The Strathpuffer is known as one of the top ten toughest mountain bike events in the world. Taking place in the middle of the harsh winter in Inverness, this 24-hour cycling event is a real test of endurance. The aim is to complete as many 11-kilometre laps around the Highland track as you can in 24 hours, with 17 hours of night cycling. As you’d imagine, it’s not for the faint-hearted and solo cyclists travel to the event from the world over to test their mettle on this tough course. If you’re not up to the full 24-hour event yet, why not enter as part of a team?
The Strathpuffer takes place from 10am on Saturday 21st January and the final lap must be completed by 11am on Sunday 22nd January 2017. The race takes place in the Torachilty Forest near Strathpeffer in the Scottish Highlands. Make sure you arrive on the Friday in order to register for the event - registration takes place between 6pm and 8pm. There will be a pre-Puffer Pasta Party at the Contin Community Hall to ensure you get your vital fix of hot lasagne and cold beer. The prize-giving ceremony takes place at 11.30am on the Sunday. If you’d like to take part in the race, please head to the official website to register.
Whether you’re heading to the Strathpuffer to compete or spectate, it’s hard to emphasise enough how cold it’s likely to be! With temperatures descending to minus 10 during past events, you’re likely to encounter deep snow, rain and ice. But that’s all part of the fun and it wouldn’t be a super tough endurance race otherwise! Cyclists - make sure you take your ice tyres. Spectators - take your hats, gloves and wellies so that you’re properly equipped to cheer on all the hardy participants in this amazing race.
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While you’re in the Highlands for the race, why not extend your stay so that you can check out some of the amazing scenery in this wonderful area, including: Touchstone Maze, Loch Kinellan and the Blackmuir Woods.
To find out more information about the race, please head to the official website where you’ll be able to check out the essential information you need to know if you’d like to compete, view the race course and find out detailed directions to the course.
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