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.


Giles said...

Great to see you there Brian!

If any readers are looking to give it a go, we are holding more open sessions on the following dates and times:
Saturday 13th July (11am-5pm)
Sunday 14th July (12am-5pm)
Tuesday 16th July (2pm-7pm)
Saturday 27th July (11am-5pm)
Sunday 28th July (12pm-5pm)
All totally free!

Track co-ordinator

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