- SE Scotland MAM(AL)ILs – another ride?
I’m getting married the day before so I may miss this one….. 😀
Did a great route down there last month. Started in Moffat and rode up the Devil’s Beeftub to Moffat then right at Tweedsmuir, nice steep section up from Talla reservoir, east on A708 for a bit, then a loop starting up the B709, onto the B7009, climb and descent on to Yarrow, back towards St Mary’s Loch then over to Innerleithen and Peebles. I then entered a very dark place with the 35 miles from Peebles back to Moffat into a bitchin’ headwind. Got back to Moffat having done 99.8 miles. I slumped in the boot of my car and spun my front wheel till the speedo read 100. Job done.
The roads were great though – quiet and well surfaced I thought. Climbs not bad at all, Talla was the only steep one.Posted 8 years agoshortbread_fanylionSubscriber
Yes, no takers on the site so I went out at 6pm so no need for lights. Planned to do two or three full perimter loops at the Dean but there’s a couple more tree’s down so my, ahem, ‘flow’ was interrupted….the second half of full loop was still a bit of a mess, there’s been some felling going on, but the first half was lovely.
After a lap I went and did the final climb and down the fireroad x 5. Very good little loop. Messed about for a bit thereafter. I’m free most this weekend if you wanna get out – from 1pm Saturday onwards and all day Sunday.
Back to the thread…..yes, it’s a poor excuse, but better than my one for abandoing halfway round last week 🙂Posted 8 years ago
The Swire is a litte road that connects Ettrickbridge to Yarrow. Has a beautiful long climb to it and a cracking descent.
Evening ride option would be good for me too. Plenty easily accessible routes in the borders that we could do. Plenty permutations start from Middleton or thereabouts.Posted 8 years ago
Joining this party late as I’d expected to be hiking this weekend, but I might be planning a loop from Dunblane-Comrie-Killin-Glen Lyon-Kenmore-Amulree-Sma’ Glen-Dunblane on Sunday.
Lots of nice rolling climbs/descents and one absolute stinker of a sharp climb/descent.
Oh, and thanks for the heads up about ‘The Swire’, I’ll be trying to incorporate that in a route soon!Posted 8 years ago
I know what you mean DGOAB, although I’m torn between training for Sportives and just going hillwalking every weekend at the moment, nice dilemma to have I suppose 8)
Bigdug, its 120 miles give or take so I’ll be happy just to push 15-16mph average for the ride, headwinds permitting. If that’s not too sedantry for you then I’d be glad of thePosted 8 years ago
towcompany. I’ll need to check the trains but think they should be regular enough.robgarriochSubscriber
That does sound a classic route Iain, be brilliant just now. If it wasn’t for life getting in the way, I’d be there, no waiting…
absolute stinker of a sharp climb/descent
That’ll be out of Kenmore then? Ouch. Came over that way on the motored-velocipede last year; there’s a hairpin on Glen Quaich that a few bikes had clearly been getting ‘well over’™ on on the way up…Posted 8 years ago
Don’t worry Rob, I’ll have a new MTB soon enough, we’ll get some sneaky evening rides in.
Thats the very descent, I think I prefer descending it the other way, but yes, that hairpin lends a bit of excitement to an already steep section. Looking forward to descending through Glen Lyon from Pubil, drove up it a month or two back on our way to a hill, looked fast and rolling in the opposite direction!Posted 8 years ago
First train from Waverley is 9:30, gets to Dunblane for 10:40. Say between 8-9 hours riding/cake stops means I’ll be getting the hourly service back from Dunblane at 18:01 or 19:01. I’ll be getting to the station early in the morning to get a coffee and make sure I get on with the bike.
Just to avoid massive disappointments on the day, I reserve the right to bail early if my knee goes *click*, however its withstood two or three days silly commuter racing and Arthur’s seat laps so I should be OK.Posted 8 years ago
you are much fitter than me!
As evidenced by what, my only dropping you on the etape recce cos you’d stopped for a five minute pee? 😀
Anyway, lets not start down that road, I’ll invite my mate as well, he’ll be slower than both of us 😈
(Markus, on the slim chance that you’re reading this, you know I’m joking!)Posted 8 years ago
For those after something less strenuous, there’s a small group leaving Tusitale at Fairmilehead tomorrow morning around 10am. Plan is to have an easy ride out to Broughton for some scran.
I rode the “Bethany Sportive” route yesterday and had a great time. Looks like a good option for May 8th. I just hope the weather is as good!Posted 8 years ago
Could be an idea. For instance, tomorrow run was just something that DGOAB and I dreamed up over the last couple of days whereas we might have just planned to tag-along on someone else’s ride if we’d known there was one organised. Should we just focus on those of us in SE Scotland?Posted 8 years ago
Let me know if you need an invite
Edit: Anyone got a decent photo for it?Posted 8 years ago
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