Media Release: Two-wheeled May madness at the Selkirk Bike Festival


Selkirk High Street to be closed for a fun evening of bike-related activities and entertainment for all the family; as part of The Selkirk MTB Marathon weekend

ON the evening of Friday 1 May 2015, Durty Events, organisers of the Selkirk Mountain Bike Marathon and British Mountain Bike Marathon Championships (2 May 2015), are taking over the centre of Selkirk, turning it over to a free festival of two-wheeled mayhem for all the family.

From 19:00 to 21:00 The Selkirk Bike Festival, supported by Scottish Borders Council, Selkirk Community Council and Selkirk Chamber of Trade, will be staged on the traffic-free High Street with an action-packed programme of biking activities, events and attractions for all ages.

The top-class entertainment includes a new Pump Track, a huge airbag on which to try out those big air tricks copied straight from YouTube, head-to-head lung busting roller racing (Rollapolluza style), jaw-dropping displays from The 3-Sixty Bike Stunt Team, and a showing of stunning bike films (including the making of Danny Macaskill / Cut Media’s epic ‘The Ridge’ filmed on the Isle of Skye).

Hardies Bikes of Melrose will also be on hand for everyone’s biking related retail and repair needs.

Paul McGreal, from Durty Events, said: “Our Friday evening Bike Festival is an extremely popular event within the Selkirk MTB Marathon weekend, with both locals and visitors alike having a fantastic time on the traffic-free High Street.

“This year, we have a Pump Track, head-to-head Roller Racing, bike stunt displays, an airbag and a mini bike film festival.

“Best of all, it’s totally free of charge, family-friendly and pretty spectacular. Please come along, bring your bikes and join in the fun before hundreds of riders head into the stunning Scottish Borders’ hills on Saturday morning.”

Selkirk’s High Street will also be the place to be at 10:00 on Saturday 2 May 2015 as the mass start of four waves of mountain bike riders taking part in the Selkirk MTB Marathon and the British MTB Marathon Championships gets under way.

Hundreds of sportive and elite mountain bikers, bunched together and jostling for position, will ride in a huge, compact procession from the centre of Selkirk to the entrance to Bowhill Estate (approx. four miles) behind a special lead vehicle.

Once the flag drops in the lead vehicle, it’s game on and the marathon can begin.

It will be an amazing sight for spectators and supporters lining the route to wave off the riders.

The ever-popular Selkirk MTB Marathon has a choice of three single-loop and fully marked courses (approx. 25km, 50km and 75km), all setting off in waved start and visiting the valleys of the Rivers Tweed, Yarrow and Ettrick.

The epic sportive event has something for families, novices, intermediates, enthusiasts and racing snakes alike.

The British MTB Marathon Championships will see the UK’s elite riders fighting it out over the 75km loop for national honours and those coveted red, white and blue winner’s jerseys.

To round off the Marathon weekend in style, the Selkirk MTB Marathon and the British MTB Marathon Championships will be followed up by ‘The Reivers Raid’, the fourth round of the Scottish MTB Challenge Series (mountain bike orienteering) on Sunday 3 May 2015 –


Media contact:

For further information and to arrange interviews please contact:

Paddy Cuthbert at Littlehouse Media | e: | M: 017913 951717

For downloadable images from 2013 and 2014 Selkirk Mountain Bike Marathon and National Championships go to:

Please credit Ian Linton Photography.

Notes to Editors:

The British MTB Marathon Championships and the Selkirk MTB Marathon will take place on Saturday 2 May 2015. Entries The British MTB Marathon Championships are now closed. Entries close for the Selkirk MTB Marathon at midnight Sunday 26 April.

Online entry is via and there are also links from

Durty Events: Durty Events are a Selkirk-based events organiser responsible for award winning triathlon and duathlon events throughout Scotland including the Durty Triathlon, Craggy Island Triathlon and the famous Celtman! Extreme Triathlon.

They took over the management of The Selkirk MTB Marathon in 2013. The event grew from 375 registered riders in 2013 to 550 riders in 2014.

For more information on Durty Events’ 2015 programme of events go to:

Key event sponsors and supporters:

EventScotland – EventScotland is working to make Scotland the perfect stage for events. By developing an exciting portfolio of sporting and cultural events EventScotland is helping to raise Scotland’s international profile and boost the economy by attracting more visitors. For further information about EventScotland, its funding programmes and latest event news visit Follow EventScotland on Twitter @EventScotNews. EventScotland is part of VisitScotland, the national tourism organisation which markets Scotland as a tourism destination across the world, gives support to the tourism industry and brings sustainable tourism growth to Scotland.

Scottish Borders Council

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