Cathkin Braes mountain bike trails are in the Cathkin Braes Country Park in the South East of Glasgow. It opened in June 2013 and was built for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The location is well placed as it is 200 metres above sea level making it the highest point in Glasgow. There are no facilities so go prepared. In June 2017 £616,766 of new funding was approved towards a new blue and red trails, a skills loop and a Velo solutions pump track. Work commenced in August 2017 and it is due to open in March 2018.
There will be:
• New floodlit car parking and road access
• One of the biggest Velosolutions UK Pump Tracks
• Skills coaching area including practice jumps
• Race start area
• Blue grade access climb to new and existing trails
• Blue graded flow trail descent
• Red graded trail descent
• Jump trail
Glasgow Life are also working to get toilet facilities installed. Full confirmation on this as soon as we have it.
Cathkin Braes Trail
- The trail is a Red graded trail with Blue and Black options. Specifically, there are two Black sections on the Red route. Hence it is graded to suit different skill and fitness levels.
- It's 5.5 km long designed in a figure of eight.
- Features include drop off's, berms, exposed bedrock, steep descents, tough climbs, water splash, steps, rock boulders and flagstone causeways.
- The terrain is a mix of ancient woodland, and more exposed wide open spaces and stunning views that take in Glasgow city as its backdrop.
- The track is split into multiple sections with names that give a clue to the ride on that segment such as Propeller Point, Double Dare, Rest and Be Thankful, Broken Biscuits, Brig O’Doom and Clyde Climb.
- New reds, blues, skills and pump track are kicking off development from August 2017.
Groups and Clubs
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