Why You Should Discover The Joy of Singlespeeding

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If you have dotwatched the latest edition of the Highland Trail 550 like me, you’ll have noticed that Liam Glen, the winner in 3:10:55 (days:hours:minutes) has done this amazing feat on a rigid singlespeed bike. Liam is no stranger to singlespeeding or the Highland Trail. He also took the win in 2016 (and is therefore the only one winning the race twice).  A year before Liam’s first win the Highland Trail had already been won on a singlespeed bike. Back in 2015, when the conditions were as challenging as this year, Tom Rowntree finished in 4:11:19 (days:hours:minutes) on a rigid 29er Shand. This was also the year when Javier Simon appeared in the race for the first time. Although he had broken his freewheel and had negotiated the stretch along the Caledonian Canal with the help of a long stick to make it to the bike shop in Fort William, he still beat me to finish in the top ten with 6:13:03. He went on to better this time year on year to set the...

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