Introduction - how this blog works

The idea of this blog is to share some of my favourite bits of mountain biking with the world. Principally so that you too can enjoy the bits I've enjoyed. And avoid the bits I've hated. So many people have given us advice on biking since we started - what bikes to buy, where to ride, how to ride. So this is my chance to feed a bit back to that body of knowledge.

I'd really welcome your comments - what have I raved about that you thought was awful? What gems did I miss when I visited your local riding spot? Is a bit that I said was awful actually sweet singletrack in the summer or when you're riding well? Comments will help this resource be improved for all readers, and also give me some hints as to where to ride next!

I've written a load about what we've ridden over the last year, and grouped it geographically. My plan is to add to it in the future, hopefully using the tags to keep each region together, though I haven't quite worked out how it will work yet. I may just need to start all over again in a year to keep things organised more sensibly - I'm not really sure a blog is the most sensible format - but it seems the best for me as I'm not terribly motivated to learn any more code than the day job necessitates.

Saturday, 4 January 2014


Another supposed must-go biking venue in Scotland is Torridon.   Actually it all seems to boil down to one route, and that rotue is bascially a 35km ride to get to the top of an awesome descent.   Start at the free campsite in Torridon village (905557 - a recommendation in itself, it even has free hot showers, though beware the village shop is never open at helpful tiems so bring supplies).   Follow the a road east to the top of Loch Clair (002581).   This is north Scotland so it's an A road with passing places and not too unpleasant (in fact the worst bit is drivers waiting patiently for you in passing places so you feel you need to hurry to let them go by....).   Follow the doubletrack along the east side of Loch Clair.   There's a bit of singletrack along the NE side of Loch Coulin to break it up.   Then climb steadily on doubletrack up the Coulin Pass (024500).   In theory the descent is on doubletrack too, but when we were there the Forestry Commission had diverted onto some newly built, slide-your-back-wheel-round-in-the-mud style singletrack which was entertaining.   Descend to join the road at Achnashellach Station (002482).   Curse the fact that one one has thought to build a cafe anywehre in this valley to feed hungry mountain bikers.   Follow the road SE to Coulags (957451) and set off into the hills again.   This climb is much worse and involves quite a lot of pushing.   Don't get too enthusiastic on the bits you can ride that you smash your back wheel on a drainage bar and disscovere that your pump is a bit shoddy.....   There is a bothy (940480) part way along.   The summit is Bealach la Nice (934508).   Then enjoy the descent all the way back to the campsite.   It's all single track.   Not desperatley technical but occasionally goes onto slickrock so you cna make it as hard as you like.   Is sustianed all the way down - lovely!

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