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Glenlivet Cycle Trails

PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 11:37 am
by Richard
I visited the new trail centre at Glenlivet on Friday, so I thought I’d share my thoughts on how I found it.
Starting from the car\fire road you enter the start of the single track which leads to both the red and blue routes. The track flows nicely both up and down until it splits into the red and blue. The red forks off to the right and heads down a fire road which is marked with red arrows. You start then to cycle up a fire road and onto single track which continues the upward trend – for the next 1804ft!!

The climb consists of a mixture of fire road and single track; generally it isn’t too bad until nearing the top when it’s very steep, I suspect most people will get off and push at this point.
The start of the downhill is signposted to the right with a board explaining the two types of grading the track consists of, red and black. From here it’s 6km down on sweeping single track with a number of ‘Black’ sections to try. All of these can be avoided, although none are particularly difficult and look worse than they are. At the bottom of the run you re-join the fire road and cycle back up to join the Blue track which eventually takes you back to the Café. As there is so much climbing the whole route is actually quite tiring, especially if you’re on your own and don’t stop to socialise with friends. As the trees are now shedding their leaves etc. the trails don’t roll quite as well as they could so again a lot of peddling is required just to keep up a good speed.

Overall I enjoyed the run, however compared to the likes of Glentress, I don’t think the Red is a Red or the Blacks particularly Black. I’d say the red is more a Blue trail with some Red bits thrown in to keep you entertained.

Would I go back? Yes and No. If I wanted to go cycling with friends to have fun I’d choose Laggon Wolftrax, however, as somewhere to train this place ticks all the boxes.

Re: Glenlivet Cycle Trails

PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 10:58 pm
by Andy Scouller
I've been thinking about heading up there, how would you compare it to Fochabers?

Re: Glenlivet Cycle Trails

PostPosted: Tue Nov 12, 2013 8:37 am
by Richard
There's more variety at Fochabers and it's easier on the legs. Having said that, the Glenlivet trails are work in progress but still worth a visit.