Media Release: Cyclist Mark Beaumont and MSP Roseanna Cunningham to open Comrie Croft trails network


MARK Beaumont, the record-breaking long-distance cyclist, and Roseanna Cunningham, MSP for Perthshire South and Kinross-shire, will officially open the new Comrie Croft mountain bike trail network at 09:00 on Saturday 27 June, as part of the Cream O’ The Croft Bike Festival.

The three-day Cream O’ The Croft Bike Festival, a fun-packed, family-friendly weekend on fat tyres, from Friday 26 to Sunday 28 June, is being staged to celebrate the completion of the trail network at Comrie Croft, to officially open it to the public and to showcase the great variety of riding on its compact 16km network.

Mark Beaumont, who recently smashed the world record for the fastest solo ride for the length of Africa (41d 10h 22mins), said: “I live and train near Comrie, in rural Perthshire, so I’m delighted to now have the amazing Comrie Croft mountain bike trails on my doorstep and it is a pleasure to officially open them.

“The 16 kilometre network of trails are in easy reach of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth, and have an impressive range, from the novice to the really tricky black route!

“For such a compact area, there is a fantastic mix of trails that suit all skill levels, ages and fitness abilities, combined with a quality bike hire shop.

“I am looking forward to exploring the tracks more and seeing lots more people coming to Perthshire to experience the best riding in Scotland!”

Cream O’ The Croft Bike Festival has an action packed programme for bike riders, spectators and enthusiastic supporters alike, with on site camping so no-one has to miss a minute of the action.

There will be mountain bike races for all ages and biking abilities, a bunnyhop contest, demo bikes and a pumptrack challenge.

A giant airbag will be on site all day on Sunday for everyone to try out those jaw dropping big tricks seen on YouTube an a big air competition at the end of the day.

Roseanna Cunningham MSP said: “I am absolutely delighted to be participating in the official opening of Comrie Croft’s new mountain bike trail network, tying in with the Cream of the Croft Bike Festival which promises to provide three very busy days of family fun.

“Comrie Croft is a really innovative local business constantly looking for new ways to expand and improve the service and facilities on offer to visitors and to the wider area.

“I wish them every success with the weekend’s festivities and I wish much enjoyment to those who will be using this new trail network in the months and years to come.”

The centerpiece of the Festival is The Funduro, an eight-stage mash up mountain bike Enduro for ages 14/15 to 50+ on Saturday 27 June.

Featuring eight timed stages ranging from bike park skills and a cross-country sprint to dual slalom, a hill climb and red and black downhill sections, this grin-inducing event is destined to live up to its name.

One of the highlights of the festival will be a pedal powered screening of the latest mountain bike blockbuster from renowned Anthill Films on Friday 26 June.

Audience members will have to take their turns on the rollers, to power the screening!

The festival is not just about the big kids. The wee ones will be entertained all weekend too, with a kids demo bike day, a giant water slide, a pop up wildlife park, Re:Make kids activities, bike coaching and even a bagpiping unicyclist.

Evening entertainment includes the cream of up-and-coming music acts in Bands In The Barn, a courtyard disco and an open mic session; all topped off with the very best craft beer and cider; and even a battle of the beers.

Hansen’s kitchen will provide the best of locally-sourced food throughout the festival, all served up in a hay barn.

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Media contact:

Paddy Cuthbert | Littlehouse Media | E: |

M: +44 (0)7913 951717

Notes to editors

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Sponsors, partners and supporters


Comrie Croft –

Comrie Croft Bikes –

Comrie Croft Bike Trail Funders:

Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust –

SportScotland (2014 Legacy Fund) –

Scottish Rural Development Programme –

Event organiser:

Muckmedden Events –

Sponsors of Muckmedden:

Alpine Bikes –

Perthshire Flooring –

Alechemy Brewing –

Event food and drink:

Hansen’s Kitchen –

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