Monday, 20 August 2012

Beaten by soggy ground from the previous day's downpour

The bikes having a short break at the top of Minch Moor.

The riders having a short break for sandwiches high in the hills above Peebles!!

The fantastic descent to Peebles.

Checking the Garmins at the end of the ride.

The attempt on the Innerleithen-Glentress loop ended in glorious(?) failure on Saturday morning as we cut short the route at Peebles and came back by the back road from Peebles to Innerleithen. The initial climbing to the top of Minch Moor was good as its all on hard singletrack, but after we'd descended to Traquair and left the back road we hit the soft grassy climb and greasy ruts that drained the legs, at least they did mine!! There had obviously been a lot more rain on Friday down there than up in Edinburgh and the climbing was brutal in the soft wet conditions. On the bright side the descent to Peebles down through Gypsy Glen was tremendous though a bit hairy at times on the greasy ground. We got back to the car Park at Innerleithen after about 4.5 hours and to say I was knackered is putting it mildly! However I was out on Sunday and managed to rack up over 40 miles so my recovery aint too bad.....  

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