Sunday, 24 July 2016

When a roadie struggles on a bit of singletrack downhill off road , if that makes sense....


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Baz's mate, Les was  over from Northern Ireland for a retiral do and was staying with Baz over the weekend, so as Les is a very fit lad having done a few marathons and triathlons he was naturally more or less told he was to accompany us on a trip up the Pentlands! Now Les has never really done any mountain biking before being content to amuse himself with road biking, which in our opinion is a bit boring, so he was fitted out on one of my bikes and off to the hills we set. He stalled a bit at the very first slightly steep little bits of track before we were even anywhere near anything major, so already doubts were forming in my mind about the conditions he would be facing later on and how he would handle them. Much to his credit his uphill biking was strong save for one particularly steep grassy stretch where he performed a 180 degree turn and started going downhill again! We reached the summit in reasonable time and set off along for the descent, the video shows the difference between cycling on a wide stretch of tarmac and biking along a thin sheep track through heather! No people, animals or bikes were injured in the fun and games that followed, but our sides did ache from the laughter. By the way there were more fall offs than the one above.....

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