Kirroughtree, this is our “family round” with great camping facilities, permanent showers and toilets and a course that’s just pure fun. Often racers will bring the whole family, as the idyllic camping area and permanent brick shower/toilet block gives a holiday vibe; enhanced by the smells from many BBQ’s in the evening.
To encourage this we are running a free kids race on the Saturday afternoon, 7th September. No pre-entry required, just turn up!
The main race on the Sunday is for 11+ if you have more experienced riders, but on the Saturday there is a 1-stage taste of what MTB Enduro is. A very tame course suitable for very young pre-school kids upwards. Balance bikes, or pedal bikes – all you need is an accompanying adult and a £20 deposit for the timing chip, and a helmet.
We’ll race down part of the blue-grade taster loop very close to the visitor centre, and the kids can do the course multiple times and try and beat their previous time. Parents can ride or walk/run close by while they do to “chaperone” the kids.
Maybe they’ll even come back on the Sunday to watch the main event, we just want to open the eyes of the kids and give them something good to aspire too as they reach teenage. Even if just one thinks they can make a hobby from riding a bike that would be great.