Ciaran Path

Top of Devil’s Staircase-ascent

Just 30mins climbing  got Dave and I to the top of the Devil’s Staircase followed by the descent down to the land rover track where we met up with 3 riders. It turned out they were doing the Westie they lost their fourth rider on the jump off the bridge heading towards Rowardennan. Turns out the had ridden with Doug McDonald in Basque. We then ‘cheated’ and rode up on top of the water pipes. The Ciaran Path bit early, by swallowing Dave’s front wheel. I was experimenting with flatties and managed to bounce off the bike, that’s my excuse. 1 hr of downhill singletrack, doesn’t get much better. A quick coffee and cake stop at the Ice Factory fired us up for the climb out of Kinlochleven. Last time I did the route It broke my bike and I had to walk back, I am please to say this time it was only damaged.

Dave found the only mud going

Leatherman comes in useful

I didn’t need an indicator anyway?

Top of Devil’s Staircase-descent

Across the Blackwater dam


Weekend Ride?

I can’t do Sunday but I was wondering if there was any interest in a ride on Saturday or even Monday? Suggestions: Glen Tilt loop; Devil’s Staircase & Ciaran Path; Tour de Ben Nevis or Southern Upland Way around Wanlockhead or ???

Summer Alps Tour 2013


Myself, Ali and Al arrived at Chalet la Combe in Morzine to be met with a startled owner who was clearly not expecting us. What was worse, the stack of cases in the lounge looked as though other guests had just arrived in front of us. Luckily it turned out that the cases were the owner’s and Jan was a fantastic cook and host. As we didn’t bring a bleed kit with us, we were carrying all our gear for 2weeks in our 20L packs, it was off to a bike shop to sort out my rear brake. Turns out I wasn’t the only one off that flight in the queue with a defective brake.

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excitement and anticipation building

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Skye Easter Weekend


The final deposit is paid see attached receipt. Bunkhouse Confirmation (2)

The Event/Calender post with who is coming or not  and also day/ride suggestions have been updated. Ive suggested Quiraing loop at Staffin on friday hopefully that suits all that want to do it, if not let me know? I was trying to avoid doing it on monday as it is more driving.

4days: Graham, Gavin, Tony, SimonC & Chris

3days: Gerry, Alison, Robin, Tom, Ieva, Dave, Tom’s other pal, Barry, Luke, Ryszard & Nick.

We need to think about lift sharing too if you haven’t already done so.

Any comments would be best in the Event/calender post to keep things all together.

Hope you are all fit an well…………..

Skye Easter Weekend re-payment

A little over 6 weeks to go, so I hope you are all fit and raring to go. I need to make the final payment to the hostel, so can folks please pay the balance asap as per the Booking List  at

Alex has dropped out so we have a spare place for anyone who is interested

Any more ideas for rides too?