Words and Photography Antony de Heveningham
The post-Christmas period is a dark time for mountain biking in the UK. Fitness and motivation are low and the only thing on the menu is muddy slop, liberally garnished with wind and rain. To counteract the depression, Antony and his partner Celia have started a tradition of late winter budget biking adventures.
A bikepacking trip to Bulgaria last year certainly ticked the adventure box, although I have some repressed memories of pushing bikes through mud that rivalled anything back in Blighty, and hurriedly donning overtrousers to stop ice forming on my bare shins. So this year we looked further south.
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