Edinburgh Napier University - Scottish Mountain Bike Community Project of the Year

This award is designed to showcase the amazing work which is being delivered outside of the formal club structure  It is aimed at groups/associations/people/hubs who come together for the benefit of their local MTB community (eg trail builders, participation programmes, volunteering).  The award recognises local communities who encourage and develop mountain biking in their area. We were looking for communities who worked together in an innovative way.   

The winner will be announced at the Scottish Mountain Bike Awards in Aviemore on Friday 23rd November.  If you want to be at the event you can book your tickets here.

Shortlist for 2018:

Gala Resource Centre

in partnership with Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland, Napier University and Alpine Bikes Glentress.

A partnership was formed with Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland, Scottish Borders Health and Social Care Partnership and Napier University due to individuals passion to using Mountain Biking to improve Mental Health. After a meeting early in 2018 it was decided to try to pilot a study to identify if there was potential to develop this into an evidence based therapeutic programme.

4X Wednesdays

4XWEDNESDAYS is now in its second year of existence and showing no signs of slowing. What originated as a simple weekly BMX track meetup for mountain bikers has grown exponentially. It’s core premise is a free to attend weekly skills session run voluntarily by Euan Speirits assisted by Kris Gemmell and Josh Hanlon(of NLL). From this they have grown into a non profit, a race team, events organizer, race organizer and industry movement.

NETCO 

In 2015 Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland (DMBinS) invited the Aberdeenshire mountain bike community to an open meeting which was run in conjunction with a Robert Gordon University architecture competition to design a mountain bike trail centre hub building. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss how DMBinS could work with the local mountain bike community to fill this geographical gap and develop mountain bike facilities to satisfy the needs of existing and aspiring local mountain bikers.

On the back of the DMBinS/RGU meeting, several prominent local mountain bikers arranged a ‘call to action’ meeting with the local mountain bike community. Almost 100 people attended this meeting and from this the North East trail Centre Organisation was formed.

In the following years, the organisation formed a committee, registered its self a charity, formalised a charity constitution, set up a permanent board of trustees, set up a bank account, raised funds, raised support, set up a website, held AGM’s, set up an advisory board and carried out a feasibility study to identify a preferred site for the facility.

Wishaw MTB Club

The beginnings of the Wishawhill Wood Pump track began in 2016. The Wishaw Mountain Biking Club was approached by North Lanarkshire Council and Central Network Green Network to see if they would be interested in regenerating an area of Craignuek in Wishaw synonymous with poverty and steel works. The Club approached Velosolutions UK with the idea of building a pumptrack and along with local school and community groups built a social enterprise called Socialtrack to support activities at the track.

Angus Cycle Hub

Angus Cycle Hub Community Interest Company (CIC) is a not for profit social enterprise dedicated to supporting cycling. The project encourages people to lead healthier lives and reduce short car journeys and C02 emissions through cycling and recycling.
Through research and previous work with partners we discovered that many people in the vicinity of the towns local MTB Skills park “The Templeton Tangle” did not have access to bicycles or mountain bikes and there was a gap in provision.
In addition, people, community groups and schools in areas of deprivation in the vicinity could not afford to access bikes or training.
In 2017, Angus Cycle Hub began working with Scottish Cycling in a funding partnership that included sportscotland and HSBC UK/British Cycling to create a pilot scheme and model for the development of a sustainable mountain bike skills centre. Working with local delivery partners including Dundee City Council, Active Schools Dundee, Ancrum Outdoor Centre and Dundee Family Support Teams we created a new mountain biking level 1 centre in Camperdown Park, Dundee.
The aim of the project was to develop a low-cost, sustainable and best practice model to help deliver similar centres in other parts of the country while helping fill the gaps in provision noted in Dundee.

Highland Skate Park

The Charity of HSPA was founded in 2011. In 2016 our most recent project was complete a £350,000 Velosolutions Pump Track to compliment the neighbouring Inverness Skate Park. Our pump track was the first outdoor Velosolutions track in the UK and the only one in Scotland at the time.
The land the facilities was build on was a very tired BMX track and a couple of ramps that needed some TLC. Although the Charity was made official in 2011 it was the work of a few dedicated individuals that started the petitions years before to bring some life back to the area.
The HSPA is made up of a small committee of volunteers who all have jobs and family and give up their time to continue to look after and progress the facilities.

Skelf Bike Park

The Skelf Bike Park is Scotland's first truly city-centre, grass-roots-built, mountain bike facility.An exciting new bike skills park in central Edinburgh - suitable for people of all ages - BMX, mountain bike, scooters, roller blades, balance bikes - anything with wheels is welcome!

The centrepiece of the park is our gorgeously curvaceous, deliciously multi-line, 900m2 asphalt-surfaced VeloSolutions pump track, which we relentlessly shoe-horned into a perfect natural amphitheatre on the site (with Salisbury Crags as a none-too-shabby backdrop).

The project started from very humble beginnings way back in 2012, when two local riders met at the school gate & started to blether about doing something about the lack of nearby riding spots...

Over the next five years, what started off a plan to self build some cheeky guerilla trails in a nearby patch of derelict woodland, became a much more ambitious plan to develop a really innovative top-class facility that would cater to not just mountain bikers, but also BMXers, trials riders, skateboarders, skaters (and even Scooterers...).

Previous Winners

 Scottish Mountain Bike Community Project of the Year 2017 - Bespoke

Scottish Mountain Bike Community Project of the Year 2016 - Stirling Cycle Hub