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

Fungle Road Infection

A evenings ride towards the end of summer, some final days of late northern light to play in, but be sure to be home before the street lights are on. With the wee man settled and the chores done there was still enough light for a stolen hours or so of riding, yearning for some wilder…Read more Fungle Road Infection

Mount Battock

Standing silently behind Clachnaben, Mount Battock looks a innocuous little peak behind its more popular sibling. Not one to be underestimated, it is nearly 200m higher than Clachers and enjoys unbroken views in all directions. Sometimes, all you need is a proper hardtail hoof, a stiff climb and to go 40-50km on the way back…Read more Mount Battock

Clachnaben

An iconic Aberdeenshire hill with a wild and punishing descent, a loop of Clachnaben is nothing short of a mini epic. We all love wild natural rides, big days on big hills with big distances. But sometimes you want the feeling of remote riding and the challenge of truly rugged terrain, but only have a…Read more Clachnaben

Mount Keen & the Fungle

Mount Keen is a good day on the bikes, doubly so when taken with the Fungle road. The loop is a long shift taking in everything from some superb singletrack through to long tough climbs and fast fire road descents. Its has been a tradition for me to do the loop at least once a…Read more Mount Keen & the Fungle

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