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In this episode of Scotty’s Scotland Showcase we’re in Scotland’s MTB epicentre, the Tweed Valley where we’ll be exploring Glentress and Innerleithen.
Glentress was one of the first ever MTB trail centres I ever visited. It’s got something for everyone from the rider starting out on a balance bike right up to the seasoned pro. To showcase the variation on offer, we explored the range of Glentress’ offerings, machine made trails, trail centre trails and hand cut trails. I’ll admit it was fun just having a session in the Freeride park!
Next we headed to the Golfy, made famous by the EWS, all the trails here are entirely natural and hand built and maintained. Watching the scene develop here has been mind blowing, it started out with one trail and has grown to trails being everywhere in the forest. The passionate locals and trail association vigorously work to make it as good as it is. I rode 3 trails here, Avalance is steep, technical and loose. New York New York is fast and flowing before diving in the trees where it gets tight. 2nd Base has huge hand built berms that flow incredibly well. If you love natural trails then this is the place for you.
Traquair Forest is the home of Downhill in the Tweed Valley. I first came here in 2002 and some of the trails are still there. The Road Gap is a classic and we had a real fun session on this before dropping into the Gold Run! The Gold takes you through the tight plantation trees all the way down to the Arena where in my first race I crashed and DNF!
Riding here brought back a lot of memories and I can’t wait to see how the Tweed Valley continues to develop as a destination for MTB’ers!
The entire series is being created carbon neutral. All our journey emissions will be offset and the advertising revenue generated from you watching this series will be split between planting more native trees in Scotland and the local trail associations.
Want to plant some trees for yourself: https://treesforlife.org.uk/g
Credit: Scotty Laughland