The beautiful surroundings of Comrie Croft helped to make the 2023 Scottish MTB Awards pretty special. Last Thursday night saw the very best of the Scottish Mountain Bike community, come together in mutual appreciation and celebration. The food was amazing, the drinks were flowing, outstanding chat from Will, Graeme and Ewan from the Glenturret Distillery and some mighty fine tunes from local DJ Rupert all meant that the evening was going to be awesome.
We will be sharing more of an insight into all of the nominees and winners of the awards as we want to celebrate and thank so many individuals and groups who contribute to making this community so incredibly awesome - but for now here are your winners!
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First up we started with a very special award for Emily Greaves from Comrie Croft. She received a special certificate and hand made frame by Craig McArthur (Post Fender / Tornado Design) as she becomes the very first person to qualify as a Trail Therapy practitioner!
Tweed Valley Pods is a small, family owned glamping pods business located with Glenormistion estate on the outskirts of Innerleithen. Tweed Valley pods was created with a vision to combine a strong ecological and environmentally focused accommodation offering, with so many plans for the future, put this wee gem on your must visit.
Delivering quality content and diverse locations. Travelling to as many of Scotland's amazing biking destinations as he can, bringing you the clearest, smoothest footage possible, to try and help you decide if its somewhere that you would like to visit yourself.
More Skills, more fun. Offering coaching for kids and adults of all levels. This was a really popular choice and well deserved by all the team at Comrie. Special mentions to Scott, Em, Josh and Fin.
In the public vote, Aberdeenshire took over 70% of the total vote! If you haven't been to date, best get yourself there and check it out for yourselves. Check our Ride Guide to the area to help you plan your trip!
The "GD8" by Intra Drive Ltd. Revolutionary technology combines a powerful motor with 8 speed gearbox in a single compact unit.
Providing off road adaptive cycling opportunities in Scotland - encouraging those with physical disabilities to venture off road. An awesome project supported by incredible people doing amazing things.
Anyone who has entered a race anywhere in Scotland will probably have met Fred. He volunteers to marshal at many events including Tweedlove, SDA, Enduros and recently at marshalling at CWC2023. He is an active member of the TVTA and a qualified dig leader who often runs sessions - and does everything with a radiant smile. A very popular and deserving winner.
Every community needs its do-ers. The enthusiasts, the people that get stuck in, and keep pushing to make good stuff happen. These people exist in communities all over the World, but in the context of Lochaber that do-er is one of the main people behind the West Highland Wheelers kids club and the Fort William Bike Park, Gregor Muir. Gregor is ingrained in the community, and with a range of interests that make him one of those well-connected people that are so full of energy they somehow manage to do more than they should be able to in the time available. A deserving winner!
The first trail centre in the North East of Scotland. The first trail project to be designed with ecological constraints as a core objective. The Tarland Trails Pittenderich project supports region’s ambition to be a leading adventure tourism destination and is being heralded as arguably one of the best places to ride in the country. If you haven't as yet ridden the magical trails - do so, like now!
Ray manages to do a full time job and yet somehow spends full time hours up at Glassie Bike Park building, improving and enhancing some of the most interesting, exciting and fun trails in Scotland. When he isn't building he's most likely repairing features, improving drainage or offering his time to guide visitors or even give free uplift. People like Ray are few and far between in that they have a passion and unselfish nature that brings benefit to everyone around them. An exceptionally popular winner and well deserved accolade for Ray.
Promoting, achieving and maintaining sustainable mountain bike trail networks in the North East of Scotland. Formed in 2018, with significant support from the local community the ATA has a long term vision to increase the quality and sustainability of the region’s mountain bike trail network by deploying proactive maintenance measures, through landowner liaison. Winner for the second year in a row!
They pride Themselves on being an inclusive club, they have children with many conditions that they work to support in order for them to feel included. They also are actively working to increase the number of girls in the club. They have a dedicated girls group for those that need social and emotional support which allows them to learn and support each other to try new things and feel empowered. They also have a female lead coach and a female chairperson. Been a great year for the good folks at Tay Titans and are deserving winners.
Taking the Award for the second year in a row, this female focussed MTB event continues to grow from strength to strength!
Award picked up by Andrew Donaldson, Comrie Croft. Where Charlie grew up riding!
Huge thanks to Craig McArthur from Postfender / Tornadodesignscot for designing and making this year's awards. He did a sterling job creating last year's awards linking to the them and venue and we think he played a blinder this year too - Cheers Craig!
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