Cathkin Braes Commonwealth Games XC Course Preview

Mountain biking is flourishing in Britain right now, with the multitude of trail centres ever-increasing, numbers on the trails going through the roof (at Bike Magic’s local trail centre there are over 100,000 laps of the Blue trail alone per year!), and also big international events such as the Enduro World Series (round two will be hosted at the Tweedlove Festival in Scotland May 31 – June 1) and the Fort William World Cup (June 7-8). And of course then there’s the Commonwealth Games, which takes place in Glasgow from July 23 – August 3.

Cathkin Braes is right on the edge of Glasgow.
Cathkin Braes is right on the edge of Glasgow.

It’s great to have our sport represented in such a celebration of sport, especially with a course, Cathkin Braes, that is intended as a permanent facility for mountain bikers in the local area and to bring riders to Glasgow. Clive Forth and Mark Huskisson have been out and about on the course for a quick recce and have put together the latest Bike Magic Trail Guide TV edit – the first of our 2014 series – giving an insight into the course XC racers will have to contend with, its proximity to the city, and Clive’s thoughts on the facility. Enjoy.

Clive Forth.
Clive Forth.

Flowing turns, rocky sections, jumps, and plenty of technical challenges are included in the Cathkin Braes course, which is a good representation of trail centre mountain biking in the UK. Sure, it’s not ‘real’ (i.e. natural) mountain biking, but having been sceptical of the London Olympics course and silenced when watching the exciting racing, we’ll wait to see how the Commonwealth Games race goes before judging!

It's not a natural/hugely technical course, but it'll most likely make for good racing.
It’s not a natural/hugely technical course, but it’ll most likely make for good racing.

 

Scott Sports.

 A big thank you to Scott Sports for supporting our 2014 Bike Magic Trail Guide TV series, which kicks off here and will take on a journey of trails and adventure throughout the year.

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