Ar­ran High School Moun­tain Bike Club

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The Ar­ran High School Moun­tain Bike Club was es­tab­lished in Oc­to­ber 2014 and has rapidly in­creased in pop­u­lar­ity. What started out as a cy­cling group to en­cour­age healthy out­door pur­suits has blos­somed into a bur­geon­ing club which op­er­ates from its own in­cred­i­bly well stocked work­shop which has not only of­fered cy­cling pro­fi­ciency lessons to pri­mary schools in the area, but through their me­chanic qual­i­fi­ca­tion cour­ses, have of­fered free bi­cy­cle MOTs to school chil­dren and the pub­lic at their open days. In ad­di­tion to this, mem­bers of the group are given the op­por­tu­nity to visit cy­cling camps held through­out the coun­try and the group have also es­tab­lished a pub­lic bike re­pair sta­tion at the high school where pass­ing cy­clists can use the equip­ment to per­form mi­nor re­pairs and main­te­nance on their bi­cy­cles. Don­ald Currie, from Shisk­ine says he is en­joy­ing the club a lot. ‘Be­ing a mem­ber of AHSMTBC has im­proved my fit­ness as well as teach­ing me a lot about bike main­te­nance. I can now fix a lot of prob­lems my­self’. Don­ald went on to say that his skill lev­els have im­proved and that has en­cour­aged him to go out by him­self, in his spare time. Dun­can Coyne, a se­nior mem­ber of the club, en­joys the trips to main­land venues most. Glen Tress, one of the Seven Stanes trails is one of his favourites but he still en­joyed Glen Livet, Ne­vis Range, Com­rie, Lag­gan­lia and Wolf Trax. Dun­can also says his fit­ness and bike skills have im­proved a lot. El­lie Bon­ner said that the club had helped with her con­fi­dence, both on a moun­tain bike and as part of a team. She said that the or­gan­ised trips to main­land venues was great as she got to go with her friends and meet other peo­ple as well. She said: ‘I would never have thought to do moun­tain bik­ing be­fore but I am so pleased to be part of it, now I have tried off road’.

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