Scottish Mountain Bike Club of the Year

There are so many fantastic MTB clubs in Scotland. Run by dedicated, passionate and totally committed individuals. We think that it is appropriate that this is celebrated and applauded. We asked you to nominate your Club if you thought that it was the very best in Scotland.

Winner 2018 - West Highland Wheelers


Shortlist 2018:

Arran High School MTB Club

 Arran High School Mountain Bike Club began in 2014, later registering as a SCIO in 2016. Our original aim was to provide regular opportunity for Arran High School pupils to participate in Mountain Biking, but have since evolved into sharing everything that is awesome about mountain biking with the young members of our community - bike mechanics, trail maintenance, regular opportunity for volunteering and micro adventures. We offer every on Island opportunity free of charge to ensure equity for all, with limited expenses required for our mainland trips to cover travel and accommodation.

The Black Isle Mountain Bike Club

The Black Isle Mountain Bike Club was started c.2010 and initially catered for a small number of local riders. In 2014 the club committee changed and it was immediately apparent that ‘fun’, ‘inclusiveness’ and ‘safety’ needed to be at the core of everything we did. On the back of this ethos – membership steadily grew, and we now cater for children from throughout the Highlands, aged 7-18 to promote 'healthy and active' lifestyles whilst offering the athletes an opportunity to learn new skills/make new friends in a safe and friendly environment. Our membership exceeds 100 persons and we currently run with an extensive waiting list.

We regularly have children attending from both large and rural villages from all over the Highlands and have invested heavily in training and coaching qualifications for our leaders to ensure the best possible advice is passed on to our members.

 Meedies Cycle Club 

 Meedies Bike Club was set up in 2009 at Lochore Meadows Country Park by our very own Andy McGrath in conjunction with the Outdoor Education Centre which is located within the park. Several of the areas immediately surrounding the park are a little bit deprived and one of the main aims of the club was to be able to offer a fully inclusive environment when everyone can have access to mountain biking. Whether kids owned their own bikes or borrowed one from the club they were given the opportunity to get together, get out on the bikes and enjoy the park and its surroundings.

Edinburgh Road Club

ERC was formed in 1925 and reformed in 1974 after a hiatus. The club was a traditional ‘Road Club’ with a focus on on-road activities, but later added triathlon and mountain biking to it’s portfolio. Club members compete in and promoted a range of competitive and no-competitive events in the Edinburgh area.
Ten years ago, youth triathlete and cyclists were admitted under their relevant SGB’s programmes. Athletes benefit from a single membership policy enabling tri members to take part in cycling activities and vice versa. Youth members have always had an interest in mountain biking, and in 2012 two members were in a team of 14 year olds who won the quad category of the Strathpuffer Mountain Bike Endurance race. Younger riders continue to eclipse the efforts of adults as evidenced by two members becoming British youth mtb champions, one of whom competed in 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires.
Recently the youth cycling section has taken up mountain biking as a major strand of its activities following the addition of keen and able leaders. This has led to a significant increase in mountain biking

Cowal MTB Club 

Cowal Mountain Bike Club was formed in 2003 to bring together off-road cyclists living on or having connections with the Cowal Peninsula. To encourage responsible off-road cycling of all kinds on the Cowal Peninsula and beyond in a manner that is sympathetic to the environment. To encourage cyclists to participate in a variety of off-road skills and competitive activities and to facilitate the introduction of keen beginners to the sport of mountain biking. The club
The ethos of the Club incorporates the ideology that off-road cyclists should be independent, self-reliant and able to look after themselves. With that in mind we offer regular club rides, arrange social days away, build and develop trails working in partnership with the land owners. Social events, leadership and coaching with a view to grow our youth membership.

Wolfpax Riders

 Wolfpax Riders were founded 12 years ago, to support children in their development as mountain bikers, based at Laggan Wolftrax. Whilst the children have always been competitive, the club has also sought to create fun sessions to support the development of responsible happy active children and perhaps most crucially in today’s screen time focussed world mindfullness and a love of Scotland’s wonderful outdoors.

Discovery Junior Cycling Club

The club was started 15 years ago, specifically aimed at youths (U16). DJCC were the first Scottish club to obtain the British Cycling Go-Ride accreditation, ensuring the club operated best practice for youths.

The club is also actively involved in supporting the Big Tree Campervan Series. A series of five events in Tayside & Fife, encouraging youths to take their first steps into competitive cycling. The series has been running for a number of years, seeing the numbers taking part increase year on year.
The club has also supported the Coupar Angus Cycle Hub – Cycling Week, by running a Go-Ride Racing event for them. In the first year 50 kids came along to the entry level session. This is definitely an area that they will be looking to grow, in and around Dundee, taking Come and Try sessions to the local community.

West Highland Wheelers 

The club is run by volunteers and the ethos is to aspire members to get involved with the club whether it is participating in events, marshalling/ timekeeping etc at events/ being on the committee/ helping out with their annual bike festival or their annual bike sale.. .the list goes on.

The club have set up a children's section to promote and develop responsible mountain biking among children in the area. This is based on a ”club ride led by adult volunteers” model rather than paying coaches and having kids dropped off. This has enabled the club to grow sustainably and has created an incredibly supportive group with many parents helping in many areas. Parents have also supported each other to progress their riding and parents have developed their skills and confidence to start assisting with the kids groups. The numbers have grown year on year and they now have over 50 kids turning up on the Saturday morning. The rides are led by volunteer parents, assisted by volunteer parents, and parents who cannot ride help out in various other ways. 

Winner 2016 - Arran High School MTB Club

Winner 2017 - Midlothian Cycle Club