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

by 0

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...

If you have an account, please log in. If not, you can get access to some of our features by registering here for free.

All members get..

  • Exclusive members only content
  • Digital back issues
  • New issues via iOS/Android App
  • Ad free website
  • Merch discounts
  • Downloads, GPX files, PDFs, iBooks

Print+ members also get..

Next available print copy of Singletrack magazine posted to you. Each issue contains 148 pages of perfect ride inspiration, opinion, adventure and reviews.





  • or £3.99/ month





  • Direct Debit or Card

A message from all of us at Singletrack magazine

We need your help

For over 20 years Singletrack has been a source of information, news and entertainment for millions of mountain bike enthusiasts and as an important focal point for an amazing community of like minded riders from around the world. But it has also been a provider of jobs and income for dozens of families of our team as well as a source of revenue for hundreds of freelance contributors.

We want to keep going through this uncertain period and create great content to inform and entertain you, but we will need your help to do it. More than anything else we want to have a reciprocal relationship with you and the best way to make that happen is through our memberships. We’d love you to join us as a paid member of the Singletrack community – we promise you a return on your investment through the content we have and will create for you.