Category: Cycling

Great mountain bike ride: Comrie circuit 0

Great mountain bike ride: Comrie circuit

Fran Loots runs Breathing Space Outdoors. Based in Comrie, in Perthshire, Breathing Space Outdoors encourages people to explore things “inside out” by offering training, consultancy services and outdoor experiences. Fran is an enthusiastic leader of courses such...

A turn on BBC Radio Scotland! 0

A turn on BBC Radio Scotland!

The typical mid-life crisis is now happening earlier… to people aged aged 35 to 45. That’s what a new piece of research has suggested. So Fred Macaulay decided to give the topic some consideration...

Time for a rethink on time trials 2

Time for a rethink on time trials

Just last week I swore I would never do another cycling time trial. After my first experience of such an event, at the Bute Cycling Festival, I decided that it hurt much too much...

Kit review: Crotch Guard works its magic! 1

Kit review: Crotch Guard works its magic!

Warning: This post is not for the squeamish! Oh hallelujah! There is a God of cycling after all. For too many months I had been suffering with the pain of what I can only...

All the fun of a family mountain biking event 0

All the fun of a family mountain biking event

Scotland is renowned worldwide as a top mountain biking nation. Across the country you can find numerous purpose-built mountain biking centres and many miles of natural cross-country routes ideal for off-ride riders. One of...

Cycle time trials. They hurt. A lot. 3

Cycle time trials. They hurt. A lot.

It was the weekend for the annual Isle of Bute Cycling Festival and I found myself taking part in one of the events, a “two-up” time trial. New to this road cycling thing I’d...

Kit review: Woolpower socks 0

Kit review: Woolpower socks

So, socks! There are a few things I’ve learned about socks over the years – and  few things I’d like to find in a pair of socks. What I know about socks: * They...

Fab Scottish cycle routes: The 5 ferries 10

Fab Scottish cycle routes: The 5 ferries

A fellow cyclist, Andy Brawley, aka @Brawlski, who I met in the wonderful social media network world that is Twitter, suggests this imaginative, rewarding and scenic Scottish cycle route: The Five Ferries. Summary of...

For the Record: My account of the Bealach Mor Sportive 0

For the Record: My account of the Bealach Mor Sportive

While James Moncur of the Daily Record wrote a great blow-by-blow account of his Bealach Mor Cycle Sportive, I wrote a blog that was a tad less testosterone fuelled! I’m sure he won’t mind...

The day I survived – and enjoyed – the Bealach Mor Cycle Sportive! 8

The day I survived – and enjoyed – the Bealach Mor Cycle Sportive!

Reaching the top of the infamously gruelling Bealach-na-Ba mountain pass I imagined that the worst of the Bealach Mor Cycle Sportive must surely be behind me. By this point we were about halfway round the...