• Trossachs Taberdash


    7th May 2017

Event Description

This is a 3-hour event. Brig O’Turk is nestled at the foot of Glen Finglas, on the Great Trossachs Path between Lochs Venachar and Achray.

Score as many points as you can by visiting controls with electronic timing. The control locations are designed to help you discover the best riding in the area with terrain from challenging to *almost* flat lochside paths. New routes are still being added to the map.

You choose which controls you can get to score the most points — just be back within the time limit or start loosing points by the minute! Mapping will be familiar OS 1:50,000 style, enlarges for the area and enhanced for clarity and with new tracks marked on. Controls are pre-marked on the map that you get at the start.

Registration is from 9am with start window from 9:30 until 10:30. All riders back by 1:30 with results around 2pm. Tea, soup and cake will be available. Pairs and family entry categories are a great way to start for newcomers.

For family and friends not riding, come along and visit the Woodland Trust Visitor Gateway for walks and guides, head up to Loch Katrine (5 mins drive) or just have a Sunday morning in the famous Tearoom.

Parking will be tight, please be considerate of residents access and use the area to the rear of the hall where possible. We may have overflow parking nearby. On-the-day entry will require a day-rider registration and will be £5 extra to encourage pre-registration. It really is essential for the organisers to know numbers well in advance for catering, timekeeping and marshalling.



Do NOT use any OUT OF BOUNDS areas. These have been set either for the overall safety of the event or because landowners have expressly asked us not to use their land for specific reasons.
If you ignore this you may cause an accident, it is not fair on other participants and you could jeopardise the reputation of the organisers and the sport.
Follow the Outdoor Access Code and the Highway Code
Only ride on tracks and trails marked on the map.
Ride with due care for nature and the environment – stay on tracks, don’t skid your tyres etc.
Do not access or cross grass fields – cows may be calving and will not be friendly!
You will be passing through working farmland and farmyards. Be aware of livestock and cycle slowly pass them without causing animals distress. One path marked also goes through a yasd with Icelandic ponies. Please be cautious adn slow down.
Areas to specifically be careful are marked on the map.
Close gates behind you.
Please do not climb gates. This has been requested specifically by a farmer.
Give way to horses – you will probably meet some. Ring your bell and / or shout out your approach. Be polite to walkers and other trail users.
Take care crossing roads ad keep and to the correct side especially on narrow/single track roads. Traffic can often be moving faster than you think on rural roads.
Try not to lose your dibber – you will be charged if you do.
You must report to the finish even if you withdraw – if you don’t report to the finish we will assume you are very lost / injured and will start looking for you.

Kit List

First Aid Kit
Tools / puncture repair kit (there be thorns out there!)
Helmet (BS approved)
Bike in working order
Adequate food/drink for 4 hours or money to purchase in local cafe!
Waterproof jacket/warm clothing as weather dictates

Event Start Location

Location Info

The event launch HQ will be located at:

Brig O’Turk Village Hall
Brig O’Turk, FK17 8HT

(30 minutes from the motorway at Stirling)

Finish will be very nearby with teas, soup and cakes available to all.

Event Timetable

  • 09:00-10:30 Registration

    Sign in & receive your electronic dibber and view a blank copy of the map area. Familiarise yourself with the map notes and out of bounds restrictions. This is your chance to ask any questions about the map or how the event works.
    Also pick up a sheet with the control descriptions and values on one side, and some bonus fun facts about places you’ll be going on the other!
    Finally, read the specific event notes and rules. Any questions, ask now, don’t risk it later. Thank you!

  • 09:30-10:30 Start Window

    Dib to start the clock and collect your map (pre-marked with control locations but not values).

  • 3 Hours Race!

    You have 3 hours from when you start to collect as many points as possible. Each minute you’re late you lose points on an increasing scale, so how far do you go?

  • 13.30 Finish

    Any more than 30 minutes late and you lose all your points!

  • 14:00-14:30 Results & Prizes

    Find out how you did both in category and overall.

    There might even be a prize or two! Prize categories will be in four categories; female (pair or solo), male (pair or solo), mixed and generation.

Event Organiser

The event organiser for this event is Crispin Hoult. As well as planning the map and checkpoint location he is responsible for entry and timing, home baking and general running of the event.

If you can’t find the information you need, here on the www.SMBO.org.uk site or on the www.BMBO.org.uk site, please feel free to contact us.