Video | Pan Celtic Race – An event we probably don’t want to do

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We’ve spotted an event we don’t want to do, but we like their videos.

Our very own Jason Miles has already set off on the Pan Celtic race, a ‘self-supported cycling adventure, journeying through the Celtic Nations of Scotland, Ireland and Wales’. He did very well for a couple of days. And then he pulled out, because lots of things hurt, a lot. Some of those hurty things we probably don’t want to hear about, and we certainly don’t want to see. But if you subscribe to Singletrack, you may well hear about them in a future edition of his regular column. We’ll try and keep the pictures savoury.

Pan Celtic Race
‘If it can go wrong, it will’

Jason can be spotted having a little sitting up nap (leaving us to wonder why he didn’t just go the whole hog and lie down?) at a ferry terminal, in one of the very excellent short videos being produced by the race each day.

Yes, it’s riding on tarmac. But, Jason was doing it, and he’s one of us. And, they’re very nice videos.

There’s a nice feel of ‘they don’t know what’s coming, do they’.

Followed by ‘they’re finding out this isn’t fun, aren’t they’.

If you watch these and think ‘YES! That’s the race for me!’ then fair play to you. You’ve probably done the Strathpuffer, haven’t you. Can we just point out this:

  • Full Route of 1476 mile and 88,260 ft climbing

The rest of us, we’ll probably just sit back and enjoy the gentle story telling, the pretty scenery, the unfolding mini dramas, the unravelling plans, and the growing beards. We’ll enjoy watching, and then we’ll dig out our flat pedals and our knobbly tyres, and stick to our own kind of fun.

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Hannah Dobson

Hannah came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. Having worked in policy and project management roles at the Scottish Parliament and in local government, Hannah had organisational skills that SIngletrack needed. She also likes bikes, and likes to write.

Hannah likes all bikes, but especially unusual ones. If it’s a bit odd, or a bit niche, or made of metal, she’s probably going to get excited. If it gets her down some steep stuff, all the better. She’ll give most things a go once, she tries not to say no to anything on a bike, unless she really thinks it’s going to hurt. She’s pretty good with steri-strips.

More than bikes, Hannah likes what bikes do. She thinks that they link people and places; that cycling creates a connection between us and our environment; bikes create communities; deliver freedom; bring joy; and improve fitness. They're environmentally friendly and create friendly environments.

Hannah tries to write about all these things in the hope that others might discover the joy of bikes too.

Comments (1)

    Yeh agreed…

    Roads suck (well, the mobile coffins on them suck)

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