Comrie Croft, a community owned eco farm in Perthshire, has been crowned the 2016 UK Trail and Bike Park of the Year as decided by the UK mountain biking public. Comrie Croft takes the title from last year’s winner, BikePark Wales, who came second this year. Mountain biking is a fast growing sport worth £119 million per year to the Scottish economy.
The 2016 Top Ten UK Trails and Bike Parks, a ranking driven by around 2,000 detailed reviews and ratings on the iBikeride website, placed Comrie Croft in first place with a 4.89 rating. The previous 2015 winners, BikePark Wales were ranked second with 4.80, followed by Farmer Johns MTB Park, England in third place with a 4.77 rating.
iBikeride founder, Daniel Mintz said:
“In analysing the sentiment expressed in the review comments it is clear that those trails and bike parks that combine a constant development of new trails, focus on variety, have a good selection of technical trail features that allow for progression for all ability levels, retain a natural feel and have a strong ‘community vibe’ are what riders are basing their experiences and so their ratings on. In addition we are seeing new criteria not seen in previous years comments such as mentions of being efficiently run, value for money and being family and kid friendly… we are fortunate that so many of our trails in the UK have real scale and are brilliant a trail centre that is not massive, yet is perfectly formed and most of all has a vibrant community beating at it’s centre, can still score high and win the hearts and minds of UK riders.”
Colin McPhail, owner-manager (and resident bike fanatic) at Comrie Croft said:
“Amazing! We are truly honoured and humbled that so many riders have enjoyed our trails and given us such glowing feedback! We wouldn’t be where we are without the dedication and hard work of our team, all of the fantastic volunteers who have helped build and maintain the trails and to trail designer and builder Richie Allsop. And of course thank you everyone who comes and rides here, enjoying the fruits of our labours.”