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Sunday, 26th February 2017

Cycling & Mountain Biking

Cycling Holidays in ScotlandHome to the UK round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, Lochaber is a mecca for mountain bikers and cyclists.

With exciting single track trails, world class downhill, miles of gentle forest routes, flat (yes flat!) canal paths, an ambundance of wilderness routes to discover and quiet Highland roads, the area is perfect for all types of mountain bike and cycling holidays.

Circumnavigating around Ben Nevis on a mountain bike or cycling out to the most westerly mainland point on the British Isles on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula are just a couple of the routes that make the Outdoor Capital a haven for all bike enthusiasts.

Lochaber's fame for world-class downhill riding is undoubtedly linked to the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup which Nevis Range; with it's gondola that takes you (and your bike!) to the start of the downhill track at 2,150ft.  Nevis Range have been hosting top world class events for well over a decade now and it doesn't look set to stop any time yet with the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup set tp Nevis Range for the 15th year in a row on the 4th-5th of June 2016.

Mountain Biking

Downhill

Downhill mountain biking is a real test of the rider's skill and nerve. The best riders in the world complete the Black Run at Nevis Range in around 4 minutes, whilst less experienced riders can take up to half an hour! As not everyone can or even should attempt this famous track, the Red Route is a brilliant alternative. A longer and less steep course, although still technically challenging, it is a sensible way to build up the skills and confidence of proficient bikers before tackling the ultimate test of the Black Run. 

Glencoe Mountain Resort offers an extremely technical and steep black downhill track for the more experienced rider which is served by chairlift access.  A new red route opened in May 2012; at more than 2km’s long this track flows from the top of the access chair through a series of bumps, jumps and berms back to the base station, and is suitable for both downhill and XC bikes.

Glencoe hosts a variety of bike events, including British and Scottish Downhill Association competitions and the first No Fuss Events MacAvalanche. Bike hire is available.

There are also lots of unmarked downhill tracks around the area - you just have to know where to look for them, ask in the local bike shops or hire a guide to find these hidden gems for a great days riding off the main tracks!   

Cross Country

Lochaber has an extensive network of trails and for cross-country mountain bikers this is a truly fantastic place to ride. From gentle forest tracks with stunning views in Glencoe to all-day epics through remote highland glens, you'll find it all here. Purpose-built trails that incorporate exciting features into compact and accessible areas, such as the Leanachan Witch's Trails or the Red World Champs course at Nevis Range are popular options.

Road and Tour Cycling

Road Cycling in Lochaber is all about enjoying the tranquility of our quiet Highland roads, and the ability to cover great distances on your bike. Once you're off the main trunk roads, Lochaber’s winding, mainly single-track offer ideal cycling. A 40-mile route can be done in a long summer’s evening, or you can take it easier and make a day trip of it. Choose from a variety of classic routes out to Ardnamurchan point, the most westerly point on the UK mainland, or explore the older, back roads of the Great Glen and Glen Spean.  One thing's for sure in the more remote parts of Lochabrt, you'll often have the whole road to yourself!

 Try one of the weekly Mountain Bike Guided Rides on offer from Abacus Mountaineering from May to September.

* Be responsible. Always consult a map, plan your day, carry the right equipment and choose a route that is suitable for your experience and fitness.

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