How do you get two teens into mountain biking? At the award-winning Comrie Croft near Perth, Kevin Rushby replaces well, with one of them
On the first night, sitting around the campfire, I start to get an idea why Comrie Croft mountain biking centre is a success. The clue is in the remote flash of other campfires flecked around an extensive birch woodland on a hillside above a hollow. There is a sense of space: the ardors are far enough away from one another to smother conference and laugh, but close enough for a neighbor to walk over with the offer of a tool to cut firewood, or plainly to chit-chat. It find wild but well-managed. A string of geese winging across the moon is the loudest noise, punctuated by the calls of owls and snipe. We have just arrived. We dont even have our bikes yet, but the magic has started.
Next morning, we fulfill Scott, our template and teacher. Im with two daughters, Maddy( 13 ), and a sidekicks son, Fred( 14 ). My mission is to convince these two teens that mountain biking is recreation and worth engage. Neither has done much of it before. Both are wary and I am fearful. Scott doesnt realise it, but what happens next could be decisive.