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Belatedly, what a crackin’ day the SMBO event turned out to be! The feedback from the competitors was really positive; a great course, a well organised HQ, great prizes and great soup and cakes. Hopefully it’ll spur some folks on to try an SMBO event next year or to help out if we organise another one in the future.
A big thank you needs to go to Tenn Outdoors (shorts and snoods) and Dales Cycles (goodie bags) and various club members for supplying prizes for the event, Bullands Coffeehouse and Andrew Smith’s wife for supplying the soup. There’s a lot of work beforehand, on the day and afterwards so a big thank you to everyone involved in helping out with setting up the hall, obtaining prizes from sponsors, managing registration, issuing maps, collecting back in all the checkpoints and signage, the excellent homebaking crew, prize giving officials and the hall clean up team. It’s definitely a team effort so thanks to everyone involved.
A special thank you to Angus, Tom and Will for setting up the course and printing the maps and finally a special mention to the big fat high pressure sitting over Scandanavia for the epic sunshine.
I finally managed to upload some of the photos from the SMBO event ….
Definitely a big day out; some big climbs with a fair bit of pushing but we had amazing weather, superb views over Perthshire & the Cairngorms and a couple of great descents. Only one minor map reading mishap which resulted in an even steeper descent!!
A few photos:
42km and +1200 metres climbing & descending. It looked a bit like this from the top….
And felt a bit like this….
8 folks out for the 7pm ride, another 5 for the 7:45pm ride and 4 more up on Dumgoyne. Cracking night to be out.
What to do with a hot, sunny day in May? Head to Perthshire to enjoy some of the amazing scenery and, as it turned out, the completely empty trails. So here’s what you missed out on….
A short but steep climb took me up above Blair Atholl…