Hutch Gets Us Up to Speed on the Gravitate North East Project.

At the end of 2018 Gravitate North East unveiled plans for the multi-million pound adventure and mountain bike centre.

Gravitate North East, formerly North East Trail Centre Organisation (NETCO), re-branded and shared their ambitious plans for developing the Durris Woodland on the South side of the River Dee.

Team Wideopenmag’s Chris Hutchens gets us up to speed with where we’re at.

How does miles of trails serviced by a chairlift sound? Pretty good right.

What better way to find out where the project and developments in the NE are than have our team rider Chris Hutchens get an update directly from the horses mouth.

It’s always exciting for me heading back to Aberdeen. I’ve spent a 6th of my life living there and have some amazing roots in the area. After the rebranding of NETCO to Gravitate and their exciting plans unveiled I wanted to find out more and understand how you can get behind the project.

The area also saw the Develop Mountain Biking in Scotland (DMBinS) Regional Development Officer role being filled by Will Clark and the formation of the Aberdeenshire Trail Association (ATA). This was amongst a flurry of other exciting businesses and trail developments across Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen over the last few years. There’s clearly a lot going on and it was about time I heard more.

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For me Gravitate North East is a charity I’ve continued to support after stepping down from the board in 2017 following a few years as Vice Chairman (NETCO) and co-founder of the organisation. While I’ve kept in the loop over the years I wanted to sit down with Gravitate and some of the key people in the area to ask them more and understand where the projects were and how riders can support the developments.

You can find out more about Gravitate North East on through their website and one easy way to support them is to sign up to Amazon Smile.

If you’re looking for support in your area with a project or business then DMBinS is a great place to start.

And after some superb trails at Pitfichie this past weekend it was great to hear how volunteers can get involved. Check out Aberdeenshire Trail Organisation for up and coming dig days and more. Including the link to their trail karma donation page.

There will be some merchandise up for grabs soon. Just keep an eye on Chris Hutchens’ Instagram page.


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