Off Road Cycling in Grampian
Off Road cycling takes many forms. To some it is biking on rough terrain exploring the forests and hills, this is what we at Cycle Grampian call Mountain Biking. To others, off road cycling is about cycling on paths and routes that are not used by cars, and this is what we at Cycle Grampian call Trail Tiding. Competitive Road Cyclists have dabbled in off road riding, usually in the winter, by competing in Cyclocross. And recently a new term in off road riding has started to make an appearance - Gravel Riding, a halfway house between mountain biking and trail riding.
No matter how you define Off Road cycling we believe that Grampian is an ideal place to do it. See below for our gateway into the wonderful world of Off Road cycling.
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Some folk get that ear to ear smile from riding their mountain bikes cross country or down hill, others from freestyle riding in the woods, others from just being out there in the wilds. And Grampian can satisfy all these demands.
See our MTB Cycling Routes page for our list of places to ride.
The Scottish Government's progressive legislation on public access to most land and water is great for mountain bikers. The access rights are ours to enjoy, as long as we do so responsibly.
To find out what this means with particular regard to cycling then have a look at our Cyclist's Access Rights page.
Down Hill, Cross Country & Enduro
Investigate the different types of racing, explore the forests and trails used for these events in the Grampian region, and find out how to get started in racing.
See our page on MTB Racing for more details of the local events, and how to how to enter.
Trail, Gravel & Family Riding
It is not mountain biking, though you can use a mountain bike. It's not necessarily about being off road though you most likely will be. It's about avoiding traffic, avoiding danger and pollution. Its cycling on reclaimed railway tracks, towpaths, reservoir trails, estate or forestry tracks.
Trail cycling can vary in its severity. Many cycle trails are suitable for families, for children over 4 years riding solo, for bikes with child seats or trailers, and for bikes for those with disabilities.
See our page on Trail, Gravel & Family Riding for a great selection of routes and ideas for days out.
Cyclocross has boomed in recent years, with the Grampian region hosting various events including the Scottish Championships at Knockburn Loch near Banchory. Cyclocross racing typically take place in the autumn and winter, and consists of many laps of a short course featuring tarmac, wooded trails, grass, steep hills and obstacles requiring the rider to quickly dismount, carry the bike while navigating the obstruction and remount. Great fun to watch, and exhausting to take part in.
See our page on Cyclocross for more details of the local events, and how to enter.