Is there an age limit?
Any participant under the age of 16 needs to have the specific permission from the organisers to take part.
Any rider under the age of 14 must be accompanied on every lap by an adult and must be capable of riding mixed terrain in challenging conditions - in all cases the organisers reserve the right to end or suspend the participation of any young rider should they deem it appropriate.
So it eats brake pads?
Yes and no. There's a lot of mica in the surrounding area, and it makes its way onto the course quite profusely.
What wears the pads down is not the mud (well, not just the mud), but the mica-laden water sprayed up off the course as you ride it.
Sintered pads are your best bet, and it's fresh-from-the-packet pads that tend to die (and fresh-from-the-packet organics are lucky to last more than a couple of laps), so if you've bedded your pads in beforehand, it's not unreasonable to expect them to last the entire event in dry and or frozen conditions (and dry conditions have happened, so shush!)
Is it really only one car per team?
Yes it is. There's no point trying to sneak another in, it won't work; you only get one car park entry token per team.
We're not being mean, there's just not the room. There is overflow parking right around the corner though, so it's not the end of the world.
Whatever you prefer. The course is a mix of forestry road climbs, graded paths, and then general assorted rocky and muddy traversing, singletrack, descents, and yes, the odd climb.
Where are the live results?
Depending on when you read this, they are/were/will be here.
The odd straw poll of the podium would suggest most who podium don't bother. That said, for everyone else, it's up to you. If you've got some, you've nothing to lose by bringing them along, although make sure you bed them in according to the instructions, otherwise you'll find the studs escaping fairly rapidly.
If it is icy, and you've not got ice tyres, don't worry, as a line wears in very rapidly, although be prepared for the odd "Bambi on ice" moment during the first hour or two.
Are there showers/facilities?
We have port-a-loos! No showers unless you bring your own.
Is there a bike wash?
Yes there is. We have a bike wash which at certain times can become busy, so please be patient.
Is there a bike shop/mechanic/parts to buy?
Yes, there is a mechanic and a limited supply of spares from Square Wheels. Cash or Cards are accepted.
Is there catering?
There is catering in the event centre (the marquee) by Red Poppy catering, supplying hot drinks, pasta, burgers etc. There is also a pasta party in the Contin village hall on Friday night £10.00 entry; eat as much as you can, and canned beer/lager/cider are also available.
It's never happened, and we don't expect it to, but in the unlikely event that we have to cancel the race due to circumstances outwith our control (we're talking high winds and falling trees for example), we will refund 25% of your entry fee and offer a guaranteed place in the following year's event.
Where does the money from the exit gate go?
All donations collected on the gate on Sunday will go to Highland Hospice. Maggie’s provides free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends, following the ideas about cancer care originally laid out by Maggie Keswick Jencks. https://www.maggiescentres.org