Riding Mastermind

https://youtu.be/-glMJpliqV4 A destination trail, a single ribbon of singletrack sublime enough to make any amount of journey time worth while. Mastermind and the Ridge are to be found on opposite sides of the Dee next to Ballater. The Ridge is a long rugged natural trail that goes steep once it re-enters the treeline. Mastermind however,…Read more Riding Mastermind

Lochnagar

“Eye and foot acquire in rough walking a co-ordination that makes one distinctly aware of where the next step is to fall, even while watching sky and land.” Whilst I was grateful for how true this was, I was also acutely aware that this would be a mighty foul place to twist or break an…Read more Lochnagar

Death of a Trail

Land-use, a polorizing and often controversial topic of conversation. One person can look at a hillside and see the epitome of rugged, up touched natural landscape. Another will look the same slope and see a burnt, over exploited desert, perpetuated for one exclusive activity at the expense of all other. Some will just see heather.…Read more Death of a Trail

Fungle Road

Heading south from the Fungle singletrack is the Fungle Road itself. The old drovers road connects Deeside in the north with Tarfside in the south and is usually part of a larger loop. I have a favourite section, from Birse Castle up to the edge of the estate. It is a real leg burner of…Read more Fungle Road

2016 – What a Year

2016, what a year, memorable, for all the wrong reasons, and some good ones too. A years worth of riding, starting with a frozen Aviemore and a flooded Aberdeenshire through to dust and sun (honest). It was a year of extremes and contrasts, political upheaval and tragic loss, but for all of it the riding…Read more 2016 – What a Year