Endurance test ahead for Falkirk riders

Bespoke's Andy O'Neill at the Red trail which will be finished for the Falkirk Funduro event
Bespoke's Andy O'Neill at the Red trail which will be finished for the Falkirk Funduro event
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A community group is gearing up to host a massive endurance cycling event that will get pulses racing through the Callendar Estate woods.

Volunteer-led Bespoke Community Development Company, which maintains the bike trails on the historic estate, has joined forces with Muckmedden to bring a 30km race to riders in November.

The unique family-friendly Falkirk Funduro event isn’t just for experienced mountain bikers as there are also rides for novice riders of all skill levels and people of all ages from under-sixes to the 50-plus.

Bespoke is in the process of upgrading the increasingly popular routes and the Red trail has been transformed from a “stoppy-starty” experience to a flowy, “berm-filled delight” with new berms and rollers, according to users.

The new-look trail will be ready for the Funduro, which is taking place on November 21.

There will also be an “all-natural Enduro” stage specifically for the race which will offer a new challenge to the trails already there.

A spokesperson from Bespoke said: “Bespoke has been working really hard to get the trail network and new additions ready for the Funduro.

“Our volunteers have been up Auchengean every other weekend, developing our new technical red trail, which will be an excellent addition to the day’s events.

“We are also really excited to premier our new pump tack, which will be fully operation in time for the Funduro. We are really looking forward to hosting Muckmedden Mountain Bike Events too, they have a proven track record of organising first class mountain bike events so we can’t wait to see what they pull out the bag this time. It should be a fantastic day out.”

The Callendar Estate facilities now boast a cycle centre which sells and hires bikes and the Canada Wood Kitchen for dining with panoramic views.

There will also be a night ride at the event when riders can strap lights to their helmets to race round the routes and spectators and participants can toast the day’s winners at a bonfire to bring the Funduro to a close.

Aaron Gray of Muckmedden Events, said: “Lots of our entrants bring their family to our events as they know there will always be kid’s races and other activities to keep them amused.

“Our Funduros have a super-friendly atmosphere and trails that are just technical enough to make riders feel elated, not deflated. They are the perfect events for the Enduro curious novice to try their hand at racing. These events are all about having fun, not shaving tenths off stage times.”

The Falkirk Funduro includes a range of events with options of ‘day only’ or ‘day and night’ race entries on Saturday, November 14 with durations of between 1.5 and three hours.

Schedule - Under-6: balance bike and pedal bike races in the Bike Park, 10-11am, £5 entry, payable on the day; Mini Funduro: (ages 6–11), two timed stages on Green graded trails, 11am–1pm; Falkirk Funduro (day): four timed stages ranging from Blue to Red grade trails (with black graded options), 1–4pm; Falkirk Funduro (night): 4.30–9.30pm.

An all women Muckmaiden Ride Out will also be held the week prior to the main event.

For more information or to book visit www.muckmedden.co.uk/falkirk-funduro.

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