Monster new mtb skills area for Fochabers

 A new skills area at the Moray Monster Trails in Fochabers will be officially opened this weekend (Sunday 19 June, 11.30am).

The free event will see enthusiasts join the main players from Moray’s mountain biking community and Forest Enterprise Scotland staff to help celebrate the completion of the £120,000 upgrade to the Moray Monster trails.

The project, part funded by the Commonwealth legacy fund (administered via sport Scotland) has taken a year to complete, is located approximately 1 mile East of Fochabers on the A98 at the Winding Walks car park.

Calum Murray, the FES Communities Recreation & Tourism Manager who has overseen the works, said;

“Suitable for mountain bikes and for bmx bikes, this is a fantastic new addition to the trails and it’s a real asset for the area.

“The site’s been settling down very well, with thanks to some of the local guys who’ve been ‘test-riding’ it, and we’re ready to throw open the doors and welcome everybody who wants to come and challenge their mountain biking skills.

“Spread across four distinct areas, riders can tailor their visit to suit as time, fitness and experience allow. Visitors will also find it easy to combine different route sections and come up with their own loop preferences so that they can take on a different challenge on every visit.”

Visitors to the trails will now be able to enjoy a range of features to help them boost fitness levels, hone their skills and have fun!

There will be a variety of demonstrations on the day as well as opportunities to try bikes, have a go on the new features and maybe buy a new bit of kit. Hot food will be available to purchase.

The skills trail features:

• The pump track will help novices learn how to use berms and how to move on rises and dips but will also be a good way for giving experienced riders to get a full body workout.

• The skills area, which will include elements normally found on ‘upland’ Blue and Red grade trails, will make it easier for instructors to pass on skills that would normally take many hour and many miles of riding to learn.

• There is also an off-trail jumps area  that are a perfect environment for younger riders to safely practice how to handle jumps without annoying other forest users or building their own jumps somewhere without permission. This area is clearly signed to remind riders to be appropriately dressed and equipped and to respect the jumps and start small before tackling the larger jumps.

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.
  2. Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of Forestry Commission Scotland and manages the National Forest Estate on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
  3. Tha Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba na phàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh na h-Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba. Tha e an urra ri riaghladh agus cumail maoineachadh is comhairle ri coilltearachd ann an Alba. Tha Iomairt Choilltean na h-Alba na fo-bhuidheann aig Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba a tha a’ ruith Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta.
  4. Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6507 / 07785 527590 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.