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In the 14th and 15th century nearby Dumfries was demolished several times in conflicts. Once rebuilt it had the misfortune to be destroyed by fire. Luckily they had a good bike track outside the town at Ae, despite the bike not being invented until 1817. (Full sus came later).
The track at Ae has developed since it was first raced in 1999 and now has a number of alternative routes to allow variation to the track. Down from the start a long rough off camber traverse challenges early, get it wrong and all hopes of the podium have gone. As the track hits the tree line your into tight single track with ruts ready to propel you over the bars.
Hit some big fast berms, over the tabletop and follow the tape dropping down onto the fire road. Take a deep breath an its straight into a brutal rock garden and then the second tree line and tricky single track challenges for those that like the roots, across the coffin jump to the top of the finish embankment, traverse or show boat the elevator to the finish arena and pits area. It’s easy!
Dumfries and Galloway
Dumfries. For further information call the National Rail Enquiry Service on 0845 748 4950
Using SatNav or GPS?
Use postcode DG1 1QB reach Ae forest, then follow signs for the trail head.
From Stranraer & Dumfries to Ae Village
Take the A75 east to Dumfries, then join the A701 towards Moffat and the A74(M). After about 10km, look for signs to Ae village.
From Glasgow to Ae Village
Follow the M74 south to junction 15 (Beattock) and join the A701 towards Dumfries. After 19km look for the second turn off for Ae village on the right.
From Edinburgh to Ae Village
Follow the A702 south through Biggar to join the M74 at junction 13 (Abington) and then continue on to junction 15 (Beattock) and turn off onto the A701 towards Dumfries. After 19km look for the second turn off for Ae village on the right.
From Carlisle to Ae Village
Follow the A74 north. There are options at Gretna to take the A75 to Dumfries and then on to the A701, however, continuing north to junction 16 (Annandale Water services) of the A74(M) then heading via Johnstonebridge and minor roads to join the A701 at St Ann’s is slightly shorter. At St Ann’s, turn left onto the A701 towards Dumfries and continue for 9.5km to the second turn off for Ae village.
From fast berms to flat, open corners; tabletop jumps to a road gap; rocky straights through tight trees to off camber sections, The track really gives you a taste of everything that is downhill, be wary of the final step down in to the final part of the course that sorts the men from the boys.
There are showers at the AE Café some 500 meters from the race field and will be open when the cafe is open. Please keep them as clean and tidy as possible, tokens can be purchased from the Cafe.
Camping is permitted at AE Forest, around the area of the finish line. Please do not park or camp in the Forrestry Commission buildings opposite the Café.
Dumfries Police Station
Dumfries Galloway Royal Infirmary