I headed up to Contin woods near Strathpeffer for a spot of mountain biking with Rick (for his birthday!). Things got off to a bad start when I found half my front wheel quick release was missing, after briefly considering wheelieing (is that a word?) the 11km route we headed to Square Wheels bike shop in Strathpeffer who gave me the part for free – top guys!
Anyway, back on the bikes in the forest and I was struggling to work why pedalling uphill was so hard – was it the 11 mile hill run the day before or that my pedalling muscles have packed up and left due to lack of use? I finally realised that it’s more likely because my bike is getting on a bit and doesn’t work in anything below 11th gear!
The route was great, some technical sections near the top but then some nice faster sections further down…and not too boggy considering all the rain we’ve had. Unfortunately I forgot to get the camera out until the end and I’m not ready to gaffer tape my new camera to the front of my bike for videos like I used to so we only have this one picture taken just near the car park.
Thanks again to the guys at Square Wheels for sorting me out with my missing part. Don’t forget to visit them for your trail maps.