'The Mucker'

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The Mucker is our gravel festival ride which takes in about 65% off-road trails and tracks and the other 35% 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. We'd say a minimum of 40mm tyres to be safe - there are a few rocky stretches!

 

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 favour 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

Day 1  - 74 (ish) (1,700m)

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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, Day 1 has a considerable amount of climbing on some tough terrain. Nonetheless, the scenes and endless Kilometres 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 1 

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Stage 2 

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Stage 3 

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Day 2  - 75 kmish (1500m)

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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. 

However, and a big however the first climb and first stage of the day - The Outsider Events is a bit of a beast climbing up to heights of 646m!

After a big first stage, the route meanders down the Tweed Valley toward Cardronna before hitting our final two stages which are much more forgiving. 

A truly fantastic route that's a (little) easier on the legs than than day 1!

Stage 1 

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Stage 2 

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Stage 3 

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