Local Heroes: No 1 Iain Grant
Tell us how you’ve contributed to the success of biking in the Tweed Valley (don’t be modest!) – Back in 93 + 94 I organised the first mountain bike cross country races and held them at The Golf course at Innerleithen which were also the East Of Scotland Mountain Bike Champs. – Also co organised the first Downhill Race at Innerleithen with my friend Tom Ferguson who then had the shop Probikesport. – Designed and got funding with my friend Grant Martin to build the Skills Area up at Glentress. – Also in early 90’s organised for five years The Tour Of The Meldons Mountain TT which was also East Of Scotland Time Trial Champs. – Helped run PCC Club for the last ten years and help organising all their many events. – Help out at Scottish Cycling talent weekends, mainly at Innerleithen and Glentress.
What do you enjoy most about biking? I enjoy the freedom of biking and a great thing to do with your family and friends.
What’s your favourite local ride? Gypsy Glen every time.
What would you say to encourage others to come and ride here? I would tell people to ride here because of the beautiful scenery and the great variety of trail riding and natural riding. But mainly because everywhere is very welcoming and the weather always amazing.
How do you see the future of cycling in the Tweed Valley? I see the future of the tweed valley flourishing with the sheer diversity of the trails and the fantastic work done by local cycling clubs and of course The Tweedlove Festival.