CJ’s Ardgartan Bothy Ride

Chris Johnston is planning a ride to a bothy on Friday 22nd (Mark Cottage).  It’s not a big ride apparently and there’s the option to extend on Saturday.  You’ll need to pack all your gear; clothing, bedding, food, water, drink, whisky, banjos, gimp mask etc.  If you have any questions about what’s involved please contact Chris or post up here or on FB.

Think of it as the opposite of a summer solstice ride (you know the sort of ride; long lazy days, light winds, dry trails, shorts & t-shirt, the smell of suncream, carefree cycling) and you’ve got the idea of what it might be like in winter.  😉

 

Here’s a video of what to expect from your accommodation*

. * work safe video, no gimps or bothy weirdos** present

** you really need to hear Tom Downie’s stories of bothy trips and always sharing remote, dark bothies with at least one “weirdo”.  If it’s just you and Chris on this trip you can decide between yourselves who the weirdo is.

There’s No Business Like Snow-business

Grab bikes, pack gear, drive to Pitlochry, ride a circular loop in the nearby hills.  Sounds easy?  It wasn’t.  Good scenery though?  You bet!  Lots of fun?  Absolutely.  1300m of climbing over 34km looked a bit like this:

More photos in the Flickr album:

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Proper summer rides – Shindig Route and Cairngorm Loop

I’ve put up two events in the calendar, both of which are 200km/1 day mtb affairs:

http://www.gmbc.org.uk/event/summer-big-ride-1-cairngorm-loop-reprise-but-this-time-a-little-bit-shorter/

http://www.gmbc.org.uk/event/summer-big-ride-2-milngavie-lochearnhead-and-back/

It will be the mountain bike equivalent of this

Looking for a team of 5 max to keep it quick.  If you’re interested post up on the event page.