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Pitfichie to Host Enduro Event
The POC Scottish Enduro Series is to visit Pitfichie for the first time. The event organisers chose Pitfichie because the trails are varied forest and across open hill tops, with wide views of the Vale of Alford and Bennachie. They will be working with local riders and Forestry Commission Scotland to ensure some great stages, riders should expect to find exciting rides (good hard pedals) through real countryside on a red-grade trail across granite hill tops, as well as a challenging downhill route.
Progress on Kintore Cycle Route
East Garioch councillor Martin Ford has welcomed progress being made towards a cycle route between Inverurie, Kintore, Blackburn and Aberdeen. Councillor Ford has been pressing Aberdeenshire Council for a cycle route between Inverurie and Kintore so cyclists do not have to cross or use the A96 dual carriageway.
Between Port Elphinstone and Kintore, a good cycle route was put in place some years ago between Port Elphinstone and the Thainstone roundabout. Last year (2016), a new cycle path was constructed between Kintore and Kintore Business Park. Cllr Ford has been pressing for the "missing link" section of cycle path (between the Thainstone roundabout and Kintore Business Park) to be constructed as soon as possible, thus providing a cycle route all the way between Kintore and Port Elphinstone which does not involve using or crossing the A96. In response to enquiries from Cllr Ford, Council officers have advised the construction of the Thainstone roundabout to Kintore Business Park section of cycle path should go out to tender this month (January), with the new length of path due to be complete by May 2017 at the latest.
Pro Cycling in Aberdeen
Aberdeen City Council are considering committing up to £45,000 per year to bring the Pearl Izumi Series cycling event to the city in 2017. Last year saw Scotland host two rounds at Motherwell and Edinburgh.
The series sees Britain’s top pro teams teams go head-to-head at town and city centre events during 10 action-packed rounds for the right to be crowned Champions of the Series.
If approved the event could be used as a catalyst for a wider celebration of cycling and encourage business, spectator and community participation.
Award for BikeGlenlivet Trail Centre
BikeGlenlivet, the mountain bike trail centre, has been assessed under the VisitScotland quality assurance scheme and awarded a 4 star Excellent award.
Set in the stunning Carn Daimh forest near Tomintoul, the BikeGlenlivet centre was developed by The Crown Estate with a view to boosting the local tourist trade. The trails - which include a Blue Graded 9 km and the Red Graded 22 km loop - have been graded four-star by VisitScotland, and were expanded in September2015 with the additional of a pump track next to the cafe.
North East Trail Centre Organisation
Have your say in the future of Mountain Biking in Aberdeenshire. On the 10th of November there will be a public meeting to review and discuss the future of Mountain Biking in Aberdeenshire and the North East.
During the evening, the NETCO committee will give you an update on progress, quickly run through their financial report and explain the next steps involved with making their dream a reality.
They'll also be looking to raise a bit more cash for the charity by raffling off some pretty tasty prizes and selling some top quality exclusive NETCO t-shirts.
As well as allowing the committee to give an update on progress, one of the main benefits of the AGM will be to allow you, the biking public, to get involved with the project. You will have the opportunity to ask questions, give feedback and make suggestions on what NETCO could do to improve.
New Cycle Path for Aberdeen
A £160,000 project aims to create extra room for cyclists and pedestrians on the western side of South Anderson Drive between Ruthrieston Road and Garthdee Road. The cycle route project, which is being led by Aberdeen City Council with support from Sustrans and Nestrans, will connect with the existing facilities at Riverside Drive and will also include some upgrades to pedestrian crossings. A target for opening the route has been set for early 2017.
The Deeside Way will be diverted during week commencing Monday 16 May for around 14 months due to construction of the AWPR. An alternative short diversion route, via Milltimber Brae and North Deeside Road, will be in place to ensure that users of the Deeside Way can continue their journeys safely.
See our page on The Deeside Way for some more info on this family friendly cycling trail.
Kirkhill MTB Trails
The AWPR (Aberdeen Western Periferal Route) construction has begun and will have some effects on Kirkhill forest. Construction and haulage vehicles will be transported to the worksite along Forestry Commission roads throughout Kirkhill, affecting the waymarked trail. The forest remains open.
See our page on Kirkhill Forest for some more info on the location.