The first event to be announced as part of the new groundbreaking festival, The Outsider, is the Merida Outsider 2007. With three different distances – 20km, 40km and 60km – this will be a premier mountain bike event for all abilities who can experience a fantastic course on world-class trails through stunning scenery. The Merida Outsider will be part of the Merida Bikes MTB Marathon Series and takes place on Saturday 23 June 2007.
All participants will be able to enjoy the other events taking place during The Outsider, which is a major new annual event for Scotland. Held in stunning Rothiemurchus Forest, Cairngorm National Park, near Aviemore, it is a key element of Highland 2007, the year Scotland celebrates Highland culture. The Outsider will be a celebration of life, of landscape, of outdoor activities and the Highlands, with live music on three stages. There will be a strong green agenda and set in one of the most pristine, natural and beautiful landscapes in Britain, The Outsider offers a brand new festival experience for the 21st century. The Merida Outsider joins this outstanding event by being the sportive headliner.
“The terrain in and around Aviemore has some of the most amazing landscape and mountain bike trails in the UK. This will be an exciting addition to our current Marathon Series and one in which I have no doubt there will be a lot of interest”, says series organiser Michael Wilkens.