Sunday Ride Out - Ride Report includes some off road

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Sunday Ride Out - Ride Report includes some off road

Post by AustinW » Tue Oct 02, 2012 6:56 pm

The Sunday off road ride was supposed to be a day of two halves. The morning riding out to a remote and isolated crofting community not normally accessible to vehicles and the afternoon crossing two major Scottish estates along 20+miles off stalkers tracks.

The morning ride was cancelled as the track is very exposed basically cutting along a cliff for 6 miles and given the windy weather and forecast of gusts to 50 mph I took the prudent decision to cancel as of Saturday morning. I did however go for a recce to checkout how exposed it actually was and to check the status of the track. Good job I did; the first mile was fine, good quality easy riding single track until the first big stream to cut into the cliff. The track cut steeply down to the stream where it had been setted with big stones but with some big steps for walkers. I rode down one section but the second was even steeper and as I was on my own decided to turn round. This was when I realised how steep the cliff fell away from the track. One slip of the feet or the wheels and it was about 100 feet of almost vertical rocky cliff to the sea. I eventually spun the bike round on the side stand together with a bit of manhandling. No pics I am afraid. This is not a track to be undertaken lightly. The morning ride was definitely cancelled.

That meant the Sunday ride was now a much shorter affair. I had permission to take around 12 riders over two major scottish estates using their estate roads and stalkers tracks to link up 2 public roads about 20 miles apart. I had been trying to get permission from other estates to make more of a circular ride but permission wasnt granted. Maybe next year.

Its impossible to describe how simply stunning the scenery was, how good the tracks were, how remote it was, and how lucky we were to be allowed to ride where we did. Thise that disnt come and who could have missed out on a fabulous rideout.


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Re: Sunday Ride Out - includes some off road Ride Report

Post by Steve T » Tue Oct 02, 2012 7:19 pm

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Re: Sunday Ride Out - includes some off road Ride Report

Post by LargeWayRound » Tue Oct 02, 2012 7:20 pm

Simply Awesome

cheers to Steve for the great pictures.


wishing I could have attended , but my back is still playing up.

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Re: Sunday Ride Out - includes some off road Ride Report

Post by Alba » Tue Oct 02, 2012 7:48 pm

Absolutely gutted I missed this due to my shoulder accident on the Sat, glad to read all went so well and the scenery was as expected ..... Nicely planned Austin

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Re: Sunday Ride Out - Ride Report includes some off road

Post by Bianchi » Tue Oct 02, 2012 8:55 pm

So how many people ended up going on this
Ride out I know the list was endless to get on
It or was it the usual when it came to it people
We're dropping like flys

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Re: Sunday Ride Out - Ride Report includes some off road

Post by Gavinskii » Tue Oct 02, 2012 9:01 pm

Nice write up Austin and fantastic pictures Steve T

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Re: Sunday Ride Out - Ride Report includes some off road

Post by AustinW » Tue Oct 02, 2012 9:28 pm

Bianchi wrote:So how many people ended up going on this
Ride out I know the list was endless to get on
It or was it the usual when it came to it people
We're dropping like flys

Cheers

Dave
6 of us went. Everyone else either buggered off early or didn't turn up at all. Their loss.

There should be more photos. Ian, T Bag and Ed were all snapping away. Or in Ian's case taking carefully composed professional photos on..... FILM

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Re: Sunday Ride Out - Ride Report includes some off road

Post by PHILinFRANCE » Wed Oct 03, 2012 4:29 am

Nice one Austin , but looks bloody cold now i'm a suven softy
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Re: Sunday Ride Out - Ride Report includes some off road

Post by yoda » Wed Oct 03, 2012 7:30 am

I've gotta work out some way of getting up to this next year.

Good pics and great to see someone organising such a fine ride out.
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I dunno where that road goes, might as well go take a look anyway there's no where else i need to be right now.

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Re: Sunday Ride Out - Ride Report includes some off road

Post by beddowsm » Wed Oct 03, 2012 6:33 pm

Great stuff Austin, well organised.

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