WHEN a small group of mountain biking enthusiasts decided to form their own club, the first task was to come up with a name.
‘Muky Riderz’ was easily decided upon because, in the words of club founder Allan James, “We ride bikes and we get mucky”.
Allan helped set-up the club with a few mates in 2007, but through a little pedal power and word of mouth, it has since blossomed into a competitive race team with upwards of 40 members.
“Setting up the club was natural because we were always meeting up on the same days at the same time to go cycling,” Allan explained.
“We’re more official now than when we first started.
“We’ve managed to get some sponsors and we’re now riding in our first proper team kit.
”It’s helped us become a more recognised name in competitive mountain biking circles.”
The club’s growing stature was evident at the first round of the new Scottish Cross Country season at Kirroughtree last month where one Muky Rider, female member Gill Pratt, made a big impact, winning the women’s Open section.
“The club is proud to have had someone on the podium,” added Allan.
“We had eight riders at round one, which is the most we’ve ever had, and we’re expecting that number to go up this year.”
Another feather in the club helmet is that one of its former members, 15-year-old Bryan Moodie of Auchtermuchty, has been called up to train within the Scottish national set-up.
“We’re becoming something of a feeder team for the more established Team Leslie Bike Shop, and we lost Bryan to them,” Allan said. “But he still comes out to ride with us. He’s a very fit young lad.”
Club members meet on most nights of the week at the Lomond Centre in Glenrothes and then head for Fife’s hills and coastal trails, embarking on 20 mile cycles before returning to base.
“Some people who go mountain biking don’t actually go off-road – but we do,” Allan added.
“We go up and around the Lomonds, and further afield to Blair Adam or through Cardenden woods.
“We use GPS technology to track our rides, which gives us a snapshot of how far we’ve travelled, and our average miles per hour.
“We also have an easier, more social outing on a Sunday, which is good for beginners. Our oldest rider is 64 and we have youngsters from around 11 upwards.”
The majority of members are from Glenrothes but there are also Muky Riderz from Auchtermuchty, Kirkcaldy and Cardenden.