Archive for March, 2011

Snow again…

Cold Calves

March 9 2011 – so much for Spring…

A little bit of wet snow around the shop turned into lovely powder by the time we reached the highest point of our ride. Very atmospheric riding through trails surrounded by snow-laden trees. After a relentless climb, we were rewarded with a truly glorious singletrack descent through the snow.

A post-ride visit to the Aviemore Tandoori was the ideal finish to a chilly yet hot ride!

Riders Phil, Andy, David, Dave, Ben.


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Wednesday Rides

Ever since time began here at Bothy Bikes there has been a Wednesday night shop ride, not every week by any means but it’s kept going through the years.

In 2010 the plan was to do a completely different ride every week from April till October, and we pretty much succeeded (repeated one ride because a few people missed it the week before and it was soooo good!) We’re lucky enough to have a vast repertoire of trails to choose from, so I think we’ll also make this our goal for 2011.

Wednesday night riders on tarmac shock

And this year we’re going to log every single ride. Maybe a full route description with video clips, maybe just a picture or a song to sum up the experience, whatever it is it will be here.

So without further ado…

2nd March 2011

Loch Einich via Rothiemurchus trails 30km riders: Phil, David

“Comfort braking is a pernicious habit”

This was going to be a wee spin through the woods to Glenmore but the mild weather and dry conditions demanded something a bit more. So “we’ll just go as far as windy corner” turned into “turn back at the first bridge” which turned into “we might as well keep on to the Loch now…”

The main attraction for riding to Loch Einich is the view as you’re drawn into the mountains, it was strange to be there at night with low cloud and absolutely no view at all… Well, the descent is rather fun – tape your gloves to the bars and splash through the streams at full tilt, yee-ha!

Old Bridge Inn afterwards. Always good.

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