Plans for new mountain bike park in Scotland

By James Costley-White | Monday, November 16, 2009 1.00pm

The new owners of Glencoe ski centre in Scotland have announced plans to turn the resort into a mountain bike park in the summer months.

Falkirk businessman Andy Meldrum, who heads the consortium of winter sports enthusiasts who have bought the beleaguered centre, told news website STV: "A big part of the plan [to turn around the centre's fortunes] is based around downhill mountain biking, which is growing very fast at the moment.

"We are planning to put in some extra trails, we are planning to hire [out] mountain bikes from the centre, we are also planning to put an adventure playground in so that we can attract more young people to the area."

Glencoe already has one black-rated downhill track. Mr Meldrum told the BBC he hoped to add a number of "more user-friendly" trails aimed at families and people who "aren't quite as mad to go down the very, very steep black run".

Glencoe Mountain Resort is Scotland's oldest ski centre but it has struggled in recent years due to poor snowfall and financial problems. The business went into receivership in 2004 and in 2007 was only saved from liquidation by a management buyout.

The new owners, who brought the centre from Glasgow businessman David Campbell earlier this year, have rehired several staff and plan to install snow-making machines to lure back skiers.

They are hoping to emulate the success of the Nevis Range near Fort William, which has a range of cross-country and downhill mountain bike tracks, and regularly hosts World Cup races.

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