Tour De Ben Nevis 2017

No one is speaking anymore. We have all staggered out, finding our rhythm as we pick our way across the peat bog. We have climbed past the point of making banter and conversation with our fellow riders, now we all just want is to pass the cairn and make it down to the bothy. The…Read more Tour De Ben Nevis 2017

How to make a “Enduro” Kit Strap

Enduro racers love to strap spares to their bikes, why ride with a pack when you have duct tape? But that option as useful as it is, is both messy and is a, unrefined solution. Companies like Race Face and Back Country Research have solutions on the market that address this, simple effective velcro strap…Read more How to make a “Enduro” Kit Strap

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

Train in Vain

Returning to work is not without some advantages, There is an excellent on campus gym for a start. Back to work with a bump, sort of. I work at a university so returning to work after my paternity leave during the summer break meant I had a gentle reintroduction to the workplace. With no classes or…Read more Train in Vain

Comrie Cream O the Croft

Comrie Croft is a privately owned trail centre and campsite, with a focus on sustainability and serious green credentials, it is also the home of a surprisingly tough enduro. The Cream O' The Croft is a three day bike festival held over a weekend in June, the highlight being a 9 stage enduro race held…Read more Comrie Cream O the Croft

Progression – Chasing Form

Often when riding, I get the nagging feeling that even though I'm trying to progress my skills and become a smoother, faster rider. That last year, I was fitter and faster. Turning the cranks, trying to move forward, deliberately practicing skills and sessioning challenging trails, yet sometimes I feel like I'm just going backwards. Mostly…Read more Progression – Chasing Form

Strava, its Complicated

Strava I love you but your bringing me down. At first you understood, you were new and you were exciting but the longer you've been there the more complicated it has become. You made rides exciting and were a reason to explore and to try and better myself on the bike. You made it easy…Read more Strava, its Complicated

Tour De Ben Nevis – 2013

First time on the tour and the weather had been playing against us in the weeks and days leading up to the race, the day itself wasn't looking to hot either. Waiting for the rolling start to kick off I was wondering if my decision to stick with my XC rubber and to not go…Read more Tour De Ben Nevis – 2013