Glentress named top UK trail of 2014

Cyclists on the 7 Stanes route in Glentress forest
Cyclists on the 7 Stanes route in Glentress forest

Glentress in Peeblesshire, part of the 7stanes set-up, has been named as the UK Trail of the Year for 2014 in a prestigious poll of its users.

And its neighbouring track at Innerleithen not only won ninth place in the UK poll, but also second in Scotland.

7stanes’ Dumfries and Galloway site at Kirroughtree took third in Scotland, making it a clean sweep for the group.

The mecahnism for choosing the iBikeRide UK Trail of the Year crown works by aggregating all the rider reviews throughout the year into a trail index.

This is made up of more than 1,000 rider reviews and is growing all the time.

A trail needs to have a minimum number of ratings as well as having reviews written in the last year to be eligible for entry.

In addition to the top trail gongs for the UK and Scotland, Glentress also walked away with the title of UK XC Centre of the Year.

The top three trails and bike parks will receive a plaque in recognition.

This will be both a physical plaque to display, as well as a digital badge for their listing on iBikeRide and for their own website and social media.

Mandy Layden, development manager for 7stanes, said: “We are really pleased that we have not only won UK Trail of the Year 2014, but have walked away with three pole positions.

“7stanes has something to offer all riders, from beginner to expert, individual bikers or families looking for trails with breathtaking scenery to adrenaline junkies that are looking to be challenged on the more technical trails.

“With Glentress being quoted as a ‘Mountain Biking Mecca’ by Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Adventures and now winning the awards, 7stanes should be on everyone’s top to do list.”

7stanes would like to thank all the riders who contributed their reviews on the site, Forestry Commission Scotland for all their hard work maintaining the trails and the local volunteer groups.

The 7stanes centres and trails are managed by Forestry Commission Scotland on the National Forest Estate.

Hugh McKay, recreation and tourism manager for Forestry Commission Scotland, said: “This is great news and reaffirms the 7stanes network of trails as being the top place for riding.

“We’ve made huge investments in maintaining the trails and adding modern facilities around the 7stanes centres.

“We want to keep building on this success to make sure we attract more visitors and increase the benefits to local economies.”

Daniel Mintz, founder of iBikeRide, added: “Scotland has some of the best riding in the UK and the results, particularly the fact that three of the 7stanes feature in the Top Ten UK trails, with Glentress taking the crowning spot, is testament to this, and to the work of 7stanes and the Scottish Forestry Commission in creating fantastic trails.

“The achievement is even more impressive, given that statistically, given the relative population sizes, more votes were cast by English voters rather Scottish voters across the whole iBikeRide Trail index, making their win undisputed across the UK. Massive congrats!”

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