The Outsider Festival

by Ben Haworth 0

A Festival Of Its Time And Place
Rothiemurchus Estate, near Aviemore
Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 June 2009

Outrider 4, the headline outdoor activity at the Outsider Festival on Sunday 28 June, is a mountain bike event with a difference. Planted in the heart of a unique summer festival riders can soak up the festival atmosphere including Saturday night headliner Sharleen Spiteri before taking to the saddle. Riders can then relax and unwind to the tunes of Teenage Fanclub or catch some top comedy with the likes of Fred Macaulay, Shazia Mirza, Miles Jupp, Kevin Bridges and Aaron Counter, film screenings and much more.

Ray McGinley of Teenage Fanclub said : ‘We’re playing The Outsider because it’s like some of the festivals we play in Scandinavia and other parts of Europe where it’s a great place to be anyway and the music is the icing on the cake.’

Run on an endurance format, individuals and teams of two, three or four will compete over four hours to see who can complete the most laps of a top-class eight mile (approx) course on some fantastic trails around Rothiemurchus. The course will include a mixture of forestry roads and singletrack with some interesting natural sections and some superb mountain bike terrain; with stunning views to the Cairngorm Mountains.

Based on the renowned Three Tens series the focus is on fun so if riders want to take their time and enjoy the scenery they can and for those keen to put in as many laps as possible the course is waiting for them to take the challenge. Who knows Sharleen might make the most of her weekend and take to the trails with Teenage Fanclub in tow.

Neil Dalgleish, the Outsider Festival biking organiser, said: ‘The Outrider 4 is a unique biking event. We’ve got a brilliant course, and the four-hour format makes it really accessible to all levels of riders. The transition area will be right in the festival arena so it should be a lot of fun for everyone.

‘This has to be the best value bike event of the season – for around the same price as entry to most other bike races, you get a great afternoon’s riding and a full-blown festival experience too – with music, comedy, film and an unbelievable choice of other things to do. The idea was to create the perfect day or weekend out, and I think it will prove to be just that. We’ve also just added a special £15 camping ticket for OutRider 4 competitors. Participants can arrive on-site the night before the event, get a good nights rest before an exhilarating day of exercise and festival fun, without committing to the full weekend festival.’

The Outsider will have a packed programme of great bands and DJs, classic movies, comedy and cabaret and cool stuff for kids, all under canvas. With so much going on both day and night inside and outside the event arena this is a biking event that all non riding family and friends of all ages will definitely want to be at. A day ticket for Sunday costs £35 plus booking fee, and entry to the Outrider 4 is an additional £15. A weekend ticket costs £60.

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