It’s the No Fuss Events Dunoon Camp Enduro this weekend, with two days of mountain bike coaching and racing in Bishop’s Glen, a stunning forested area on Dunoon’s doorstep. Some of the country’s best coaches, including Dirt Vixens and British Downhill Champion and mountain bike legend Ben Cathro of Sick Skills, will be helping people hone their skills for Sunday’s race.
Spook Munro of No Fuss Events is totally sold on Dunoon, saying; ‘This is a completely undiscovered area for mountain biking in Scotland and it’s a gem. Fantastic forests, great trails, amazing scenery and no crowds. This weekend’s Camp Enduro is going to be a LOT of fun. Massive thanks to the guys from the Cowal Mountain Bike Club who’ve built the trails and made this weekend possible.’
Here’s a guest post from Doug Fletcher, a member of the Cowal Mountain Bike Club, about riding in the area.
‘Seven years ago I came to Blairmore for a family holiday and fell in love with the Cowal Peninsula. Living, working and cycling in the south of England had forced me to accept that road cycling was hazardous for health and off-road riding was restricted by land owners, laws and regulations. Articles in magazines argued over the damage done to walkers’ paths by idiots on bikes. I felt unloved. Having spent time in the deserts of Oman, I had come to relish the complete freedom of riding off road. Largely because there weren’t any. Roads I mean.
The answer was obvious. Move to Scotland! House: sold. Job: resigned. Six months later and we’d moved to Cowal. As a lover of wild places it wasn’t difficult to find kindred spirits and the adventure began. The freedom to ride was simply amazing. Virtually traffic-free roads and forestry trails in abundance. Joining the local mountain bike club took the whole experience to another level. New bike, new skills and importantly new friends. Since then the sport has gone from strength to strength locally. Folk began to compete. To ride longer routes. To build new trails. To share new experiences.
For a long time I lived in fear that the secret would get out and we would be invaded by others eager to share this off-road heaven. Off course, I soon realised that there was room for all. People have recognised the potential of this remote and beautiful area sitting within two hours of Glasgow; an area keen to provide hotels and hostelries, camp and caravan parks and that welcome that only the Scots can offer.
Seven years on and we’ve hosted three outstanding events and this weekend will see the Cowal’s first Camp Enduro and Race. OK – I give in. The secret is well and truly out! Scotland has some of the best mountain biking areas on the planet. Dunoon can now take its place as one of the premier places to do what we all love best – riding our bikes on wonderful trails. Come join us. You will be welcome.
Find out more about Dunoon Camp Enduro and sign up online. If you can’t make the coaching on Saturday you can still enter the race on Sunday.