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SMBLA Trail Cycle Leader Training – Day 2 – Leading on the TCL

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Last weekend I went along to a training weekend for the Scottish Mountain Bike Leader Association’s Trail Cycle Leader award, or the SMBLA TCL. I’ve already talked about the first day of the TCL in my last post, now we’re onto the second day and the hard stuff: riding skills and leading a group! On […]


SMBLA Trail Cycle Leader Training – Hamsterley hijinks on the TCL

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I mentioned a month or so ago that I was planning to go for my Scottish Mountain Bike Leaders Association Trail Cycle Leader award, or the SMBLA TCL award for acronym fans. Well, last weekend I took the first step and went through the 2 day training. The trail cycle leader award, or the TCL, […]


Fitting a mountain bike headset – The Enduro Bike Build

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It’s been a little while since the bike build started so time once again to get on with assembling my Specialized S-Works Enduro. This time it’s one of the most fiddly parts, the headset. One of the first things you’ll notice when you get your new headset out of the box is the fact that […]


Cannondale Roam Mountain Bike Shoes – Kit Review

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I haven’t posted a kit review in a while so I thought I’d have a look at one of the longest serving items in my kitbag – the trusty Cannondale Roams, my mountain bike shoe of choice. When you’re looking at cycling shoes there are two paths you can tread. Firstly, there are the one […]


New Nevis Range Downhill Trail – The World Cup course gets a little brother

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There was some good news this week for downhillers as the government announced that it was allocating £67,000 to creating a new downhill trail to complement the existing world cup course at Nevis Range. The new trail will apparently be a less hardcore version of the existing world-class trail to give more recreational riders a […]


Garmin Forerunner 305 – Heart Rate monitor and navigation for mountain bikers

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I mentioned a couple of weeks back that I was looking to buy a Garmin Forerunner 305 to help with my training. Well, it’s arrived and I’m pretty chuffed with it! I have to admit it’s still a little bit gimmicky and beyond what I really need but I’m finding that tracking my training rides […]


Kirroughtree 7 Stanes Trail – Mountain Biking on the rocks

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The last time I visited Kirroughtree, amost a year ago, I met with disaster – my rear mech disintegrating and resulting in a long push home. This time I finished the trail and it wasn’t half worth it. Kirroughtree is, along with Glentrool, the most out of the way of the 7 Stanes, being nestled […]


10 Under the Ben 2008 – Marathon mountain bike Challenge

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So, I’ve entered No Fuss Events’ 10 Under the Ben. A mere week and a half away and I’m pretty excited about killing myself under Ben Nevis, Scotland’s highest mountain! I decided at the start of the year that I was going to try a few races this year. I’ve been biking loads over the […]


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