John Swinney opens the Bike Park

Bike Park Opening

After 5 years of planning and 4 weeks of building Alyth Bike Park was finally officially opened by John Swinney MSP on Saturday 16th August by the traditional cutting of a ribbon. This was a small but significant part of the days celebrations which saw around 250 mountain bike enthusiasts of all ages descend on Alyth from the surrounding district as well as far flung places like Aberdeen and Aviemore.

The day’s events kicked off with a mountain bike cross country stage race on the hill culminating in a timed stage down the new Trodlem Trail which drew a healthy 32 entries. Winners on the day were Mike Milne from Kirriemuir for the men and Fiona Lothian ex. of Alyth, now of St. Andrews for the women. Feedback on the course and organisation from the competitors was excellent proving Alyth base the potential as a cross country race venue.

Other events on-going throughout the day were a timed pump track competition which was hotly contested if the roar that went up in the middle of John Swinney’s speech when the current best time was broken is anything to go by. There was a stunt airbag for doing tricks and jumps without consequences that proved very popular, I think it would have still been in use on Wednesday if the youth had their way!

Amanda and the Losset provided an excellent barbecue at the event, as they have done since the first Making Tracks event and kindly provided us with a donation from the takings. There were Strider Bike and cycle courses for the small ones.

In the afternoon there were kids age-group races in which 35 kids took part, again this was a good mix of locals and members of clubs like the Tay Titans in Dunkeld. Whilst the races were hotly contested it was clear that all the kids had a ball. Alan Stewart our First Aider, and a man in the know when it comes to mountain bike racing, commented to me that our bike club coaches will have to up our game, not because our local riders weren’t as good as the competition, on the contrary, because we have so many local talented riders that we need to bring through to their full potential! Message received and understood Alan.

Finally there was a raffle that I thought was going to end up with everyone winning a prize, the only reason I know that they didn’t is that I left empty handed!

So all that remains is for me to thank: everyone who came along to race, support, or just enjoy  themselves; the marshals who freely gave of their time; the AHUG team who put the event together; Alan Stewart who provided first aid cover; Alpine Bikes who provided prizes and Dr. Bike cover; the Losset; Norrie’s at Longleys for the berries and honey for the smoothies; prize donors Wigwam. com, Sweet Protection clothing, Handlebar Hero’s; Spokes Dundee, Fox clothing, Like2bike, Cyclewild Scotland, Sealskinz, Scottoiler, Morrocco Media, Muckmedden events and Breeze Adventure.10371256_732833180135771_3889626826198856901_o 10481637_732834236802332_2326038420392387715_o 10507154_732834996802256_1090400935238527449_o 10547315_732833516802404_1624751773364392312_o 10550006_732833643469058_7819561373979916198_o 10560346_732832970135792_4376958897649944428_o 10617607_10152389689728802_330652080_n 10621813_10152389687143802_317934881_n 710_0049 710_0058 mt1410 mt1408 mt1407 mt1406 mt1405 mt1404 mt1403 mt1402 mt1401 10608646_711731405563155_3779502068717655420_o 10551439_10152644008471753_3447778326910748018_o 1961758_711731425563153_7607698472138003792_o

Dual Slalom Rules

The Dual Slalom will run for an hour (2pm – 3pm) and those taking part try and complete as many races as possible in that time.  A race winner gets 2 points and 2nd place gets a point.  Winners in each category will be those with the most points.  Races will start as soon as the track is clear.  A race can happen with only one competitor (2 points given in this situation). Assistance is allowed to get back to the start of the course.

Making Tracks 29th September 2013

Making Tracks – A Community Mountain Bike Event

 

The “Making Tracks” mountain bike event on Alyth Hill will be running for the third time on the 29th of September.  In previous years this all day event has seen its participants combined mileage come close to 1000km and a mass start ride with over 70 participants.  More importantly though it’s a chase for riders of all ages to gather, have fun and support the development of purpose built mountain bike trails on Alyth Hill.

 

The trails will be part of the new Alyth Community Woodland, which is on Forestry Commission land adjacent to the town. Marian Bruce, chair of Alyth Hill Users Group (AHUG), the group that runs the community woodland said “When we asked the people of Alyth what they wanted on the site, bike trails were very high on the list so we are trying to build a pump track (a small loop track with bumps, for any age), a forest trail (blue grade trail) and a skills loop with built features such as table-tops and berms.” We hope to start the building of the Pump Track before the event.  Some of the funding for the other trails is secured and we are waiting for news on other funding applications.

 

Trails aren’t everything that AHUG is about though; an orchard, and native trees have been planted. An all abilities path has been built through the site and natural play features are also in place.

 

If you can make it along to a true grass roots Mountain Biking event you can look forward to riding natural trails on Alyth Hill, BBQ, bike-powered smoothies, and a really strong family atmosphere.

 

As we move closer to the event we will announce any additional stuff that’s going on through facebook and the AHUG website www.ahug.org.uk

 

For more information contact

Marian Bruce (AHUG chairperson) on 07917 430200 or Email  info@driftwoodscotland.com

Eliot Palmer (event organiser) on 07833580482 eliotpalmer@btinternet.com

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