Cycling (Including Road Cycling, Trail Cycling and Mountain Biking)

mountain biker

Mountain biking, using specially designed and built cycles, is steadily increasing in popularity as a means of exploring the countryside. Mountain biking, XC biking and trail cycling are all widely used descriptive terms for this developing sport. Trails built specifically to offer challenging riding are proving popular around the UK and a number of high quality venues have been developed within the North East of Scotland 

Cycle touring, using conventional road cycles or mountain bikes on more extended trips is enjoying a revival in popularity amongst all age groups. Many youngsters plan their own cycle tours based on advice and encouragement from parents, schools or clubs and Duke of Edinburgh Silver & Gold expeditions can be undertaken on bicycles in wild country using minor roads, lanes and tracks. 

An increased awareness by the public, local authorities and employers of the benefits of bicycle travel is emerging. Cycling is viewed as an economic, environmentally safe, healthy and energy efficient means of transport. In congested urban areas cycling is often the fastest means of transport and this helps to reduce vehicle emissions and improve air quality. The appeal and enthusiasm for trail cycling and cycle touring in the Aberdeenshire and Moray areas is considerable and is a reflection of the nature or the countryside

Cycling Ride Training Scheme

This two day in-house training course is mandatory for all council employees planning to lead groups on cycles either on or off road unless they hold a nationally recognised cycling qualification. On successful completion of training, the course tutor will sign off log books to specify the areas and routes where individual staff can operate with groups. These areas will be restricted to terrain that is designated as LOW LEVEL (Ref P  – Walking & Hill walking), and are likely to include public roads, simple paths and tracks that are close to public roads and possibly some easy forest trails.

Recommended Reading

MBLA Official Training Manual                   Scottish Cycling 3rd edition ( 2010)
The Mountain Bike Code of Conduct       The Sports Council
Off- Road & Trail Cycling                            SAPOE
Mountain Biking                                           Steve Worland
Scottish Access Code                                SOAC