Mountain bikers will be thrilled to hear of two new Scottish trails. Already a world leader in mountain biking, Scotland boasts numerous purpose-built trail centres but there is always room for more.

Now two new trails, a six-miler and a 12-miler, are set to be built in the forests near Tomintoul, Morayshire, after approval by the Cairngorms National Park Authority Planning Committee. 

The descent from the summit of Carn Daimh on the longer of the trails will be almost three miles, making it one of the longest in the country.

A visitor centre hub, including a new car park and a building that will accommodate toilets, information and cafe facilities, is also planned in the forest on the beautiful Glenlivet Estate.

Allan Wright, park authority board member and Moray councillor, is reported as saying: "I'm pleased to see an opportunity being taken to attract more people to the Glenlivet and Tomintoul area. If the bike trails are as good as we're being told, mountain bikers will travel far for the experience."

New mountain biking info website

And with new developments taking shape for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014, last week Shona Robison, the Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, launched a new Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland website. 

The website has information on all the places to ride in Scotland, the equipment needed, features on inspirational coaches and leaders, and bike events. It is aimed at families, existing mountain bikers and those new to the activity. 

Dressed for the mountain biking trails

Winter mountain biking can be great fun, if you don’t mind coming home a little muddy. Like every sport it makes sense to be dressed for comfort, the season and to combat changeable weather conditions. In winter, it’s even more important that you choose the right cycle clothing. 

Choose to layer your clothing so that you can add or take off layers as you become warmer or cooler. This is especially important for downhill mountain biking. On the uphills you’ll find yourself over-heating, while on the downhills you’ll need to add a few layers.

A windproof and waterproof jacket is a good idea, especially one that is breathable. Padded sorts or leggings will also prevent chaffing in uncomfortable areas!

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