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By Gully Foyle (Sun Nov 06, 2005 at 11:19:03 AM EST) (all tags)
Cycling content: High.

Haven't posted a diary in, well, ever, so bear with me...



Just got back from mountain biking in Glentress. The weather was stunning! It's November in Scotland and I'm sunburnt! Unbelievable!

Glentress itself is a very nicely laid out mountain bike park. A couple of painful miles to the top of the hill to prove how unfit I am, followed by some very nicely laid out downhill. Berms, jumps, and bridges taken at top speed. A completely new experience for me, since I'm used to mostly road riding, and my mountain bike is an ancient steel-frame unsuspended piece of junk.

The warning signs at the top were amusingly scary; talking about how people have had accidents on the trails, and some of them needed to be helicoptered out. As I get older I find I pay more attention to such things. When I was young I didn't know what broken bones felt like and would go stupidly fast for the rush of it. I still try to, but those warning signs are always in the back of my mind.

Rode the red trail today. Uphill was tough since I need new brakes and they were rubbing a bit, and I'm recovering from a chest infection. Mmm... Phlegmy... Downhill was almost as bad on a bike with biological shocks only. My hands are knackered, and I came within an inch of smashing my face on the bars a couple of times. Also missed one of the wee bridges and landed in a burn. Which was a laugh, though cold.

Lovely weather though, nice views and very friendly, helpful people riding today. Foyle's law: Whichever sport you do, there's always an 8 year-old in a helmet who's twice as good.

A+++++ Top fun. Would ride again!

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Glentress is great isn't it. by ambrosen (4.00 / 1) #1 Mon Nov 07, 2005 at 12:46:26 AM EST
And the views are amazing.

Still, having had ecquaintances helicoptered out and quadraplegic for life, I am a little cautious offroad. And I check my front quick release frequently.

Urgh, just re-read that paragraph by Gully Foyle (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon Nov 07, 2005 at 02:20:58 AM EST
It wasn't the helicoptered out bit that was amusing, it was the huge variety of different ways that the signs found to say 'don't be an idiot'. I've only seen the air ambulance used once, and there was nothing funny about it. Sorry if I offended you.

And yes, Glentress is great.

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Not at all offended. by ambrosen (4.00 / 1) #3 Mon Nov 07, 2005 at 02:30:30 AM EST
It seems like a really hard place to organise, in terms of the number of people who go who aren't used to biking in busy places, and insist on riding up the downhill sections and things like that, so I guess the signs must have taken a fair amount of thought.

Only time I actually made it to Glentress, I was riding with an A & E nurse from the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary (the nearest A & E dept.), and he said he didn't see people from Glentress that frequently.

It was gorgeous weather in Edinburgh when I was there last week, too. I took my bike up but didn't have time to ride.

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