh 2007 at least – being uncovered, amongst other new lines. Some techy handbuilt black trail has been complimented by some handcarved berms, and there are a few cracking drops and fast flowing switchbacks to keep everyone entertained. The trails should be ready for riding in the next month or two – you can come along and help out if you like, email colin@comriecroft.com to get involved.

Crieff Round Table Supports the SMBC

The Creiff Round Table have been very generous to the club since we were set up, with donations to help our activites with the Juniors. Adam Christie of the Round Table attended a recent club meet at Comrie Croft to present a donation and said, “the Round Table is delighted to be able to support Strathearn Mountain Biking Club. The club puts in a massive effort into helping the junior members from around Strathearn learn mountain biking skills and has been involved in the creation of the new mountain biking trails at Comrie Croft. The club is always happy to welcome new junior, and adult members, of all abilities and we hope this helps their efforts.”

Adam Christie (left) presents the donation to SMBC Chairman Kevin Howett (right) which will be put towards supporting the Junior members of the club. On the far left is Gordon Grant, our Junior Coach and next to him Colin McPhaill our Secretary

Summer BBQ sees the New red Trail opened

Report by Kevin Howett

The start of summer saw the club’s regular BBQ, but this time with the added attraction of the first official ride of the new Upper Red Trail. As a result we had a great turn-out with young local riders who have been thrashing Strava times on the blue eager to see what speeds they could do on this more techncial trail.