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Go Mountain Bike in Durness

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Enjoying a Go Mountain Bike taster day
Enjoying a Go Mountain Bike taster day

A new community venture from Durness Development Group opened its doors for the first time last week.

The Bike HUB is being run by volunteers and can currently offer bike hire and cycle repair. However, as the volunteers receive further training the range of activities available will increase.

As soon as they have a volunteer qualified as a Trail Cycle Leader they will be able to offer Community Ride Outs, Guided Rides and Skills Training.

To mark the opening week, a one day "Go Mountain Bike" Taster Session was held last Sunday at Durness Football Club.

Despite the extremely wet and dreich conditions on the day, an enthusiastic bunch of youngsters and the young at heart threw themselves into a morning of mountain bike skills sessions, and field games with slaloms, see-saws, jumps and races.

After lunch, and with numbers swelled by parents joining them for a ride out along some of the beautiful trails and paths around Durness, there were ample opportunities to hone newly acquired off-road skills.

Great fun was had by all and discussions soon turned to the formation of a new cycling club….watch this space!

The training day was an introduction to the five levels of mountain bike proficiency in Cycling Scotland’s Go Mountain Bike programme.

The course themes are riding skills, first aid, being independent and self-supporting and sharing the outdoors.

These principles are behind the new community venture from Durness Development Group’s Bike Hub in the village square, Durness.

Bike Hub is open from 9-10 am and 5-6 pm Monday-Saturday for adult and children’s bike hire with attractive rates of £ 12 per day for children and £20 per day for adults .

Enquiries and bookings can be made through Local Development Officer Neil Fuller on 07736503042.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at the HUB, or if you would like to get involved in mountain biking or cycling in general, please feel free to get in touch.

With funding from the Cycle Friendly Communities fund from Cycling Scotland, The Community Bike HUB has a pool of bikes and a training fund for active volunteers.

"We are very lucky to be able to offer some fantastic training opportunities for active volunteers to gain qualifications in Trail Cycle Leadership, Mountain Bike Leadership, Mountain Bike Maintenance and Advanced Bike Mechanics" said volunteer Neil Fuller.

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