Photo by Gary Williamson
The 12th edition of the Strathpuffer – the legendary 24 hour mountain bike event held in the Highlands in the middle of winter - will take place on the 21st - 22nd of January 2017.
With 900 competitors set to take part in this year’s event, entries for both the solo and pairs categories selling out within minutes of going online, and around 100 names currently on the waiting list, a place on the start line of the 2017 ‘Puffer is more sought after than ever before.
The following developments are new for 2017 and demonstrate the race organisers’ continued commitment to expanding the reach of the event and delivering a top-quality and memorable race experience for a wide range of mountain bike enthusiasts.
The 2017 ‘Puffer looks set to be the biggest, burliest and busiest yet and race organisers are delighted to have the support of both EventScotland and EDF for this year’s event.
Event creator and co-organiser Steve Macdonald, said:
"When we created the Strathpuffer back in 2005, we had no idea how popular it would become and the challenges we would face as a result. The funding and support network provided by both EDF and EventScotland enables us to continue to build the reputation of the ‘Puffer, to improve the quality of the race experience and to extend the reach of the event to the wider outdoor community. It provides us with an invaluable platform from which to develop all aspects of the ‘Puffer and to help us maintain our reputation as one of the must-do mountain biking events on the planet."
Stuart Turner, Head of EventScotland, said:
“We are delighted to be supporting Strathpuffer 24 through our National Programme, an event which attracts hundreds of participants and generates huge benefit for the local area. Scotland is the perfect stage for cycling events, and this iconic endurance event, boasting some of the Scottish Highlands’ finest terrain, will once again offer participants an exhilarating yet challenging experience.”
Andrew Russell, EDF-ER Construction Project Manager, said:
“We are delighted to be sponsoring this year’s Strathpuffer. The race is now a local institution and we are glad to be able to support it.”
A Brand New Category Designed Specifically For School Teams
New for 2017 is the School Teams category, designed specifically to inspire the younger generation to get out and about and involved in mountain biking.
Targeted towards secondary school age kids, teams will be made up of 8 riders and can include a mix of pupils and teachers. The rules for the school teams are exactly the same as for the rest of the field – to complete the maximum number of laps possible within the allocated 24 hours.
Five school teams have signed up for the 2017 event so far - Dingwall, Invergordon, Moray, and 2 teams from Fortrose.
Social Media Launch And A New Website To Come
A social media campaign has been launched to help raise awareness of the event and increase coverage for race sponsors and partners.
By creating an online dialogue with mountain bike enthusiasts and the wider outdoor adventure community, the ‘Puffer team hope to communicate the spirit of the event and encourage more people to get outside and involved in sport.
Plans for 2017 include on-event Facebook Live videos presented by BBC’s The Adventure Show’s Duncan McCallum, live Twitter updates from around the course, and an Instagram feed full of the best images from the event – aka shed loads of mud, sweat and gears!
Follow the adventure via #strathpuffer.
A new website is currently being designed by Plexus Media - a local web design company based in Cromarty - and is set to launch in the next couple of weeks.