R.I.P. The Hub
Sadly on the 27th November 2011 the legendary Hub Cafe at Glentress shut it’s doors for the last time. The bike shop and hire center closed it’s doors a few weeks before hand which really brought it home to me that this was actually happening – sad times indeed, seems only yesterday when all the tendering debacle hit the headlines. After 10 years of trading Emma and Tracy put Glentress on the map with their friendly down to earth no nonsense service which was second to none, yeah Emma and Tracy lost out on the tender for the new sterile faceless Peel center that was built, and no doubt it’ll be the place where people will go for a bite to eat and a drink. New unknown people running a cafe that haven’t even cycled down the shops rather than round the red and down spooky woods, does that matter? Not sure it does but one thing for sure the food won’t be the same quality or the coffee for that matter. I’ve no reason to use the bike shop but that’s not a bitch at the new Alpine Bike shop just that I’ve always worked on my own bike and no need for them.
I was up on the last day for a ride and the usual pit stop for coffee and cake, bit different today as there was a cue out the door all day which was awesome to see. The support and love for The Hub cafe people have is earned by the service you give to the people and that service is no longer there which is really sad. I caught up with Emma and Tracy who wanted to say a few words, so I’ll stop waffling and leave the last words to them.
“Looking back at the last 10 years of The Hub, Tracy and I are proud of what we have achieved and feel privileged to have met so many cool and friendly folk. The Hub has literally been our life for the last decade and we can’t but look back and smile at all the good times and laughs we’ve had.
We had a vision and a passion for mountain biking and the Tweed Valley when we first started out all those years ago and we were confident about what the Valley could become but what has surprised us is the good friends we have made and the support from so many people for us.
Its not always been easy and we’ve had to work really hard to convince some people of what could be possible, and sometimes we’ve had to fight to what at times has felt like standing still, but the warmth and support has always shone through and now we have closed its the good times and the good people that stick out.
We are looking forward to a bit of time off and chilling out, riding our bikes, and catching up with new and old friends and our families. After that we’ll see what happens- and as long as our wingman Teeny comes back from Whistler then I’m sure you’ll see us somewhere else”.
Emma and Tracy
Here’s a few snaps of the last few months..