Welcome to the MBUK x Scott Dirty Half Dozen – a series of six magazine features where we’re going to get stuck into different challenges that we feel every mountain biker should try. Over the next few months, we’ll be trying our hand at everything from DH racing and multi-day enduros to epic rides in big mountains and overnight adventures. But first on the tick list is 24-hour cross-country racing. And for a pair of first-timers, what better event to start with than the Strathpuffer – a dark, cold and much-feared endurance test, held in the Scottish Highlands, in January.
It’s not just riding through the night on snow and ice that’s hard – it’s the keeping warm in between! Photo: Andy McCandlish
In the April 2019 issue of the mag – on sale now – you can read about our experience of the race. But the Strathpuffer isn’t just a gruelling event for the racers, it’s the support crews who have to stay awake, fuelling the riders, making sure they’re warm, ensuring they’re on schedule and keeping the motivation up. We were lucky enough to have our friend Tom Marvin from BikeRadar helping us out. This video is an account of the race from his perspective…
Our Dirty Half Dozen series is supported by Scott Bikes. For this event we raced on their Spark 910 model.
Staff Writer Ed is a downhiller at heart but has been riding bikes of all types since a young age. He’s raced both nationally and internationally in downhill and enduro and has spent several summers living in The Alps and Canada, riding, roadtripping and living the dirt bag lifestyle. He’s also an avid trail builder and has scraped out numerous steep and technical lines in the woodlands of his native North Yorkshire. These days Ed will happily turn his hand to any discipline and he says that the sign of a good week is when every bike in his shed ends up muddy by the end of it.