Forfar Funduro – Thomas Mitchell“One day while sifting through my junk email indox I stumbled across this email form Scott, the organiser of the Angus Cycling Festival, it read,
“Hi Thomas, I work with Aaron Gray who organises the Muckmedden races, Fair City Enduro etc, As we are also sponsored by Kona I was just wondering if you were free and fancied racing at The Forfar Funduro race we are organising?”
How could I say no? Now I hear you asking what exactly is a “Funduro?” Well basically the event format was to consist of 6 stages, 4 of which would be your standard ‘enduro’ mountain bike stages and 2 of which consisted of a run down each side of a dual slalom track. The 4 normal stages were to be raced twice, meaning you were going to be doing a total of 10 timed stages over the day. The first time you rode each stage you would be riding it blind and there were alot of very fast locals ready to make their assault on the podium. I knew I would have my work cut out to get a top result here.
On each stage I rode smooth keeping everything clean and flowing. I was riding with 6 stitches holding my knee together so I couldn’t afford to crash. The stages were fun, fast and furious. The dry, dusty conditions and short stages made for some close racing.
In the end I won the senior category and took the overall win with the Process 153 showing its potential. Huge thanks to Kona Bikes, Hart’s Cyclery, SweetProtection, FiveTen UK, HIGH5 Sports nutrition, Renthal, EVOC and e13 for their support this year.”
I would like to thank Scott and Aaron for inviting me to this awesome event, the marshals for keeping us all safe and the riders for making this one of the most fun enduros of the year, It truly was a Funduro!