It has been a good year. I guess you could call these the best bits.
Best Trail: Eckham, Western Austria,
Best Trip: Torridon
was amazing, The trails there were exactly what we were looking for. A wise man once said that. He had a point. Two days around Gairloch bookended by the Ciaran Path and Glentress was one hell of a way to spend a long weekend. Not even the worst camp spot ever could take the shine of those trails
Best Resort: Davos
Best Bike Shop: Ivan's Velosport
Broken gear cable. A bit of an annoyance on the third day of our euro adventure. It meant we found ourselves propping bikes outside Ivan's Velo Sport around 3pm. Then the mechanic came out and offered to fix it. Being tight bastards we asked for the bits and resigned ourselves to fixing it. 'It's cool, maintenance free'
And so we discovered one of the best bicycle shops there is. We left with a whole load of out of the way trails highlighted on to our map and some of the crispest shifting I have experienced. It was ace, they have all the normal products, but what stood out was the staff. These guys were so knowledgeable, and clearly loved mountain biking. I ask for no more.
Speaking of good bike shops, a local one has been hard to come by for donkeys years. There are a few ok offerings, but Rick and Matt at Twelve50 have really stepped things up a notch. Awesome service, awesome stuff, awesome guys, group rides in't woods, plus without them I think about 10 people would have showed up for our film night. Top stuff. We have been waiting for this.
Best Tea Room: The Station House, Torridon
Best Event: Delamere Fundraiser
Tour de Ben Nevis was also great, the best mtb race I have done by a long shot. Hopefully we will be back next year.
Best New Stuff: Osprey Talon
I'll be honest, most of us are not that really into the 'gear' side of mountain biking. Hell, Cal and I ride Rockhoppers and the majority of stuff is fairly aged kit. So yeah, we like stuff that works and lasts. This year was a big year for new kit for me, getting a new rucksack, after a zip explosion, and some new shoes after the soles of the old ones went AWOL. The new rucksack was a definite step up. It is soo dang comfortable, and it survived the over stuffing, zip stretching marathon that was the summer's euro adventure. It is plenty big enough for an SLR and all the gubbins and cake I like to take around the hills with me. So, for being noticeably better than its predecessor, this bag deserves a mention.
Best Old Stuff: Marzocchi AM3
There is a nagging thought in the back of my head that mentioning this fork here will cause it to finally leak, but for now the Bombers are still going strong. 6 years and a lot of riding and what have I done to them? Once put a bit more air in, but that was because I got fat. Seriously, I have hardly touched these forks, no servicing, nothing, and they are still as smooth as butter. Good Stuff
Trails & Tales
Lakes (15) The Woods (15) Wales (15) Film Screenings (11) Filming (10) Scotland (8) Alps (7) Racing (6) Marin Trail (5) Twelve50 (5) Grizedale (4) Torridon (4) contemplation (4) Austria (3) Davos (3) Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival (3) Helvelyn (3) High Street (3) Italy (3) Llanberis Mountain Film Festival (3) Oetztal (3) Patterdale (3) Singletrack Mag (3) Switzerland (3) Wideopenmag (3) Cable Cam (2) Capel Curig (2) Carneddau (2) Dyfi Enduro (2) Editing (2) Enduro (2) Glen Coe (2) Macc (2) Machynlleth (2) Nightriding (2) Peaks (2) Planning (2) Thankyous (2) Tour de Ben Nevis (2) Wharncliffe (2) Arosa (1) Aviemore (1) Ben Lomond (1) Bikeshorts (1) Borrowdale (1) Cadair Idris (1) Canada (1) Coed-Y-Brenin (1) Dunnerdale (1) Edale (1) Fort William (1) Glentress (1) Golspie (1) Honister (1) Innerliethen (1) Ischgl (1) Kinlochleven (1) Langdale (1) Lenzerheide (1) Livigno (1) Penmachno (1) Promo (1) Revolution Bike Park (1) Sauze D'Oulx (1) Snowdon (1) Ste is a Bellend (1) Sticks Pass (1) Trailer (1) Walna Scar (1) West Cheshire Massive (1) love (1)