Stu Taylor’s Highland Trail 550 – Done And Dusty!

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This article was written by and stars Stu Taylor. That’s it done, the Highland Trail 550 2018, in 4 days 7 hours and 24 minutes of the most amazing Scottish riding…and hiking. In the build-up and preparation for the event it never even crossed my mind that it would be hot and sunny – after all it is Scotland. This made for some last-minute kit ditching: first to go was the stove along with winter gloves, thermal hat, waterproof socks, tyre sealant, space blanket, deodorant, spare brake pads – I fitted these so had new pads – four AA batteries, base layer, ¾ bib and a Leatherman. I kept thinking ‘Don’t pack your fears’. Once packed I decided on a little modification to my cockpit giving my luggage more room, as I was only running 700mm bars and it was all a bit snug. I cut down my Ergon grips and moved the brake levers out which made room for the Alpkit bags to sit more securely with less pressure on the brake hoses, but less room for my hands. I did have a slight concern of getting blisters on the base of my thumbs from the levers, but this wasn’t the case and I managed ok riding with loose thumbs or up on the bar ends. Pre-race this is a change I would make for next time…yes, next time! I would fit a wider bar or a hoop bar like Alpkit`s Love Mud Confucius. Lined up at the grand...

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