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Muck n' Mac Fest
Innerleithen, PeeblesshireTraquair House, Innerleithen, EH44 6PW, United Kingdom
Fri 29th April 2022 - Sun 1st May 2022
Starting at 16:00
Staged in the grounds of Scotland's oldest inhabited Home, Traquair House will host the inaugural festival in 2022.
Nestled in the heart of the Tweed Valley, Traquair just so happens to be the gateway to some of the finest gravel riding + MTB the country has to offer!
Over the course of the weekend, riders will take on 6 timed stages, which are accumulated in a GC format for the overall. In between, the clock stops running, giving riders the opportunity to kick back, have a blether and take in the rolling hills of the Borders that surround.
The weekend is as much about riding as the time off the bike. Our festival village has an amazing mix of activities on offer. Expect to see; live music, film, event partner expo, camping, yoga, bar areas, mixed catering experiences and various family friendly activities around the grounds of the house.
Marked Course on Saturday + Sunday
Electronic Timing for stages
Festival Village access
Event goodie bag
GPX for both days
Safety & First Aid Teams
Public Liability Insurance
What's based at the event village?
Event Partner Stalls
- Live Music - Muck n' Mac has an extensive range of live music on offer. Expect anything from Trad Scottish right through to multi-piece jazz bands. We've spent time meticulously selecting our artists to give you a truly wholesome musical experience.
- Maze - Any weekend tickets allow you access to the grounds of Traquair House. This includes the fantastic maze, situated behind the house. Up to the challenge?
- Walking Routes -'Traquair was originally built in part of the Ettrick Forest and today it continues to be surrounded by ancient woodlands and more recent plantings. Some of the oldest yew trees in Scotland can be found on a woodland walk as well as striking examples of Scots Pine,Douglas Fir, Horse Chestnut, Limes, Ash and Beech. There are woodland trails around the house including Lady Louisa’s walk which takes you past the Quair water and on to the River Tweed'.
- Massage - After a big day in the saddle there's nothing better than a massage - especially when you're doing it all again tomorrow.
- Yoga - We will have multiple outdoor yoga classes for pre and post ride.
How to Get There
Edinburgh - 1hr 30
Glasgow - 1hr 20
Carlisle - 1hr 20
Newcastle - 2hr 10
Manchester - 3hr
London - 6hr
What categories are there?
Male + Female Senior - 16 to 39 Vet - 40 to 49 Grand Vet - 50 to 59 Super Vet - 60+
Riding's not my thing/i've drawn the short straw and have to look after the kids. What will I get with my Festival Village only pass?
Camping Onsite catering Toilet Access Full access to live music with a mix of musical genres Unlimited use of outdoor activity services Family friendly activities for all ages Educational Outdoor Talks Free U12's'
I'm all in, what does a Full Weekend Riding Pass get me?
2 full days of riding on marked routes Rider Goodie Bag's Electronic Timing across multiple stages on each day GPX Upload of route for Electronic GPS Devices Festival Village Camping Toilet Bike washing facilities A range of live Music On-site catering First Aid Support on route + on site Feed Stations on Route A range of outdoor Activities at the Festival Village Prizes for Categories
What type of bike should I use?
Well, that would depend on which option you go for. For 'The Mucker' we would suggest a gravel bike but any off road bike will do. If you are going for 'The Mackie' a road bike will be the beast for the job.
Is this a race?
No, it isn't a race. However, we do have some timed sections which you can choose to ride as fast or slow as you please. Between these stages is completely untimed giving you the chance to kick back and enjoy what's going on around you.
Can I use an e-bike?
Yes, we completely understand that accidents, injuries and ageing happens - this is life. One thing we really are trying to promote here is inclusion, so if that means you riding an E-bike, then ride your E-bike. We don't have charging points for batteries in the village.
*leave no Trace*
We are so lucky to be able to stage Muck n' Mac Fest in one of the most stunning locations the country has to offer. The trails are glorious, the roads are epic.
One of our driving forces is to operate an event format that is as environmentally friendly and sustainable as possibile. When out on the trails and roads it is our policy to remember a few key points.
We are not the only users of these areas. Be cortious to the landowners and other users. Respect the privacy, safety and general working livelihoods of such people living and working in these areas.
Leave the land as you see it.
Many of our trails pass through farmed land. If you see a closed gate, you close it after yourself.
Remember that the outdoors can never be made risk-free. Please act with care at all times for both your own safety and that of others.
Absolutely no littering, under any circumstances.
Time Table - Friday, 29th April
Outdoor Film Screening
18:00 - 20:00
Early Sign on for next day's riding
Live Music Finishes + Bar Closes
Time Table - Saturday 30th April
Sign on Opens
09:00 - 10:30
Day 1 Ride start
Sign on Closes
Festival Activities Begin + Bar opens
Early Finishers Expected
First Live Music act
Course Sweeper Arrival
Day 1 Presentations
Finish of Final Live Music Set
Time Table - Sunday 1st May
Breakfast Catering Opens
Morning Acoustic Sessions
Day 2 Course Opens,
First Kids activity
Festival Activities Finish
Course Sweeper Arrival
The Mucker is our gravel option which takes in about 75% off-road trails and tracks and the other 25% on the road. Ideally, a gravel bike is the ultimate beast for the job, but any bike from the off-road family will do the trick.
Despite the gravel bike being the all-round best fitter, there are a few technical sections throughout the route to keep you on your toes, which might favor the MTB at points.
Taking in some of the most excellent gravel, farm and fire track trails the Scottish Borders has to offer, this one truly is a beauty!
There are multiple timed Enduro style stages throughout the route. However, in-between, the sections are untimed - giving you a chance to kick back and enjoy the stunning scenes unfolding in front of you.
*GPX upload of Routes Available 1 week in advance
Stage 1 - 75km/63 (ish) (1,700m)
After leaving the grounds of Traquair, riders will follow the Tweed South, before turning off after approximately 5km for the first stretch of gravel. Gradually winding it's way into the forest and steadily gaining elevation.
Without a doubt the hardest of the two days, stage 1 has a considerable amount of climbing on some tough terrain. Nonetheless, the scenes and endless Kilometers of gravel trails more than make up for it.
A testing day, however, with the clock stopping running between the stages there is plenty room for taking it easy and saving the legs for the live music later on in the evening.
Stage 2 - 75 kmish (1500m)
A slightly more easy day in comparison with the previous - and for good reason too. There is a little more flexibility with start times as we want to make sure you make the most of what we have on offer at the festival village.
After a big first day, the route meanders down the Tweed Valley toward Cardronna before hitting the main climb of the day.
A truly fantastic route that's a (little) more forgiving than than day 1!
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