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Relentless 24

Not for the faint hearted, this 24 hour mountain biking marathon will stretch you to the max. It takes advantage of the amazing, world-class trails at the heart of the Forestry Commission’s Leanachan Forest near Fort William. Obviously, you can have a break, and food and shower facilities are on hand, but the object is to do as many circuits of the course as you possibly can. This year’s event takes place on Halloween after the clocks have gone back, making the night even longer and the challenge tougher so make sure you invest in some decent lights.

Check out the video of the 2010 event here to see what all the fuss is about.


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Cream o’ the Croft – Mountain Biking Festival

Scotland’s only dedicated mountain biking festival is being held at the award-winning Comrie Croft Trail Centre in Perthshire. The main event of the weekend is a MTB championship, consisting of several challenging rounds, with the overall winner claiming the title of ‘The Cream o’ the Croft’. There’s also a ‘Funduro’ – an 8-stage mashup enduro – in the words of the organisers! There will be eight timed stages, with classes from teens to veterans, and 200 places available, it should attract a great crowd. In addition to the mountain biking activities, the family-friendly camping weekend will also feature live music, locally sourced food and drink, a craft fair and many more activities to suit everyone.


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The Edinburgh Festival of Cycling

One of the UK’s best cycling festivals, the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling, returns for a fourth year showcasing all aspects of bicycle culture in the city, with events for all ages. Highlights include a naked bike ride, tours of the old town, nutrition advice and an audience with Laurence McJannet, author of a new book on Bikepacking. For more information on specific events, visit


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Pearl Izumi Tour Series (Edinburgh)

Round three of the Pearl Izumi Tour sees the event come to Edinburgh, for a challenging course which includes hairpin bends and cobbled streets!

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Pearl Izumi Tours Series (Motherwell)

Motherwell plays host to the fantastic cycling event with a women’s race followed by men’s race.

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Selkirk Bike Festival

This free, family-friendly event situated in the centre of Selkirk, ties in with the MTB Marathon and the MTB Raid the following day. There’s a pump track to try out, shows and displays, food stalls and cycling movies.

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Dunoon Ride and Run

Starting and finishing in Dunoon, this fun cycling and running event has a few challenges to throw at you. Comprised of seven stages, the enduro style race has hill climbs and sprinting – but at all times there is a relaxed atmosphere to encourage competitors of all abilities.
See website for further details.

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Ride It Callander Sportive

With a choice of short, medium or long rides over two days to choose from, you’ll cycle through spectacular scenery. The routes are all way marked, with marshalls on hand and technical support too. Book before 24 January and get a free High5 energy pack worth £10 free. See website for more information.

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CycleFest Edinburgh 2015

Celebrating the diverse world of cycling, CycleFest Edinburgh 2015 is the inaugural event taking place at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange. As well as bringing together some of the world’s best known brands, the event will include a number of exhibitors, features and displays offering both newcomers, experienced cyclists and families a weekend of fun. The Savage Skills Stunt Team will be making an appearance as well as Matti Hemmings and there will also be a variety of talks from professionals throughout the weekend. Kids can enjoy a bouncy castle, soft play area and bubble football amongst other activities.

Tickets are £10 for Saturday and Sunday or £15 for a weekend pass.

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Coupar Angus Cycling Festival

A fun, entry-level festival devoted to bikes and inspiring people to get into cycling. There will be all sorts of things to keep the family occupied, like demonstrations from The Clan – a stunt bike team, who are always good value. There’s the obligatory airbag for firing yourself into, a pump track challenge and various other competitions. There will be bikes for sale, demo bikes to try and Dr Bike will be on hand to answer any techy questions. Oh, and did we mention it’s free!?

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Cream o’ the Croft

View from the tent at the High Meadow

Neil Braidwood tries out some mtb trails ahead of the inaugural mountain bike festival in Perthshire. Read more ›

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Sustrans Scotland celebrates 20 years of the National Cycle Network


This is a big year for the sustainable transport charity Sustrans as it marks two decades of the National Cycle Network and the completion of a new long-distance route, The Caledonia Way. Eileen Malone caught up with Sustrans Scotland’s national director John Lauder. Read more ›

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