Mountain Biking in the Scottish Borders – Ruaridh’s Story

Mountain Biking in the Scottish Borders – Ruaridh’s Story


Growing up in the countryside, I kind of took
to mountain biking quite naturally really. We used to just climb trees, ride our bikes
round the hills and we just had a freedom to roam. I was very fortunate to take up mountain
biking when Glentress and the Seven Stanes were really taking off. So at a young age,
I had fresh modern trails to ride which really was the stepping stone for my career. The
variety we have, it caters for everyone. You know, you see little kids out on the trails,
and quite often coach the next generation. The Scottish borders of Glentress, Innerliethen,
it’s become a well-known destination around the world to come and ride your bike. We’re
only an hour south of Edinburgh. We’ve got the new Borders railway. It takes people right
from the centre into the heart of the borders. It’s all very accessible and something for
everybody. My earliest memories of riding were putting on a set of overalls and welly
boots and basically riding round in the biggest puddle I could find outside my house. As a
kid I’d have never have dreamed I’d achieve what I have now, and here we are, 20 years
later, and I’m doing it for a living. When I’m out on the bike, really it’s just
freedom; any thoughts or anything that was stressing me out is just gone. You know, it’s
just me and the trail in front of me. I can just switch off and relax and it’s almost
my escape.