Festival hailed a huge success

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Forfar is well on track to becoming a top biking venue after a successful weekend event in the Reid Park and Balmashanner area.

The organisers of the Angus Cycling Festival have admitted the success of the event has “far exceeded their expectations” and has provided a sound base on which to build future events.

Scottish Cross Country Championship races on Sunday. ''Picture Andy Thompson

Scottish Cross Country Championship races on Sunday. ''Picture Andy Thompson

The perfect setting of the Reid Park, Steele Park, Balmashanner quarries and forest tracks gave competitors a mixture of challenges for the Forfar Funduro Enduro event on Bamashanner Hill and Reid Park on Saturday, and the final of the SXC Scottish Cross Country Championships, a stunt competition and ladies cycle events on Sunday.

Organiser Scott Francis of the Angus Cycling Hub, said: “We are over the moon with the comments we have had so far, not just from the local riders but from those who have come from afar.

“The competitors have been really impressed by what we have tried to do and some of the stages on the course have been described as one of the best in the world.

“We could not have done it without the help of the local community. So many people were involved.”

The organisers thank local landowners, the Robertson Group which supplied ground staff to help create and maintain the Scottish cross country championship youth course in the Steele Park; Nixons which supplied toilets free of charge; Neil Scott of Benchmark Refit in Forfar which supplied expertise and built all the man-made structures and features; Mike Milne from Agricar who organised the SXC course and supplied 4 x 4 vehicles for the marshalls, and Angus Council. Log on to www.forfardispatch.co.uk and wwwk.kirriemuirherald.co.uk for a slideshow of the event.