I've been out a few times in the last week, last Thursday myself and young Lloyd headed up to Cathkin braes, the new XC course that's been designed and built for the 2014 Commonwealth games. It's well done from a spectators point of view, as it's a short loop, around 5.5k, so will feature lots of laps, so plenty opportunities to see the riders in action, but from a legacy point of view it's a bit disappointing.
We were both pretty uninspired after a lap, and only the fact we'd drove half an hour to get there forced us back round again, sessioning the good bit(s).
I had a road ride with my work buddy Ewan on Monday, which was torture, as I'd only just necked dinner, and we decided to try and beat our best strava time up the Kerrix road. Combined with the heat, it was bloody tough going, although it just goes to show the difference if two roadies team up and switch turns at the front, as I knocked my time down from over 10 minutes to under 9!. Top 10 on the strava board of competitive geeks, happy days!.
Last night, I headed up to Stirling to meet Gareth and Elaine, a couple from NZ that I became really friendly with 2 years ago, as they are back over for a month to allow their relatives in Perth to see the new arrival, 6 month old Talia. Was awesome to see them again, especially renewing mine and Gareth's previous favourite past time of talking shit about bikes, amongst other drivel! A bike bromance continues....
Was a lovely night for it, if not a bit too hot, as you'll see from how red I am in the pic below!. I've an excuse, I'd been riding at cambusbarron for an hour before!. That place is maze of awesome singletrack, but really hard to navigate, I'll need to get a local out next time.
We were led by Sam, a fellow member of my bike club, who lives in bridge of Allan, and she took us round some great trails in mine woods and round the uni before heading up onto dumyat, and then back down yellow crags to finish. I absolutely loved chasing Gareth down the descents again, just like old times, good old times...
Anyway, never got home til nigh on midnight, and the work alarm was off before I knew it. Work. Always getting in the bloody way....
|Gareth, Sam and Elaine.|
|Big G heading up dumyat|
|Bromance above the Wallace monument!|