Tag: mountain biking

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The Beinn a’ Ghlo circuit by mountain bike

The circuit of the Beinn a’ Ghlo range of hills is considered a classic Scottish mountain bike route, a full 35-mile day out in a scenic and fairly remote part of Highland Perthshire.  If you’re looking for a circular route which is mainly on rough vehicle tracks – plus a pub and/or a chip shop at the end – then consider adding this one … Read More The Beinn a’ Ghlo circuit by mountain bike

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The 12th Annual ‘Puffer

    If you’re the kind of mountain biker that enjoys brutal endurance events they don’t come much tougher or more rewarding than the Strathpuffer, the legendary 24 hour event held every winter near the Strathpeffer in the Scottish Highlands.  Freezing temperatures. 17 hours of darkness. Miles of gruelling terrain. A brutal mix of ice, wind, hail, mud and snow. And maybe, just maybe, a glorious Scottish winter sunrise… Now in its 12th year, the 2017 … Read More The 12th Annual ‘Puffer

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14 for 2014 #8 – Watch the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

At the beginning of the year I set out 14 challenges I wanted to achieve during 2014.  This was a fairly obvious one given the focus of attention on Glasgow in hosting the 20th Commonwealth Games. This week has been pretty hectic but we’re taking a day off from watching the Games today.  On Tuesday my son and I took the shuttle bus up to … Read More 14 for 2014 #8 – Watch the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

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14 for 2014 #6 – Take part in a family cycle ride or event

  While visiting family last week in Northumberland the boys took a day trip to Kielder Water and Forest** to try out the new mountain bike trails.  I was impressed.  Kielder is certainly a well organised centre and we had a great day. Before we got started, though, Lydia’s homing device took her to park right next to an immaculate blue and white splitscreen … Read More 14 for 2014 #6 – Take part in a family cycle ride or event

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Cairngorm Adventure Triathlon 2013

Once again I took part in the Cairngorm Adventure Triathlon yesterday in near-perfect conditions, in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park.  The event includes canoeing 3km around Loch Morlich in Canadian canoes, mountain biking 25km on forest trails and quiet roads and a 5km trail run around Loch Morlich.  Competitors take part in teams of two.  With my niece unable to take part owing … Read More Cairngorm Adventure Triathlon 2013