On yer bike to Whitelee

Whitelee Windfarm.
Whitelee Windfarm.

AN EXCITING, new adventure will soon arrive in East Renfrewshire as construction begins on a network of bespoke mountain bike trails at Whitelee Windfarm.

The new development — which lies just 10 miles south of Glasgow, near Eaglesham — will add to the network of tracks across the 215 turbine site, already a popular with cyclists.

The courses have been designed by Architrail — the Bristol-based company responsible for the Beijing Olympics and Glasgow Commonwealth mountain bike courses — and the project is being lead by East Renfrewshire council on behalf of Whitelee Access Project partners.

The courses are set within a borrow pit — when soil or sand is moved from one site to another — which was created when Whitelee windfarm was constructed and will be 500 metres from Whitelee Visitors Centre.

ERC’s environment convener, councillor Vincent Waters, said: “I am delighted the contractors are now on site.

“This is a very exciting addition to Whitelee Windfarm’s facilities and will attract mountain bike enthusiasts, not just from Glasgow and the west of Scotland, but from all over the country.

“I have been told that some cyclists travel three hours each way to similar mountain bike facilities and having this unique location within the country’s biggest on shore windfarm is bound to lure people to Whitelee.”

When it’s up and running, it is thought the facility will bring a wide range of users, from beginners to more experienced riders.

With the addition of a pump track and skills area, the trails will promote skill development among younger or less experienced riders.