Aberdeenshire Trail Association is continuing its development having begun its maintenance agreement with Forestry & Land Scotland at the Pitfichie MTB site which will continue throughout 2019. In addition to this the group completed an extensive diversion to the ending of the iconic Heartbreak Ridge route near Ballater to address some longstanding landowner concerns. This change has been very positively received by all parties and the ATA hope this can be a positive example of what they can contribute towards a higher quality, more sustainable local trail network.
The ATA also supported The Tarland Trails maintenance day with the provision of tools and expertise. The ATA have represented the voluntary network within the local mountain bike cluster consultations and are collaborating with Gravitate NE and No Fuss Events to increase the quality of the trail network for the Scottish Enduro Series race in the region later this year.
In partnership with training provider Clive Forth the ATA will run an official Trail Inspection and Maintenance Training course in May to educate the next batch of Trail Association members, expand the groups capacity and continue development of best practice in the region.
ATA committee members are out on the trails with two wheels spreading the word and aiming to increase awareness of mountain biking to riders and local businesses alike. The group have a series of maintenance sessions planned in conjunction with a variety of local land owners throughout ‘Take Care of Your Trails’ month and have a number of other exciting developments in the pipeline. If you’d like to get involved check out their website and social media channels :