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  • The Blairadam Blast – MTB race in Fife, Scotland
  • THE BLAIRADAM BLAST.

    Sunday 1st March 2009, in Blairadam Forest, nr Kelty in Fife

    A race event to raise funds for the Bike: Blairadam trailbuilding project.

    The format:- 1 1/2 hrs of MTB racing round a 2 mile course. Most laps done in the time wins. If you are out when the time finishes, you finish your lap and it counts towards your total.

    Pre-entry cost: £10 per rider (£9 for members of TLI)

    Entry on line is £11.

    Male and female categories: under 18, over 18, over 50 and singlespeed.

    Enter here:

    https://www.entryweb.co.uk/event.asp?id=219

    Prizes provided by:
    Sandy Wallace Cycles
    Hardie Bikes
    The Bike Shop (Scotland)
    Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative

    Cheers.

    Bike: Blairadam
    @blairadam.com">info@blairadam.com
    http://www.blairadam.com

    daveb
    Member

    Sounds good, unfortunately i am away that weekend or I would have entered.

    For anyone else thinking about this that havent been to Blairadam before, it has some excellent natural singletrack and the work done by the trailbuilders is excellent.

    Sounds good – I need to venture up to Blairadam soon, recently moved to Dunfermline.

    Alek
    Member

    provisionally penciled in. see you there 😀

    marty
    Member

    bring it on.

    grant
    Member

    >bring it on.

    Don’t forget the beer and donuts for the SS class. \oo/

    grant
    Member

    EoL should be open from about 10am and will close at about 11am.

    Premier Icon mustard
    Subscriber

    I was reminded earlier that it’s this weekend, I haven’t been out on the bike in about a month and need to put it back together before I can! 😮

    Looks like the bike:blairadam site is down, I can’t get it to open 😕

    marty
    Member

    will be roadtesting the singlespeeder donuts this week. remember, beer and donuts are for start line only. any intact beer or donuts at the end will be reclaimed.

    think the server that http://www.blairadam.com is down (along with a few others).

    can pre-enter here – https://www.entryweb.co.uk/event.asp?id=219

    Premier Icon Dougal
    Subscriber

    Website has been down today, hope you guys get it fixed.

    Slight concern about the downhill start, how about making it up the track to the carpark, and turn left and left again to go down the singletrack for the start loop?

    The SCX start in 2007 was chaos, with a fair few riders coming a cropper at the bottom of the descent. Would be a bit nasty to have someone’s season ruined if they were involved in a pileup on the start of the first race!

    Yes, site and e-mail appear to be down. Suffice to say, it’s unhelpful but hopefully sorted soon There’s a few other sites hosted by the same party that are down as Marty says.

    The entry page is up though as above and not down (being completely seperate)….

    https://www.entryweb.co.uk/event.asp?id=219

    grant
    Member

    Slight concern about the downhill start, how about making it up the track to the carpark, and turn left and left again to go down the singletrack for the start loop?

    You read our minds.

    Premier Icon Dougal
    Subscriber

    You read our minds.

    I find that happens a lot.

    Alek
    Member

    Mud tyres?

    Mud tyres?

    If you want, but they’ll be draggy as hell on quite a bit of the course.

    Dougal – Member

    Website has been down today, hope you guys get it fixed.

    Back up now, thankfully.

    Alek
    Member

    If you want, but they’ll be draggy as hell on quite a bit of the course……Wasn’t planning on it 🙂

    Hope to see you there. Flying the flag for LBS Squarewheels……..

    mcmoonter
    Member

    I was trailbuilding there on Saturday and rode there on Sunday and Monday. I was as close to perfect for riding as you can get. It hasnt rained there since, so if you fancy a great techy XC course within 30 mins of Edinburgh, give this a go.

    Premier Icon Dougal
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    Did a few laps this afternoon. What can I say, the course is so good. Not worth running mud tyres, could probably get away with old-school semi-slicks if you don’t mind sliding on roots. The flowy rooty singletrack is great, should make for some fun racing.

    Bring on Sunday.

    mcmoonter
    Member

    The descent from the ridge down to blaze burnside path should be a prime spectating point.

    grant
    Member

    The descent from the ridge down to blaze burnside path should be a prime spectating point.

    Wouldn’t it be great to be the marshall stationed right at the bottom of that section, complete with comfy folding chair, DSLR and perhaps even a beer..

    Oh wait………….. 🙂

    Dougal, glad you’re liking the course. Are you entering on the day? If so, EoL opens at about 10 and should close at 11.

    mcmoonter
    Member

    Grant, maybe smelling salts and TCP may be more useful.

    Premier Icon Dougal
    Subscriber

    Grant – Will enter online tomorrow, just to save you chaps the paperwork.

    grant
    Member

    mcmoonter – Member

    Grant, maybe smelling salts and TCP may be more useful.

    Nah, as long as people lean back and pick a good line it’ll be fine…..

    Mike showing how not to ride it…. 😀

    mcmoonter
    Member

    Up the way

    grant
    Member

    Well, if you want to, Peter.

    grant
    Member

    Thanks Dougal

    stoat
    Member

    Is there going to be much of a ss turn out?

    grant
    Member

    I know some of the entrants and a handfull are racing SS. Otherwise, we can’t tell until they make themselves known at registration.

    Have you pre-entered?

    On another note, we’re planning to close the online entries this evening at about 7pm as we need to do some paperwork etc.

    stoat
    Member

    Still at the thinking about it stage..
    Will have decided by 7 though

    grant
    Member

    You can always EoL tomorrow if you’ve still not decided by 7. EoL is open from 10 – 11 tomorrow morning.

    Remember, beer and donuts for SSers.. 🙂

    Have entered. Looking forward to it – weather forecast looks decent.

    grant
    Member

    Update…

    Just back from marking most of the course and it looks good.

    Got to finish some of the marking tomorrow morning, put warning signs up on the access roads and block off where applicable.

    I’m busy tonight so online entries will remain open.

    Prize pot is looking very good too. 😀

    grant
    Member

    Entries now closed.

    marty
    Member

    the beer is flandrian
    the donuts are chocolate

    first come, first served.

    grant
    Member

    ONLINE entries now closed.

    Missed out one rather significant word! 🙄

    EoL is open from 10am – 11am sunday morning.

    grant
    Member

    Stoat – did you enter?

    The field was 20% singlespeed in the end.

    Results are here:-

    http://www.blairadam.com/event/results.pdf

    stoat
    Member

    Afraid I didn’t 🙁
    After a bit more riding than planned and an impromptu gig on sat I felt a bit battered come sunday morning! Next time no such excuses…

    grant
    Member

    Photos are here:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/grantdoig/sets/72157614695162157/

    They’re tagged by race number so you should be able to find yourself.

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