Posted by: Bruce Duncan | December 2, 2009

Mountain Biking in Scotland

This weekend just gone i headed up to Aviemore with a bunch of top mountain bikers from Cumbria.  Its the 5th year they have been heading up, i first went up 2 years ago, and had a great time.  I was busy competing at the Landrover G4 trials.  So i was very happy to be heading back up to the amazing singletrack in the gorgeous forests around Aviemore.

Saturday was to be a big day, sadly one of the lads was ill all night and had to stay in bed, so the rest of us headed out for a huge ride, about 80km, mostly off road, with some big climbs and great singletrack.  The group are all superfast on their bikes, so there was very little stoppping, and no faffing.  We had no mechanicals or punctures, and enjoyed some great weather.  We headed north from Laganlia, our base for the weekend.  We skirted Loch an Eilein, then headed through to Loch Morlich before having a wee lunch stop at the Badaguish outdoor centre, where Pete Strong managed to cruise across the ‘rings’, no one else was up for it, so i thought i’d have a go.  I felt confident, but it all went horridly wrong in the middle, and needless to say i got very wet.  Carrying on i tried to warm up, and after an hour i could feel my toes again!

About to fall in the water, but doing all i can not to!

We arrived in Carrbridge, then headed up the River Dulnain, and headed up the long climb over the Burma Road, a great climb into the snowline, followed by a great fast decent in the dark.  Some more great tracks were riden in the dark giving some added challenges and some great images of 16 riders flying along on tight twisty tracks.

Sunday we woke to fresh snow, and the odd fluries still occuring.  Chris was back on song, and a shorter ride to the south was planned.  Heading into Inshriach to start we headed down Glen Feshie then climbed up over a ridge dropping down through some of the best single track i have riden for a long time, the added dusting of snow just capped it all off.  Plenty of awesome single track followed, finishing in a final all out blast, with John Houlihan just pipping others to the post.

Getting back to the centre, plenty of tea was drunk, then cars packed and we all headed south after about 12hrs of top class riding in great conditions.

Thanks to Peter Strong and Bryan Singleton for route planning and naving over the weekend.



  1. Glad to hear you enjoyed the Aviemore area, it is one of our regular stomping grounds! Give us a shout next time you are looking for a trip.

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