17 hours of darkness

12th annual 24 hour mountain bike endurance event

21st - 22nd January 2017

Strathpeffer, Scottish Highlands

Gary Williamson event photo

The 'puffer

The Strathpuffer - or "The 'Puffer" - started in 2005. It was meant to be a one-off local event, but somehow, more than a decade later we have a national event with a legendary status.

Over the years we have had every possible type of weather conditions - gales that blew away our marquee, iced roads, 2ft of snow the week before the event, temperatures down to minus 10 degrees, rain, hail and even sunshine... you get the picture. But then, if we insist on staging a 24 hour event in the Highlands of Scotland in the middle of winter what do we expect?

We now attract competitors from all over the world - probably because we were included in the US Bike magazines top 10 toughest Mountain Bike events on the planet - and we are widely recognised as the event every decent mountain biker needs on his palmares.

The Event

The Strathpuffer follows the traditional 24 hour MTB format with laps of a circa 11km course

We start at 10.00 am on Saturday morning and competitors must start their last lap by 10.00 am on Sunday morning and complete it by 11.00 am

The event is open to solos, pairs, teams of four, teams of eight for schools, and teams of ten.

To keep you safe and smiling we have two safety points on the course manned by our fantastic marshals without whom the events would not be possible.

The event is timed by our friends from SportIDENT - bombproof accuracy and reliability.

To keep you smiling we have music playing throughout the event in the transition area - sometimes live, sometimes just good tunes

Billy Bones is the patron saint (and a permanent resident) of the Strathpuffer 24 course
We didn't think we'd ordered a collapsible marquee. Ah, Puffer '08, that was 'interesting'.