Thanks for coming everyone!!
The Strathearn Valley welcomed mountain bikers of all ages to the 11th edition of the Hairy Coo races, held annually at Comrie Croft Bike Trails.
Part of the Drovers Tryst, this years event was very well attended, with over 80 kids taking part in the bairns races. Riders as young as 5 tackled the challenging courses and racing action was fast and furious.
The bairns course took in the parts of the Crofts Blue trail and the skills park, and the riders enjoyed some tough climbs and exhilarating descending. There were plenty of tired legs and big smiles at the finish, with some really impressive riding from the youngsters.
The sun put in a welcome appearance just in time for the start of the afternoon races, with the Big and Wee races running side by side, a combined field of over sixty racers battling it out for the various categories.
The Under 16s, Wee racers and Retro bike riders tackled the lower part of the Crofts circuit for an hours exciting competition. The Big Racers and E-Bike racers headed off into the High Wood section of the course, the most challenging route, and there were some great battles for position throughout the afternoon.
The feedback for the course was excellent with praise for the challenging climbs, technical singletrack and mix of terrain and gradient making for a well-balanced and high adrenaline circuit.
There were many winners on the day, with the Fastest Male prize going to local rider Graeme Warren, and Fastest Female to Anne Murray. They both received a bespoke trophy from Carnelian Crafts in Crieff, who have been long-time supporters of the event.
The organisers would like to extend their thanks to everyone who lent a hand volunteering on the day, the first aid crew, and all the local businesses who were kind enough to sponsor prizes for the event.
Photos courtesy of the Strathearn Snapper
The coo was excellent and well run thanks for a cracker of a day
P Clements 2017