Strathpuffer 24 2019 – The Frozen One

The 2019 Strathpuffer 24 will be remembered by many as the toughest edition of this legendary winter MTB endurance event.

Following weeks of mild and decidedly un-wintry conditions in Scotland, temperatures plummeted in the days running up to the event, transforming the wet and muddy gruelling 13km course into an ice rink with slips and slides a-plenty.

The freezing temperatures made the 14th edition of the event tricker than ever, demanding 100% concentration from the 1,000 riders who took part. On-site medics were kept busy throughout dealing with minor injuries as riders struggled to stay upright on black ice and glassy rock slabs.

Conditions were attritional and intimidating but those who kept going were rewarded with a still night, spectacular moon and starry sky. 17 hours of darkness and many ice spike tyres later, dawn broke in the Highlands but the challenge was not yet over as light rain fell onto an already lethal surface.

As the race finally came to a finish at 10 am this morning, riders were in agreement that the final laps were the hardest of the 24 hours.

Round-the-world record-breaking cyclist Mark Beaumont described his first MTB race as ‘brutal’ and race partner and ex-Puffer champ Alex Glasgow ended up with stitches in his leg.

In the end, however, the 2019 Strathpuffer belonged to local man – Marty Ross.

The FUEL10K supported, an offshore worker from Contin put in an unbelievably gritty performance, smashing out 25 laps to take the much-lauded 2019 ‘Puffer Men’s Solo title for the first time in four attempts.

Marty who took several tumbles on his final lap claimed to have had to ’empty himself like never before’ to earn the top spot on the podium.

Watch the finish line interview with Marty here.

“We’ve had snow, mud, rain, and wind over the years but this year’s ice really was something else. Conditions were spectacularly brutal out there but that’s what the ‘Puffer is all about. If you’re looking to push your limits, see what you’re capable of and have a mega Highland adventure, then the ‘Puffer always delivers.” – Co-founder and race organiser Steve Macdonald

Here are the main results, please visit the Strathpuffer website for the full list of results.

 

1st Marty Ross 25 Laps

2nd Keith Forsyth 23 Laps

3rd Chris Pitblado 22 Laps

1st Sally Evamy 17 Laps

2nd Annie Lloyd Evans 16 Laps

3rd Eva Kupska 15 Laps

1st RT23 30 Laps

2nd Stage One – Mark Beaumont and Alex Glasgow 30 Laps

3rd MBUK Magazine 29 Laps


1st Jacqui and Julie 21 Laps

2nd Fandangos Ultimate Duo 21 Laps

3rd The Linda Lawton Fan Club 19 Laps

1st Team Breakpad 24 Laps

2nd ABC 24 Laps

3rd Fife Cycles – John Simpson Fan 24 Laps