Saturday, 28 March 2015

Sandstorm Saturday coasting...



After heavy rain Saturday`s skies brightened up a bit around 10am when we went out cycling from North Berwick,


The wind however was a bit wild!, but we managed to stay a bit sheltered inland via Yellowcraig.
Big skies overhead with impressive storm clouds whizzed past in the gale force South westerly wind...




Up to Gullane and an ice cream, Nice old 110 Series 3, similar to the Station Waggon we grew up in...


Mowgli sat and drooled hope full as always of something being dropped-no chance!...


This `Loupin on Stane` for mounting horses is a folly, Francis says it is also a bit to tall, nice feature anyway...


Dunno if the BBC fear mongering weather forecast had scared people away but Gullane car park was near deserted...



The weather was not bad at all as the strong wind was not gusting, just howling all the time!...







Loads of blown sand has covered all the rocks usually ridden over here...




Sands were blowing and drifting...





The coast was near devoid of people. We saw no one between Freshwaterhaven to Broadsands...



Love it when the coast is like this, esp when the wind is behind!...






Great light again today...



And soon enough back into town...


And a local couple out walking chatted for a while and he could not resist a shot of my Pugsley, big grins :)...


More soon...

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Capital Trail--2 day social trail ride June 13th/14th




Cycling calander for the summer is filling up...
April; a weekend bivi trip,
May; Forth Fat
And signed up for this event in June

Capital Trail

The inaugural ride will take place on 13/14 June 2015 as part of the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling. Start is at 8am, finishing before it gets dark on Sunday would be a sensible idea, this will give you 40 hours to complete the route. After the inaugural ride riders can post an individual time to be added to the ride records list if they finish within 40 hours. Although the route doesn’t venture far from the city, the Capital Trail takes you through some very remote, but beautiful places. It features beaches, superb singletrack, Land Rover tracks, quiet roads, cycle paths and much more. The Capital Trail is designed to be ridden clockwise in two days with an overnight stop. There are plenty of good opportunities to sleep under the stars on the route, two bothies and bunkhouses, B&Bs and hotels. And the odd pub. Please make sure you respect the landowner’s properties, shut all gates, don’t leave any rubbish and leave all livestock and wildlife undisturbed.
The route can be viewed and downloaded here. Please note, this is still subject to change at any time, but will give you a good indication what to expect. 6100m of climbing are as tasty and tough as Belgian beer, please make a good judgement if that’s within your skills. I have ridden everything myself, asked the locals and went back to find better trails where possible; the route is the very best Scotland’s South has got to offer. Apart from the odd hike and bike section it is mainly ridable. As this is not a race, there won’t be any prize money, maybe your mates buy you a beer if you make it over the finish line. It is, after all, a self-timed Individual Time Trial (ITT). All that will be provided is inspiration and a published list of completion times.
As this is a new event, we will be limiting entry to 100 riders. Along the route you might experience Scotland’s beautiful sunny blue skies and beautiful views over the Firth of Forth and might even spot England or the Highlands in the distance. But be aware, the weather here can change on a whim, and you are just as likely find yourself besieged by cold lashing rain and high winds (don’t say I haven’t warned you). In short, don’t attempt this ride unprepared, this is not something for first time mountain bikers. If taking part, I recommend that you approach this ride as an independent expedition, fully prepared for your own limitations and whatever nature may have in store for you. The rewards for that will be plenty.

My plan;
I`m doing it, not just because it is something i can afford to do at £15 to enter and a short drive to the start, But on a pure social thing, i am treating it as a trail ride at my own speed, pace and will prob skip the loops on the map around the trail centres and get the distance down to around 60 miles each day.
Thinking probably  riding from 8am to 9 pm on the Saturday with some breaks and  a pint mid affy, enjoy the views and get pics as usual.
Ride till around 9pm and then doss somewhere in the bivi or Hennessy Hammock,
On the Sunday i will see how i get on and short cut from the Pentlands if need be for a pint at the finish Pub.
I know most of the route looking at the proposed route map and really just need my OS map from Peebles to Pentlands to double check,
I don`t own a GPS (no need when a coastrider!) and really not too worried about stats and stuff to post up, Just going to enjoy it as a solo ride at my own pace and a social when i meet up with folks :)

I have posted this on forums and stuff but there seems to not be much interest by my friends, some who have bikepacking gear, folks this is on our doorstep!,
The mass start will soon spread out as the race snakes tear ahead on cross bikes and xc race bikes to go for the fastest time, that time is well safe from me!,
If you think the total distance is probably too long for you, as i feel it probably is for myself then you can do as i will no doubt do and leave out the loops to cut down the distance and enjoy the ride,
The entry money pays for a breakfast on the Saturday and the rest goes to Edinburgh`s Festival of Cycling,
Whats not to like? :)

My Bike choice?
Deft be on the 29+ Surly KramPug after my SUW ride last year, as it was ideal :)

Sunday, 22 March 2015

A Day at Dunbar...


Friend Sanny came through early and we rode to Dunbar on the John Muir Way, met local cyclist Alistair, rode a loop of John Muir Park, then around Belhaven Bay,  Met friend and fellow blogger Ped, checked out the fishing boats in ther harbour, and Peds new yacht, Had some chips, Then returned via Tyninghame Cafe and the woods, Despite an increasing westerly wind it was a great day, even the sun came out as we stopped to watch the motorcycles practicing at East Fortune...
I only took 2 pictures today-before we left of a lovely looking bottle of Cornwall Cider that Sanny brought me, Looking forward to enjoying this...



Here is a mega photo dump all taken by Sanny of a great day out...

































 











































More soon...