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Making Tracks 2015

Making Tracks2015 – A grass roots family mountain bike event raising money for #AlythBikePark

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#AlythBikePark opened in July 2014 after four years of hard work by Alyth Hill Users Group (SC043382) developing a relationship with the Forestry Commission that resulted in AHUG leasing the land and securing funding to build the Bike Park. With a Bike Park comes the responsibility of maintenance and insurance (£950 annually).  Whilst maintenance is done by volunteers the there is a time in the future where we will have to buy in material to make sure the Bike Park continues to ride well.

Making Tracks is about trying to raise some of that money as well as running an event that showcases the Bike Park and the wider riding on Alyth Hill.  This year we’re repeating the XC Stage race with a new route. Bringing the event village right next to the Bike Park. Giving U16/U14/U12’s the opportunity to compete in their own timed stage race (is anyone else running this sort of thing?). XC racing for U10/U8/U6’s. Stands by Alpine Bikes, Halfords and Alyth Cycles (Nicky and Niel are doing great things setting up the shop). Free Skills Challenge involving timed lap of the pump track – stationary 1km time trial – bunny hop challenge – timed track stand (you’ll score points depending on your position in each event). Food burgers etc by The Losset. After Party in the Scout Hall free entry – games – videos with tea, coffee and cakes for a small charge. Ceilidh in the Scout Hall Adults £5 Kids £1 including stovies (camping available if required)

We’re looking for volunteer marshals too so if you’d like to help out please get in touch via Facebook, we’ll make sure you get a feed and tickets for the Ceilidh. If your involved in the Cycling industry we’re also looking for raffle prizes or sponsorship of a race

Dual Slalom Entry Form

Hi Folks if you’re entering the Dual Slalom this form needs to be completed with a parents signature.  Please do it in advance if you can.



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 29-9-13 Poster

Thanks for the poster Rob! Folks if people could print a couple out and stick them up in various places that would be great.  Find the full size image here set preferences to print landscape.  Many Thanks EliotAlythMTposter1

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


For more information contact

Marian Bruce (AHUG chairperson) on 07917 430200 or Email

Eliot Palmer (event organiser) on 07833580482

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