WCyclone Bike Track
Join us Tues 7th – Thurs 9th May for PHASE 2 (the Technical Route in the woods!) of the creation of a new local resource – a Mountain Bike Track called Cyclone
Last year we had an enormously successful first 2 days volunteering (for which we gratefully acknowledge the enormous support of Edinburgh Council, Scottish Gas Networks and State Street – who provided in total over 75 volunteers as well as heeps of hardcore and food!)
In May we begin work on the exciting ‘wooded’ area and will transfer it into a fantastic interwoven technical bike track. Join us and help build it. 9 am each day.
Food and hot drinks will be supplied.
For more information contact:
What is Cyclone?
Peter Airlie - MYDG staffmember, MY Adventure and long term volunteer in the Muirhouse Community has negotiated the lease from Edinburgh City Council of a fantastic piece of land at Gypsy Brae that, thanks to Starbucks, State Street volunteers and Scottish Gas Networks (SGN) volunteers is, or at least part of the land, is being turned into a Bike Track called ‘Cyclone’.
What do you mean by a bike track?
By ’Bike Track’ in this case we mean a short circuit (which may be added to later) for children, families and adults to practice their mountain biking and downhill skills. The circuit will be a short one way narrow path with some small purpose built bumps, humps and tight bends as well as 1 or 2 larger jumps for the more daring. Members of the public will be able to use the track all year at their own risk but MYDG & MY adventure will run regular training sessions to learn and develop your mountain bike skills.
Where is it?
Gypsy Brae is a stretch of land on the North Shore of Edinburgh, Granton, slightly West of the West Shore Industrial Estate – the land is tucked behind Craigroyston House, accessed by the corner of West Shore Road see map below:
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Whats happening on the 7th May?
We will begin clearing any litter, marking out the route for the shortest loop. Then we’ll dig the foundations, trim low branches and pour in some hardcore and Wind stone as required (all by hand so we need as many volunteers as possible)
Let us know you’re coming by texting 077794 467 351 or email email@example.com and he’ll make sure we have enough food and refreshments for you.
Many thanks to Starbucks, State Street volunteers and Scottish Gas Network volunteers and Edinburgh City Council for making this fantastic community project possible.
From the evening news 24.09.12:
Mountain bike track tipped to create Muirhouse sporting legacy
A NEW mountain bike track being built in Muirhouse will make a “lasting contribution” to the sport in North Edinburgh, supporters have claimed.
The circuit, to be sited at Gypsy Brae recreation ground, was given the green light following a Dragons’ Den-style pitch by community activist Peter Airlie to a panel of investors including representatives from coffee shop chain Starbucks, Edinburgh City Council and other businesses.
In addition to a £2000 investment, the pitch secured support in kind for the new sports facility, including a 50-strong workforce taken from State Street Bank and Scottish Gas
Networks, who will roll up their sleeves and join a community bid to install the track over two days.
The council also pledged to donate 40 tonnes of hardcore material which will form the terrain for the family friendly circuit, while the whole plot is being rented for just £1 a year. Organisers intend to construct a more technically advanced course in the future.
It is hoped that the new Cyclone Mountain Bike Track, launched by Muirhouse Youth Development Group (MYDG), will encourage more people to take up physical activity in one of the most socially deprived areas of Edinburgh.
Speaking about his bid for funding, key organiser Peter Airlie said: “I had to walk into a room with about ten people and do a pitch in front of them.
I’m quite happy to talk normally but I’d been expecting about two
people from Starbucks so it was quite nerve-wracking, but everyone seemed to like the project so I didn’t really need to talk them into it.”
Mr Airlie explained that many local youngsters had expressed a desire to try their hand at mountain biking but a lack of facilities prompted him to investigate setting up a community course in
“We do the cycling proficiency and one of the big things we always get is, ‘Where can we go mountain biking?’” he said. “But that’s Glentress, and it’s an hour-and-a-half away so the idea was to bring a mini-Glentress to the city so they can cycle straight from their door.
“It’s off-road so it will keep them healthy and out of trouble because the track is in the middle of nowhere where there’s nothing to do. It will give them a chance to go somewhere without being in danger.”
Jonny Kinross, social enterprise manager of MY Adventure – the commercial arm of MYDG – said: “Peter Airlie’s Cyclone Bike Track project is radical and creative and probably the envy of many a politician and strategist, having successfully got together council, community projects and big business at a national and local level to make a lasting contribution to mountain biking and cycling in North Edinburgh.
“This will raise the profile of the community across Edinburgh and create something the whole city will benefit from.”