Last weekend I attended an Enduro race with a difference. The Fair City Enduro is a race unlike any other. Participants are encouraged to dress up in the finest and scariest attire they can find as the race falls close to Halloween. This creates a unique spectacle as riders dressed as Witches, Werewolves, Ghouls and Goblins race down some of the finest trails the Fair city of Perth has to offer. The whole vibe of the event is chilled out and relaxed with groups of riders, friends and families all riding the stages together. I even managed to convince my Dad and sister to come along and give racing ago.
We headed off in groups of 30 or so and out into the woods. Stage 1 was the toughest of the day; a climb which seemed to get steeper and steeper the higher up you went. The temptation was to try and sprint up it, but at the same time it was too long to sprint without having your lungs explode.
Stage 2 was a bit more like that of a standard Enduro race. Fresh cut trails gave way to loamy turns and sketchy off camber sections. After 2 our adrenaline was definitely flowing as we headed for the rest of the stages.
Stage 3 was a mix of natural trail and then a tour into Deuchny Hill bike park where keeping things low over the tabletops was vital for a fast time.
Stage 4 was a brilliantly fun trail. A fast rock slab section to start spat you into the woods where you were following a beautiful ribbon of trail through the woods moving at warp speed. I overshot a corner 3/4 of the way into the stage which cost me a lot of time but overall it was one of my favourites.
Stage 5, which was sponsored by KONA bike Co. was probably the best stage of the race. It was the first stage where the ground was a little wetter and slick. A technical rock garden to start which was covered in grass meant line choice would be vital. I went well on the stage but blew out a few corners towards the bottom meaning I lost a bit more time in the already tight margins.
Stage 6 was the longest stage of the race. The "cliff run" as it's known follows a line along the cliffs you see from the A90 as you travel North and past Perth. The stage is flat out from the start with some scary blind drops that you hit at around 30mph while the bike kicks and bucks under the rough ground. I almost ended my race here when I misjudged a braking point by quite a considerable margin almost causing me an excursion down the cliffs.
We headed back to the city centre to hand in our dibbers and compare times.
I managed to take 2nd in Seniors and 4th overall. I dressed as Thor and the red cape was flowing. Thank you to Scott and Aaron for the invitation and for putting on another fantastic event. I can honestly say that the Forfar Enduro and the Fair City Enduro have been two of the best races of the year. With a chilled vibe and family atmosphere, it is really brilliant to see that events like this will only grow and prosper as more people get into the sport. Thank you also to all the marshals for keeping spirits high and giving a smile to everyone who rode past.
Thanks also to KONA's, Scott Belshaw, for coming round the stages with us. He looked to be having an awesome time racing again in bonnie Scotland. My 153 performed faultlessly as always and was the prefect tool for the job.
As always thank you to KONA Bikes, Hart’s Cyclery, SweetProtection, FiveTen UK, HIGH5 Sports nutrition, Renthal, EVOC and e13 for their support this year. It would not be possible to do these races without you.
For a more detailed report from the event check out http://enduro-mtb.com/en/race-report-fair-city-enduro-bringing-back-the-fun/
Full results can also be found here http://www.muckmedden.co.uk/2014/10/26/fair-city-enduro-2014-results/