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Announcing the iBikeRide Trail of the Year 2014

Announcing the iBikeRide Trail of the Year 2014

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Announcing the iBikeRide Trail of the Year 2014

iBikeRide are happy to announce the Top UK Trails and Bike Parks of 2014 as decided by you the UK riding public. 

Glentress one of the 7stanes in Scotland takes the iBikeRide Trail of the Year crown for 2014 in first place, closely followed by new entrants to the MTB world BikePark Wales who take second. Afan Forest in Wales take third. 

This year being the second year of the awards we have decided to publish the top 15 trails and bike parks across the UK. There are 6 English, 5 Welsh and 4 Scottish (including 3 of the 7stanes) in the top 15.

The Top 15 UK Trails and Bike Parks

2014 Rank 

Name 

Rating 

2013 Rank

1

Glentress Mountain Bike Trail Centre

4.77

3

2

BikePark Wales 

4.73

/

3

Afan Forest Mountain Bike Trail Centre

4.68

2

4

Coed y Brenin Mountain Bike Trail Centre

4.61

4

5

Gisburn Forest Bike Trails

4.59

1

6

Antur Stiniog Mountain Bike Trail Centre

4.59

7

7

Hamsterley Forest and Descend Hamsterley Mountain Bike Trails

4.49

10

8

Chicksands Bike Park

4.48 

5

9

Innerleithen Mountain Bike Trails

4.46

8

10

Kirroughtree Mountain Bike Trail Centre

4.39

9

11

Coed Llandegla Mountain Bike Centre

4.34

/

12

Cannock Chase Mountain Bike Centre

4.33

/

13

Glenlivet Mountain Bike Trail Centre

4.29

/

14

Forest of Dean

4.28

/

15

Whinlatter Forest Park Mountain Bike Trail Centre

4.23

/

We have also published the trail and bike parks ranking this year vs last year so we can see the comparison. Unsuprisingly there are many familiar faces from last year and some trails have improved their rankings whilst others have dropped.

Gisburn which won last year still comes a respectable 5th this year (as well as taking the award of 1st position for English Trail of the Year). There are lots of new entrants to the rankings like Coed LLandegla, Cannock Chase, Forest of Dean and Whinlatter. In addition, some suprise new entrants such as BikePark Wales which being just over a year old has sprung out of nowhere to take the second spot, Glenlivet also a new trail centre in Scotland takes 13th in it's first year since it's launch.

We are also pleased to publish the top three winners per country and by riding disciline as below.

Top Trails and Bike Parks by Country 

Scotland

1) Glentress  2) Innerleithen 3) Kirroughtree

Wales

1) BikePark Wales, 2) Afan Forest 3) Coed y Brenin

England

1) Gisburn 2) Hamsterley 3) Chicksands

Top Trails and Bike Parks by Discipline 

UK XC / Trail Centre

1) Glentress 2) Afan Forest 3) Coed y Brenin

UK Bike Park / Downhill Centre

1) Bike Park Wales 2) Antur Stiniog 3) Descend Hamsterley

In summary Glentress walks away with 3 pole position awards.

  • UK Trail of the Year
  • Scottish Trail of the Year
  • UK XC Centre of the Year

BikePark Wales wins 3 awards:

  • 2nd place for UK Trail of the Year
  • 1st place for Welsh Trail of the Year
  • 1st place for the UK Bike Park of the Year

Afan wins 3 awards:

  • 3rd place for UK Trail of the Year
  • 2nd place for Welsh Trail of the Year
  • 2nd place for XC Centre of the Year

The Trail of the Year campaign forms part of iBikeRide's ongoing commitment to bring riders, communities and trails together. The mechanism for choosing the Trail of The Year works by aggragating all the rider reviews throughout the year into a Trail Index. This index is made up of over a 1000 rider reviews and growing all the time. A trail needs to have a minumum number of ratings as well as having reviews written in the last year to be eligible for entry.

Each of the top 3 trails and bike parks will receive a plaque in recognition. This will be both a physical plaque they can display for their trail centre and or bike parks as well as a digital badge for their listing on IBIKERide as well as for their own website and social media.

iBikeRide want to thank all the riders who contributed their reviews on the site, our sponsors of the campaign Ride Ibiza and the local volunteer trail communities and trail organisations all around the UK. 

Ride ibiza

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