Saturday, 6 July 2013
A Visit to Highland Cycle Ability Centre
I'd heard about a newly opened cycle track not far from Dalcross.
I headed out of Inverness on the B9006 through Culloden Moor.
This photo shows the crossroads about a mile before Croy.
I turned off down the Brae of Cantray.
The route to the track was narrow and winding but well sign-posted.
I soon arrived at the Highland Cycle Ability Centre.
The Highland Cycle Ability Centre is situated near Croy
(actually Cantray) about 10 miles East of Inverness.
Visit the website for directions:
It can also be followed on twitter as Highland Cycle Track at
There are a few formalities before being allowed onto the track.
This is to ensure the enjoyment and safety for everybody using the track.
A fully qualified instructor is on hand to check that bicycles are in good order.
Bicycles can be hired but it's likely most riders will bring their own.
A quick briefing on track etiquette and they're ready to get started.
An electronic tag can be fitted near the ankle or to the bicycle frame.
The track itself has a smooth surface over an accurately measured 1 km loop.
It starts with a level straight. followed by a sustained 3% uphill gradient.
The middle downhill section has a number of interesting turns.
Electronic equipment on the home straight senses the tag to record personal lap times.
The track is wide enough for a group of about six.
Alternatively, riders can opt for staggered starts
to ride individually around the track.
Today everybody had a good time. But who had the best time? That wasn't the point.
They all had a personal best - one that they would work to improve on their next visit.
Your comments are welcome.
Posted by Zen Biker Maniac at 00:48