Ben Cathro, ex-pro downhill racer and now full-time skills coach for his company, Sick Skills, was introduced to the MTB trails of Dunoon when he coached at the recent Camp Enduro. In this blog post he explains why he thinks Dunoon offers great riding and looks forward to the POC Scottish Enduro Series Round 5.
Camp Enduro at Dunoon was an unknown for me. I had never ridden the trails in the area and I had no idea on the level of riders we would be working with. I was a tad nervous about how it would all come together but the nerves were unwarranted as the trails were excellent and the riders loved the format.
There was a good mix of different riding with open hillside, natural and technical single-track with some interesting features thrown in. The trails are far more natural than a lot of venues which gives the area it’s own unique character. There are options for beginners, but the trails definitely suit the intermediate to advanced riders with some technical descents that really challenge the skills.
The proximity of the trails to the town are also a bonus as you can park up in town and five minutes later you can be spinning up into the forest. I look forward to running some Sick Skills coaching sessions on the trails in the future.
I’m really excited for the POC Scottish Enduro Series round in Dunoon next year as I think it’ll be a great challenge for all riders and provide some close, hard-fought racing. I’ve got the date in the diary and I’m looking forward to it.
The POC Scottish Enduro Series Round 5 takes place in Dunoon on 10th and 11th September 2016.