Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic we’ve put together the answers to some questions you may be thinking about before entering. 

We plan to make changes to the event to meet government and event guidance, but which will continue to keep the fantastic spirit of the Puffer.

We will continue to add to these FAQs prior to the event so check in from time to time, as well as the standard FAQs (below) for the event.

It’s a moveable feast so we will of course make changes as required given government guidance at the time of the event around physical distancing, face coverings, hand hygiene etc. 

 

Numbers

Are the numbers able to enter still around 1000 in 2021?

We have decided to reduce entries to 750 in total this year to allow everyone a bit more space, on the course and on the event site.

Registration

Will registration still take place on site?

We are looking into alternative options but plan to still hold registration on the weekend of the event

Schools 

Will there be a schools category?

We have decided that in 2021 we will not run a schools category, however we want to continue to support school aged riders, so if any school aged pairs or quads are riding as a team, then we will charge the reduced price of £30 per rider.

Course

Will there be any changes made to the course?

No the course will remain the same as last year

Parking on Site

Will we still be allowed 1 vehicle per rider on site?

Yes you will

Pre-Race Briefing

Will this still happen before the start of the race?

We will still provide you a pre-race briefing, however we may do this in written form at registration.

Start

Will the start still be Le Mans style?

This would be our preferred option, but we will need to make any adjustments that are required given advice in January to protect you all.

Timing

Will the timing system be the same as usual with timing dibbers?

We will use timing dibbers but are exploring increased use of passive dibbing and also the ability to self-dib.

Catering and Bars

Will there be catering and drinks available on site?

Yes we will be working with our usual partners to provide food and drink on site

Spectators

Will spectators be allowed at the event?

We are likely to reduce significantly the number of spectators who are able to attend the event, with the exception of your support crew.

Face Coverings

Will we have to wear them at the event?

We anticipate that there will be times when face coverings are required, but this will not include when you are riding. We would expect all riders to carry one on their person in the event it may be required

Prize Giving

Will prize giving still happen on site after the event?

Yes we intend to keep this but it may look a bit different

Refund Policy (where you decide to cancel)

For 2021, we have made a few changes:

For cancellations until 30th September we will charge you an admin fee of £12

Cancellations between 1st October and 31st October will receive a 50% refund

No refunds will be given after 1st November, with the exception of competitors who have to self-isolate due to COVID-19.

Changes in personnel are available up to the start

Cancellation Policy (where we decide to cancel)

We hope that we don’t have to, but in the event that we have to cancel the race due to COVID-19, we will offer you the option of a full refund, or a transfer and guaranteed place in 2022.

If we have to cancel the event for any other 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 2022.

 

 

FAQ 

Is there an age limit?

You must be attending Secondary School in order to participate in the Strathpuffer. There is no upper age limit.

All participants under the age of 16 must provide written permission from parents at registration.

All competitors who will be under 14 during the event must contact the organisers before entering

All riders 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 vehicle 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.

Is there power to charge my batteries?

Yes, Exposure lights will have free charging facilities for any make of light throughout the race, as well as  ex-demo lights for sale. Make sure you bring your own charger.

They also provide a light hire service which will require pre-booking. Click here to book

If you've booked hire lights please collect them before the race starts...Any issued after that will be on a first-come basis. 

Please make sure your lights are fully charged so we don't overload the system.

Any enquiries about sales please contact USE Exposure via their website or by phone on  01798 839300.

Where are the live results?

Depending on when you read this, they are/were/will be here.

Ice tyres?

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?

Red Poppy Catering will be working hard over the weekend from Saturday morning onwards to keep you all fed - pasta, soup, bacon rolls, muffins, chocolate, tea, coffee and much much more will all be available to replace the many calories you will be burning.

There is limited food available during the wee small hours but FUEL Foods will be providing their porridge pots throughout the event and also tea/coffee overnight on Saturday. 

Coffee Rescue will be there to help you keep awake.....

Windswept Brewing will be there with their bar and also beers to take away. 

Glen Ord Distillery will have a hot toddy area.

On Friday night we have the Box Pizza Company onsite with their delicious artisan pizzas. You will be able to order here before the event.

Contin Community Centre host a Pasta party on Friday night.

Contin Shop will be open early till late.

Contin Petrol Station has basics... and fuel !

 

Cancellation policy

We hope that we don’t have to, but in the event that we have to cancel the race due to COVID-19, we will offer you the option of a full refund, or a transfer and guaranteed place in 2022.

If we have to cancel the event for any other 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 2022.

 

Refund Policy

For 2021, we have made a few changes:

For cancellations until 30th September we will charge you an admin fee of £12

Cancellations between 1st October and 31st October will receive a 50% refund

No refunds will be given after 1st November, with the exception of competitors who have to self-isolate due to COVID-19.

Changes in personnel are available up to the start