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PICTURES: Cairngorm Mountain launches family-friendly mountain biking trails

By Gavin Musgrove

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Cairngorm Mountain (Scotland) Limited (CMSL) has launched a new gravity-style mountain bike park for families and children as part of its exciting summer offering.

Spanning over 3km across nine flow trails – graded as green, blue, and red – the new bike park is suitable for young children through to adults.

The green trails offer beginners and younger children a great introduction to gravity-style mountain biking.

Intermediate riders can enjoy the blue trails while the red trails are ideal for experienced thrill-seeking mountain bikers.

The multiple trail options allow for continued rider progression.

Two 100m conveyor belt uplifts, which have been used for snowsports during winter, will now transport riders to the top of the Lower Zone where they can easily access the green and lower blue trails.

Experienced riders can take the purpose-built climb trail to reach the top of the Mid Zone and Upper Trails.

Visitors can bring their own bikes or hire from the brand new range of Commencal bikes, with a number of options available, from small balance bikes for little ones to adult sizes and electric bikes, along with helmets and pads.

Secure storage is available on the new Aviemore Adventurer bus which runs a regular service from Aviemore to Cairngorm Mountain Resort.

The new bike park is part of the 25-year Cairngorm Masterplan to create a year-round resort.

The summer offering also includes mountain tubing, guided walks to Cairn Gorm summit and around the Northern Corries, as well as the viewing terrace expansion for al fresco dining and drinking.

Susan Smith, CEO of CMSL, said: “We are thrilled to be launching the family-friendly mountain bike park as part of our new and exciting range of summer activities.

"By re-purposing the conveyor uplifts and existing infrastructure, visitors can enjoy the natural mountain environment in every season.”

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Tickets are now on sale from the ticket office, from £7.50 for a children’s half-day ticket and from £16 for an adult.

Tickets can also be purchased at www.cairngormmountain.co.uk/mountain-biking

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