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Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Trails

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Cathkin Braes Country Park

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The Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Trails are an exciting new addition to Glasgow’s sporting landscape. Located on the city’s south side, just 15 minutes from the Athletes’ Village, the trails will host the Mountain Bike competitions and have been created in collaboration with expert designers.

The venue makes the most of the varied terrain of Cathkin Braes Country Park to provide a challenging course for riders. Set against a backdrop of ancient woodland, steep slopes and wide open spaces, the trails offer a spectacular panorama of the city beyond.

Owned by Glasgow City Council and South Lanarkshire Council, Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Trails is a venue with bags of local character – the course’s key features were named by young people following a local schools’ competition. Features like Brig O’Doom, Broken Biscuits and Clyde Climb will remain when the venue becomes a permanent facility for use by local communities and for international competition.

Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Trails are an exciting new addition to Glasgow’s sporting landscape. The trails will host the Mountain Bike competitions and have been created in collaboration with expert designers.   The venue makes the most of the varied terrain of Cathkin Braes Country Park to provide a challenging course for riders. Set against a backdrop of ancient woodland, steep slopes and wide open spaces, the trails offer a spectacular panorama of the city beyond.

As shown on the map, Cathkin Braes Country Park is located on Glasgow’s south side. It’s 6.7 miles from Glasgow city centre and a 15 minute drive from the Commonwealth Games Village (CGV).

There are a number of bus routes serving the venue, some via the city centre. Bus stops closest to the venue are 700 metres (a 12–14 minute walk) away.  

Fast facts

  • The British Cross Country Championships will take place at Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Trails in July 2013.
  • Over 800 entries were received in a competition for local schoolchildren to name the standout features of the Mountain Bike course.
  • The eastern part of Cathkin Braes Country Park was gifted to the city in 1887 by millionaire Mr James Dick who stipulated that the open space most by retained in a natural state and open for public enjoyment. Mr Dick had made his fortune manufacturing rubberised shoe soles from gutta-percha, which led to the nickname ‘Gutty Park’.

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