We invited each Scottish MTB event organiser to nominate the events they are most proud of for this award. We are so lucky to have such a broad spectrum of events to take part in across the country. We know that many of you will have competed in at least one, if not all of these awesome events and we know that it’ll be a really difficult choice to make, but we asked you to choose your very favourite event, race or race series.
Here's a brief summary of each event to remind you of what they've done this year:
2018, the 10th anniversary of Air Maiden’s first event, saw the first ever women's freeride mtb festival. This was really a 3 day festival of bike related fun. And best of all its was bank holiday weekend! It was AWESOME!!
Air Maiden was born out of an idea by Lynne Armstrong, who, after competing in women’s slopestyle and freeride competitions in North America, wanted to encourage more women to develop their jumping and drop off skills and to be able to showcase the talent that was out there.
10 years after the first event, this year saw the first 3 day festival taking place from the Saturday to the Monday with even more bike action on offer. The weekend included:
• Coaching clinics - jumping, drop offs, flow, cornering, technical skills and more, from some of the most experienced mtb instructors in the UK.
• Guided rides exploring some of the hidden gems that Glentress has to offer
• pumptrack competition
• dual slalom competition
• Participation in jump jam on our custom built kicker
• workshops across the weekend including speakers, suspension set up and more
• film night
• BBQ, quiz and party night
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Here at Muckmedden we don’t just do any old mountain bike races, we organise Muckin’ Good events!
Since the dawn of time we have tried to deliver fun-focused Mountain Bike Events with a festival vibe that appeal not only to EWS pinners like Joe Barnowl, but also to your granny, her fancy man and your bike-hating family. Because it’s nice if they’re all having a great time propping up the bar (responsibly) or sliding down a hill on an inflatable crocodile while you’re off shredding the gnar.
There are thousands of other reasons our events are better than everyone else’s but we’re busy organising the Enduro fancy dress extravaganza Fair City Enduro at the moment (it’s Scotland’s only EWS Qualifier event this year dontchyaknow?) so here’s some stuff we copied and pasted from last year’s blurb in a bid to save time and convince you that we’re worth a vote:
• We organise everything from a garden shed (yes, really).
• It’s not just about the biking so we always have other stuff like Karaoke, licenced bar, live music, extreme balance bike racing and giant water slides.
• We only use trails that make riders feel like a Hero, not a Zero.
• We host women-specific coaching ahead of every race and have an equal 50/50 female/male split at our festivals.
• We always try to have kid’s races at our events.
• We have the goodest looking Marshals.
Innovation in mountain bike events since 2005!
2018 and the No Fuss team smashed it again with the introduction of Ski an Duro. An artful combination of snow sport action and downhill/enduro in the Outdoor Capital of the UK
Sticking with the Enduro scene, the POC Scottish Enduro Series continues to go from strength to strength. With 6986 starters over the last four years in 19 locations across Scotland the series is the jewel in the crown for promoting Scotland as a No 1 destination for Mountain Biking.
10 under the Ben the flagship of the No Fuss fleet and the model replicated by others across the UK continues to attract over 600 like minded riders to Nevis range, Scotland’s premier International event destination. In 15 years over 10 thousand people have participated in this awesome event.
Macavalanche is a classic on the racing calendar, as crazy as it is iconic. Like the Kamikaze DH races that defined modern mountain biking, the Macavalanche is old school, the rules are simple – who can get down the mountain the fastest? This is mountain bike racing at its purest, racing down a mountain – against the clock, yes – but also against the person buckarooing around in front of you and the hordes trying to chase you down from behind.
Internationalisation is important to the No Fuss team and with a frantic October 2018, the team delivered EWS European Rnd 4 reckoned by many to be the most important thing that happened in UK enduro 2018.
One week later and it was WEMBO 2018, with participants form 21 countries fighting it out for the title of World 24 Hr Champion. Everyone who was anyone was there as Canadian, Cory Wallace and the USA’s Kaitlyn Boyle fought a fierce battle to take the title.
With one event still to deliver and the anticipation of announcements and further innovation in 2019 the No Fuss Team would love your vote and we look forward to welcoming you in 2019. No Fuss.
DH is dead! Nah - let's get real - DH is still the most exciting discipline in mountain biking. Testing the best riders on the hardest courses - it is the pinnacle of the sport.
The Scottish Downhill Association were delighted with the 2018 series venues.
This year saw us organizing two National races – one at Fort William (Round 2 of the HSBC National DH series and Round 2 of the SDA series) and the HSBC National Championships at Glencoe, along with the rest of our series at some or our favourite venues. We held our first race at Ae Forest in April and our Series Finale and the Scottish Champs at Fort William early in September. The scene in Scotland is still as vibrant and exciting as it has ever been. The Scottish series and National Championships are organised by the SDA, a voluntary group that has a deep passion for the sport and delivers high quality events.
The Scottish Cross Country (SXC) Mountain Bike Series offers everything from taster events for novice mountain bikers, to full on elite racing, and everything in between. The 2018 series originally consisted of six events across Scotland. However, 2018 got off to a disappointing start with round 1 in Glentress cancelled due to extreme snowy icy weather, nevertheless the remaining 5 rounds held at Dalbeattie, Cathkin Braes, Lochore Meadows, Dunoon and Glentress proved to be a huge success, averaging 300 riders at each event. The final round was the biggest yet with over 400 racers! In the middle of the year SXC also hosted a round of the British XC series which was also a UCI Cat 1 ranking and had over 500 people racers.
In 2017, the SXC had a new committee who were able to build on the success of the previous committee. Between 2017and 2018 the series has gone from strength to strength, continuing to show an increase in the numbers of entrants across the board. They started a new course for the 11-12 year category to make the jump from U12’s to Juvenile less intimidating, by making a course slightly longer and more technical than the traditional course but less so than the main course. And they also hosted the women’s taster race on this course encourage more women into XC.
The SXC offers the most fun and challenging mountain biking Scotland has to offer. Whether it's to give it a go for the first time, build up points for the national series overall title, or just to watch this exciting sport, everyone is welcome at the SXC.
TweedLove Bike Festival 2018 featured a diverse programme of events with a headline Festival Weekend in June to host the UK’s premier enduro race of this year, the Whyte BEMBA British Enduro Championships. The race attracted over 600 of the country’s best enduro athletes including all the UK pros – with Mark Scott, Joe Barnes, Katy Winton, Ruaridh Cunningham, Lewis Buchanan and Bex Baraona all appearing on the podiums. We opened the race to younger rider categories than ever before, and were proud to attract our largest field of female enduro riders yet, all battling it out for the British Champions’ jerseys.
Over 10,000 people attended the weekend, with a huge event village, a film night with The Dudes of Hazzard, hilarious cross racing, coaching sessions, a giant family ride, gravel riding, and hundreds of riders including Tracy Moseley turning up to enjoy the festival vibe, demo bikes or to ride the various events.
It was Scotland’s biggest ever bike demo – with 26 bike brands including Whyte, Canyon and Santa Cruz giving riders the opportunity to demo over 2,000 awesome bikes. Adrenalin Uplift provided the opportunity to test bikes at Glentress or Innerleithen and we provided a fab choice of local food and drink (and beer) and even a free open air cinema night for the kids.
Outside our big British Champs weekend, TweedLove also hosted a summer of good times on the bike, with the Triple Crown enduro series, a sell-out Odlo Glentress Seven, the UK’s biggest kids bike event (Islabikes Family Day), and G-Form Enjoyro - a hugely popular entry-level enduro race.
All in all, 6187 riders actively took part in the TweedLove events with 389 winners on podiums, 472km of courses marked out and 138 hours of trail digging to keep it running sweet. Smiles? Too many to count. Roll on 2019.
TweedLove Bike Festival – Event of the Year 2016
TweedLove Bike Festival - Event of the Year 2017