"Had the best day! What a fantastic event - best endurance event ever!" 2022 participant
Glentress 7 is back!
Scotland’s most popular summer MTB endurance event is returning for 2024 – but it’s going to be a bit different!
24/08/24 | Enter here
New course, new venue & the World Champs event arena
Glentress has been undergoing massive redevelopment and as everyone knows, it very successfully hosted the UCI XC World Championships in August 2023. We’re very pleased to be able to reproduce some of the World Champs buzz with the Glentress 7…
The race will have a new course, with new trails and the unique event village/pits/transition area will be based at the start/finish line of the UCI Cycling World Championships. The event’s start and finish line will be pretty much exactly where Tom Pidcock battled the fastest XC riders in the world, so everyone can enjoy their own Glentress XC hero moment – lap after lap!
Alongside all the new stuff, the heart of the event remains exactly the same – great trail riding, a friendly atmosphere, smiles all round, an event that’s enjoyable for a huge range of abilities, and of course as much pain and effort as you think appropriate! And cake.
Glentress 7 is a great day’s riding and racing for everyone. The course features some nice climbs, fantastic singletrack, great descents and a whole lot of fun. You can go as hard, or easy, as you like. Ride solo or in teams of two or three – the most laps in seven hours wins.
The Seven hour race – how it works
The aim? To complete as many laps as you can in seven hours. Riders can do as many laps as they want (or can manage) in the time. With the track going right through the event village, there’s ample opportunity to stretch out, rest and hydrate.
If you are riding in a team, you ride in relay – with only one team member on the course at any one time. All timing is via an electronic card which is worn by the team member on course. When a rider crosses the lap finish line their time is recorded, and then they pass the card onto the next team member and so on. You’ll be given the chance to complete a final frantic lap – but will it be enough to win?
The transition/timing/team changeover area is in the event village. The course is marked out all the way round and there are marshals at all key positions. The changeover area is also known as the pits area. This is where you will store all your kit for the day. Feel free to invite friends and family to cheer you on.
What you get:
- Seven hours of top singletrack riding
- Electronic timing by SI systems
- Free entry into the event village and pits area for your family & friends, the atmosphere is awesome
- Feed stations (with locally baked cake of course)
- Event village with great food and drink
- The best course medics available
- On site tech support
- A chance to race the new Glentress trails!
This event is suitable for riders who are competent on blue and red grade trails. Any drop-offs are avoidable and technical sections are short and not too scary. More course info and stats will be released closer to the time.
- Female Under 30
- Female 30-39
- Female 40-49
- Female 50-59
- Female 60+
- Male Under 30
- Male 30-39
- Male 40-49
- Male 50-59
- Male 60+
- Female Pair Under (combined age) 80
- Female Pair Over 80
- Male Pair Under 80
- Male Pair Over 80
- Mixed Pair Under 80
- Mixed Pair Over 80
- Mixed Trio
- Female Trio Under 120
- Female Trio Over 120
- Male Trio Under 120
- Male Trio Over 120
If you don’t feel that these categories are right for you, please get in touch.
- Solo: £65, Pairs: £110, Trios: £150
You must be 14 years old on the day of the event – 24th August 2024 – to enter.
Event FAQs can be found here.
Hillside Outside Terms & Conditions can be found here.
Photo Credit: Jerry Tatton.
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