New MTB event in Scotland (Cancelled)

Mountain bikers in the Pentland Hills. Pic credit: Ian Linton.

Scotland is the location for another new biking event, this time in the shape of a bike marathon.

Photo: Mountain bikers in the Pentland Hills - Ian Linton

UPDATE: Sadly due to issues with getting agreement from all landowners, this event has had to be cancelled. A statement on the event website indicates they’re not throwing in the towel completely and will continue to try and put things in place for a future event.

Keen mountain bikers are being encouraged to enter a new endurance biking event taking place in Scotland on September 28 and 29 this year. The Edinburgh Pentlands Mountain Bike Marathon is the brainchild of Rare Management, the team behind the award winning Mountain Bike World Cup at Fort William.

This is the first MTB marathon to be staged in the Pentland Hills and is aimed at all abilities, from recreational riders and weekend warriors to pro endurance racers.

More about the Mountain Bike Marathon

The off-road cycling marathon, which is supported by the City of Edinburgh Council, starts and finishes at Swanston Farm in the Pentlands Regional Park. There are three distances to choose from that all include a wide variety of surfaces, gradients and technical challenges. There is also a tough climb that ascends 170m in 1km to face whichever route you choose (you could always get off to walk uphill if you fancy!)

The route options:

  • Single loop of 47km that climbs and descends over 1,400m.
  • 78km route
  • Full 94km marathon (double the 47km loop).

Route details:

Located close to Edinburgh, the routes take advantage of a wide network of amazing off-road trails in the Pentlands. The race routes will head from of the capital into the heart of the hills and back, using established rights of way and old droving routes, dirt roads, well-maintained wide trails and technical singletrack.

Something for younger riders

On Saturday September 28 there will also be a number of mountain bike races for riders aged eight to 18.

Something for riding toughnuts

The weekend event will include a  brutal timed 1km hill sprint on the notorious MOD access road at Howden Burn with £1000 in prize money up for grabs.

This week, Councillor Steve Cardownie, Edinburgh’s Festivals and Events Champion, said: “The Council is delighted to be supporting this exciting new addition to the city’s packed events calendar. The event offers a range of challenging routes through the Pentland Hills, giving riders of all abilities an opportunity to take part while enjoying breathtaking views over Scotland’s Capital City.”

For further information on The Edinburgh Pentlands Mountain Bike Marathon see: Edinburgh Pentlands MTB 

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