Singletrack Magazine Issue 128 | UK Adventure – Ochils the Noo

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Think you know which is the best mountain biking town in the UK? After a weekend of riding trails local to the city of Stirling, Sanny reckons it might just be time to reconsider your opinion.

Words & Photography Sanny

“There’s a voice that keeps on calling me, Down the road, that’s where I’ll always be…” Readers of a certain vintage (’80s kids) will now be scratching their baldy heads to recall the theme tune to a low budget kids programme from our Canadian friends. It was, of course, The Littlest Hobo – a tale of a German Shepherd dog that wandered from town to town, saving the day along the way. 


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David Gould

Singletrack Contributor

By day, Sanny plies his trade as a Chartered Accountant and Non-Executive Director. By night, however, give him a map and the merest whisper of a trail "that might go" and he'll be off faster than a rat up a drainpipe on some damn fool mission to discover new places to ride. Rarely without his trusty Nikon D5600, he likes nothing better than being in the big mountains, an inappropriately heavy bike on his back, taking pics and soaking up the scenery. He also likes to ride his bike there too although rumours that he is currently working on his next book, "Walks with my bike", are untrue (mostly).

Fat biking, gravel riding, bikepacking, road biking, e biking, big mountain adventures - as long as two wheels are involved, you'll find him with a grin on his face as he dives off the side of a mountain, down a narrow lane or into deep undergrowth in search of hidden trails and new adventures.

His favourite food is ham and mushroom pizza and he is on a mission to ride all of the Munros, mostly as it allows him to indulge in eating more pizza.

He has no five year plan, is a big fan of the writing of Charlie Connelly and reckons that Kermode and Mayo's Film Review Podcast is quite possibly the finest bit of broadcasting around.

Comments (11)

    When you receive your new mag and spend the first 5 minutes just sniffing the pages 😉

    Old school spins up in the Ochils — a vague memory, with some more or less local lads. Nice one Sanny!

    Thanks very much! Yup. A wee classic that can be knocked out in jig time. There is something to be said for the routes that used to be ridden on rigid bikes with stupidly long stems…….

    Brilliant. Grew up in Dollar, so know the area well! Fond memories of rattling down Kings Seat on my trek 7000, with no suspension and cantilever brakes doing very little to slow me down…happy days. Ps, hello to Jason Isaacs.

    Ah…a fellow wittertainee!

    There is very little in life that compares to the ramblings of the Good Doctors or my personal favourite film title for a film of their lives, When Harrington met Sarchy!

    Canti brakes……they sucked!

    Some nice steeps in the area. Down the face of the Nebit to the mill.

    ha @oblongbob – it was Dollar boys (well, Muckhart) I recall going out with up there. I strongly think it would have been canti brakes & rigids all round, yes. Where we went – I have no idea, Eoin was guiding, Glen Devon looks like it might have been the route, and a finish in the pub…

    Ben Cleuch / Andew Gannel is my favourite route.
    The ridge from Ben Ever is an excellent variation, and of course Kings Seat.

    And here’s GMBC with Stirling Bike Club on North Third: July 2003.
    Lots of lycra, walking and v-brakes.

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/Vo9s1RuPckiejT5ZA

    Good grief, I was younger then, cracking pics of that ride.

    I love the pic of me on the deck! Bikes back then really were crap! Interesting how much the trails up there have changed. Still great though. Out for a ride in the Lakes today on an e bike. Tech really has come on leaps and bounds. The smiles are still the same though (waves to Richard and Crispin!)

    Hope you guys are well and still biking?

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