Monday, 27 April 2015

Summer, Winter, which is it?

The summit of Allermuir and the temperature is -4 C, is it any wonder we don't look too happy?!

The sun hasn't reached this bit yet and the frost is still thick on the ground.

Clive had a puncture but at least he picked a spot where the sun had reached!

Last stop of the morning and at least it's in the sun and sheltered from the wind.

Last week we sweated in the sun and nearly threw our winter togs back to the bottom of the drawer but what a change over the week-end with temperatures dropping to below freezing. The trails are still in great condition though even if there was a little rain. Sunday mornings trek took us up to the top of Allermuir via Boghall which is guaranteed to get you sweating whatever the weather! A great morning's biking and here's hoping the trails stay like this for the rest of the summer,( whenever that's happening!) 

Monday, 20 April 2015

A weekend near perfect weather, surprisingly!

The three desperados, after the hard climb up the road from Loch Etive! 

Riding along a fire road high up in Barcaldine Forest

Baz admires the view from the Eagles Eyrie (while Mark does a bit of texting on his iPhone!)

A picture worthy of the front cover of a mountain bike magazine! Mark followed by Baz gets up to speed on the descent to Benderloch village.

A few days spent up just north of Oban in weather that was, for Scotland, pretty unbelievable!! Not a cloud in a deep blue sky, this doesn't happen often but when it does there's nowhere better for a bit of mountain biking!

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Short video of descent in the Pentland Hills

Taken last Saturday 4th April 2015

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Hike-a-biking along the Pentland Skyline

My garage-workshop-bike store in its usual chaotic state when we left on Saturday at 3pm!

A quick stop for some refreshment, the hardest bit of the ride was still to come.

The top of West Kip and the view as usual is breathtaking, even better on a good day like Saturday!

Its the top of East Kip now and an equally steep descent then the climb to Scald Law in the distance.

The summit of Carnethy Hill with its many rocks.

An afternoon/early evening ride on Saturday and with the weather turning warmer we decided on an assault on the Pentland Skyline. The ground had dried out a lot even since mid-week and the descent were as usual fast and furious.The hike-a-biking wasn't too bad as the temperature never really rose too high.Quite a fair bit of video footage between Clive and myself, I'll try and post some up mid week. 27 hard miles in total and I dreamt non stop of the descents at night!