Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Course Features Named

December 7, 2012

Brig O’Doom, Broken Biscuits and Clyde Climb were among the standout winning entries in a schools competition to name the eight distinctive features of the soon-to-be-opened Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike course which will host Cross Country Mountain Biking at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The venue, Glasgow’s first international standard mountain biking course, is being developed by Glasgow City Council’s Land & Environmental Services and will be a permanent facility, providing a legacy accessible to riders of all levels of experience from locals trying out the sport to international cyclists.

13 schools across two local authorities within 1.5 miles of the venue submitted more than 800 suggestions, after being given a description of the eight most interesting and challenging features on the course. The winning names will not only be used at Games time, but throughout the life of the course.

The winners are:

Feature 1: Propellor Point – Cathkin High School
Feature 2: Double Dare – Cathkin Primary School
Feature 3: Clyde Climb – Castleton Primary School
Feature 4: Rest and Be Thankful – Cathkin High School
Feature 5: Broken Biscuits – Castlemilk High School
Feature 6: The Jouk – Miller Primary School
Feature 7: Brig O’Doom – Trinity High School
Feature 8: Boulder Dash – St Bartholomew’s Primary School

MBX2.jpgScottish mountain biker Rab Wardell, who competed for Team Scotland at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and who has his sights firmly set on making the team again for 2014, had the honour of being the first international level cyclist to get access to the course and ride through all the features.

Enthusing about the course he said: “To have such a world class mountain biking facility so close to the city centre is unique. There’s already a fantastic buzz around track cycling on the back of the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome opening a few months ago and mountain biking is a sport rapidly growing in popularity.

“There is a fantastic club structure in place and a great group of volunteers working across the country so I think it’s just a matter of time until people are coming down to this world-class facility.”

Alasdair MacLennan, President of Scottish Cycling, who was a member of the judging panel added:

“I thoroughly enjoyed my involvement in the selection process and must admit that the quality of all the finalists’ submissions made for some very difficult decisions.

“However, I’m certain that when the names of these features will be broadcast around the globe during the Mountain Bike events at Glasgow 2014 the winning schools will feel a great sense of pride of having played their part in what is going to be a fantastic Commonwealth Games.”

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