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Wednesday, August 29, 2012 |
Middleden trails officially completed
Friday, April 20, 2012
Mountain bikers in Kirkcaldy looking to go for a ride and practice their skills can escape to the officially completed trails at Middleden.
Led by Ranger Graeme Walla of Fife Coast and Countryside Trust (FCCT), the project saw 159 volunteers from FCCT, Middleden MTB Club and the Prince’s Trust put in over 700 hours to add around 5 kilometres of bike trails to the Middleden Woods.
Volunteers from FCCT and Middleden MTB Club were mobilised via phone calls, facebook and respective websites, while the Prince’s Trust set up a dedicated project for the Middleden trails to supply extra volunteers.
The trails have been designed and constructed by Rik Allsop, a leading mountain and trail professional, who has helped develop the site since 2008.
Adam Gaunt, Middleden MTB Club chairman, said: “The bike trails at Middleden are a great asset to the local community as their accessibility provides a great opportunity for them to get into biking.
“Since our club was launched in May 2011, Middleden trails have been our primary venue for our over 20 members. When Graeme Walla alerted us to the building of addition trails at Middleden, we were eager to pitch in.
“We rallied volunteers to help out at a number of trail building sessions via our website and facebook page and are now assisting with the maintenance of the trails in partnership with Fife Coast and Countryside Trust and Fife Council.
“The trails have been a huge success with club members and local riders. It’s great to see mum’s out with their children enjoying biking together
“We welcome everyone to meet us up on Mondays at 6.30pm at the high school football pitch car park to try out the new bike trails and join our club.”
Ranger Graeme Walla of FCCT said of the Middleden project: “Building the trails has been a great project. There was a lot of physical labour involved in the trails’ construction, so we want to thank all of the volunteers who helped realise the project.
“It was quite a daunting task at first but turned into a fantastic undertaking. The volunteers from Middleden MTB Club, FCCT and the Prince’s Trust were really enthusiastic and gained a real sense of ownership working on the project.
“I organised one volunteer day each month for all of them and lots of mid-week days that were exclusively for Trust volunteers, who really put in a lot of extra time and effort on these trails and led the way to their completion.
“Thanks to Rik Allsop and all the volunteers, the new bike trail network has been completed to a really high standard and provides great walking and cycling opportunities for the local community.
“We hope that Middleden might be considered to host the SXC (Scottish) Cross Country Mountain Biking Race Series. The site has the real potential to be a serious competitive venue for mountain bikers, while serving as an urban park for the people in Kirkcaldy.”
The Middleden Trails project has been supported and funded by FCCT, Fife Council, NHS Fife, Fife Community Safety Partnership, and Fife Environment Trust (FET).
To view a map of the Middleden trails, please visit www.middledenmtb.co.uk