Sunday, 8 July 2018

Dougie signs up for the Strathpuffer 24 hour race in January 2019

Dougie was out with me today in sweltering (for Scotland) heat, it’s going to be a whole lot different in January in the far north of Scotland!


The horses did their best to give encouragement!

The Pentlands midweek, about as far removed from mid winter as possible 

And finally, Rebus enjoying a paddle in the River Tweed, only a paddle mind you, he’s not brave enough to try anything more daring!

Dougie told me through the week that he was considering entering the Strathpuffer 24 hour race solo category and true to his word he sent text later that night to confirm, in a moment of maybe misplaced loyalty I’ve offered to be his pit crew, the training for the rider and the backroom staff starts now!

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Riding the bike,walking the dog or watching the World Cup?

Biking through the day just now means staying in the shade as much as possible!

Who could say no to walking this little chap who’s presently on holiday with us as his owner, Barrie, seeks warmer weather in Crete, he’d have got it as warm staying at home!

And then there’s the World Cup, on nearly every day and almost hypnotic in its attraction of willing the underdogs on against the favourites, heaven help some of the footballers if they went over the bars, the fuss and writhing about they do if someone so much as looks at them the wrong way!

Friday, 8 June 2018

A cover up job....I should have been a plastic surgeon!

This is the result of a sharp right hand corner stall resulting in a fall into an extremely prickly gorse bush. I lay in it for about 30 seconds trying to extricate myself with the least damage possible! It's actually not as bad as it looks but my other half would have gone scatty if she'd seen it like that so special measures were called for...... 

Special measures consist of first of all a little super glue spread over the lacerations to stop the bleeding, once that's set a tube of good old Max Factor which I keep handily tucked away in a drawer is called into action to finish the cover up job!

With the addition of a plaster to get the sympathy vote the job is done, I should have been a make up artist.....or maybe it's a con artist!

The weather's looking good for tomorrow' trip up the Pentlands, it was to have been Glentress but there's a race on there this weekend so it'll be too busy for mere mortals like us.

Saturday, 2 June 2018

A wee project I’ve been working on......

More or less finished, this Marin Attack Trail which a friends son had acquired with a few parts missing, in its day it would be “cutting edge”, nowadays it seems to weigh a ton! But still in its own way, quite a nice looking bike 

Monday, 28 May 2018

After a winter that wouldn't go away, even our ankles are getting sunburnt now.....

Last Tuesday out with Mark who's still recovering from a big shoulder operation so we kept it easy, don't want any set backs now!

Roger on Wednesday night and he discovered the grassy climb to Hare Hill summit isn't easy into a head wind

Roger enjoyed the cool down doing the water crossing which is down to a dribble now

Saturday morning and Dougie had lined up a big Pentlands ride for himself Barrie and me, Barrie tried to hide in the oil seed rape for a rest!

Bank Holiday Monday and Barrie and i were back down at Glentress bright and early before the sun was too high for one of the best rides I've ever enjoyed there, everything was perfect, the weather, the trails we did and the bikes went like a dream!

The weather gods are certainly making up for the horrendous spring we had and the trails everywhere are unbelievably dry, I'm going down stuff I thought was way too steep and hard for me, and probably will be once the rain returns!!

Saturday, 19 May 2018

How to celebrate a royal wedding......visit Glentress on a sunny warm dry day!!

The camera's carefully(?) positioned and catches first of all Barrie and then me.

The start of Red Peril a trail we've never done before, steep and twisty it brought us out near the bottom of Deliverance, meaning there was a long climb back up to the mast again!

Barrie finishing Broon Troot and not a happy bunny as he'd gone for a fast time in ideal conditions but overshot a corner and reckoned he lost over 20 seconds
On Wednesday night Roger and I puffed our way up the long climb to the top of Black Hill, the first time up there this year.
A week of great weather and good biking, a first trip of the year up Black Hill in the Pentlands and then a Saturday morning visit to Glentress to escape Royal Wedding fever, new trails ridden in perfect conditions.


Tuesday, 8 May 2018

More fun at Glentress

The sign on the road said "slow", was this an indication of my ascending ability yesterday?

Barrie "showing off" his skinny log riding skills, annoyingly he didn't fall off!

The snow will still be there for a week or two yet but it looks like it could do with a bit of spit and polish.

Barrie's jump looked better than mine so to avoid embarrassment I wont show my one!

And finally...Madeleine my next door neighbour got her self a gravel bike and I had a pedal in her back garden to convince myself drop handle bars were not for me.

Another May holiday trip to Glentress for Barrie and me with Barrie excelling himself with his bike handling skills on some of the enduro sections, especially as his bike isn't really enduro specific.

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Back to Glentress

Glentress on a sunny dry day takes a bit of beating 

Time for an energy replenishing banana after a bit of hard climbing

Down Deliverance, first time for more than 5 years

A visit to Glentress today and a trip round the Black Route which we haven’t done for a few years, I’d forgotten how hard the climb back up Redemption was, especially when you can’t use your lowest gear! A great day with over3500 feet of hard climbing.