As far as Mini Mountain Bikers, Ali and Cailean, are concerned, there’s nothing better than riding the trails at Nevis Range, the place where the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup hosts one of its annual events. With their sweeping corners, challenging drop-offs and technical rocky sections, there’s a trail here suitable for every level of rider…and every grade of bike. Not to mention that the views are spectacular too.
Riding the Trails at Nevis Range
Since the boys are still very young at 6 and 7 years old, they’re not allowed to ride the World Cup Downhill Course that starts at the top gondola station and ends when it reaches the main car park. It’s not exactly one they can sneak onto either since the only way to reach it is by gondola. In fact, the boys won’t get their first taste of a championship run like this until they turn 12 years old.
Technically, the only trails they’re allowed to ride are the Cat’s Eye and Blue Adder but they do sneak on to the Jump Lines trail when they think no one’s watching.
The hardest thing about riding downhill, is getting to the top of the hill in the first place. Nevis Range is no exception, and to make it to the start you’ll first need to pedal uphill for about 2km. The access to the start of the runs is part fire road and part forest trail, making it just about interesting enough to keep boredom at bay. Of course, you could always cheat and hop a ride with the uplift service, but bear in mind that with so many mountain bikers riding the trails at Nevis, you really need to book a seat in advance. (Plus, the uplift service doesn’t run every day).
Blue Adder Run, Nevis Range, Fort William Mountain Biking
The Blue Adder is one of the Nevis Range’s more forgiving trails, but it still offers more of a challenge than the easier Cat’s Eye trail. Effectively split into two segments, the top section is fast and flowing while the lower end boasts some interesting corners and fun, winding turns. It’s a great trail for intermediate riders who know how to stay on a bike but want the chance to learn new techniques.
Take a look at Cailean’s run down the Blue Adder here:
By comparison to the much tamer Blue Adder run, Jump Lines is a little more rad. It’s here that you can get a chance to clear table tops and experience drop offs, along with a staircase and rock section towards the bottom. If you find Blue Adder a little too easy but you’re not sure whether you’re ready for Jump Lines yet, don’t worry – all of the obstacles can either be rolled over or avoided!
Here’s Ali taking on the second part of the Jump Lines:
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