Saturday saw the festival get into full-swing. The morning’s race was a running and biking affair – the Muckathlon – a combined 30km of run-bike-run to kick start the first day of the festival.
Why not give it a go? Black Isle’s Cat snuck in a late entry, testing legs and lungs on the multi-sport route around the river banks of the Tay and heading up into the hills behind – which threw in a few killer climbs and grin-inducing descents!
The afternoon gave some time to practice for the main event. Riders were shuttled up to the top, farm-style, using a less-than-conventional form of transport – a tractor! Muckmedden is no one-tricky pony; like our Jocktoberfest festival, it’s a fun, family-orientated weekend where it’s not solely about time on two wheels. There was everything from yoga, climbing, a waterslide and face painting to keep little ones happy.
By the early evening, there was no room for race-faces, it was time for the adults balance bike race! Comedic riding ensued, quickly followed by ‘Up The Barley’ – one for the e-bikers out there!
As the sunset set over Saturday’s event, it was time for bands and beers – with Rhode Runner, Blonde, Long Time IPA, Red Kite, Cider and 23 Trees on tap.