- The 2017 Highland Trail 550
Starting to get nervous 😯
Considering my bike is in bits ATM, I think I need to sort it out ASAP (See the thread about Hope brakes and Shimano shifters), hopefully tonight I’ll get the frame tape fixed. Once it’s back together a couple of shake down rides then the JennRide next weekend to finalise things.
After that I’ll take things easy and get the train to work then travel up Friday and see you in the campsite or pub 😆Posted 10 months ago
I’m very lucky Bob in that 18 bikes are sorting my bike for me.
I left it, and a very long list of jobs, with them and am picking it up after the weekend.
Kit is mainly decided on. Although the weather forecast a bit further on will decide if a few items come along or not.Posted 10 months ago
Did the northern loop over the BH weekend Rich. A couple of really tough sections but eased by quite a bit of road (I don’t include the Drumbeg road in the easy stuff!). It’s really, really dry at the moment, there’s a shot on Lars Henning’s route notes that shows the hidden meadow in Glen Golly during last year’s dry run – the left hand channel of the river is currently dry!
No doubt you’ll get to have a word with Alan next weekend.Posted 10 months agoAlasdairMcMember
I’m excited, but like others I don’t have a working bike yet. Luckily something went bang this week so I know it needs replaced, otherwise I’d be up North and likely scratched if it happened on the trail.
Hopefully I’ll be all set by next weekend. I’d hoped to get out riding this weekend but given bike issues I’ve taken it easy.Posted 10 months agoianpvMember
Yep, excited! LL200 was my shakedown ride and that successfully broke my bike so I can join the “riders with no bike gang”. Awaiting a new shock from chain reaction next week.
I’m taking it easy for the next couple of weeks, and hoping the fitness is there after the last 6 months of training!Posted 10 months ago
Had a shakedown ride today in the Dales, a pleasant 80Km. It’s very, very dry – even the bits that are normally bog are dry 😀 Fitness must be there as I got a fair few PBs and some Strava top tens on climbs at the end of the ride 😉
Think I need a new chainring though, there’s a bit of a grinding noise and it’s the only part of the drive train I didn’t replace. Possibly a new saddle as well though it’s a bit short notice to get one broken in in time.
I started a thread a while back about possibly replacing my Shimano XT brakes – I went for broke (brake?) and got some Hope X2s. Much better. In addition the hoses run better for when you attach a bar harness, the Shimanos exit the lever at an angle away from the bar so a harness forces them out of line.
Roll on the JennRide next weekend.Posted 10 months ago
Tom and Rich will be setting off tomorrow morning. Just for those wanting to get their dotwatcher practice in before the main start. I guess there will be more sleeping than in the main event but more fun guessing the Instagram meal picture at the usual stops. Will Tom get to eat pies at The Pie Shop?Posted 10 months ago
It would be great as a two week Bimble. I look forward to riding it like that at some point in the future.
There’s a lovely guide to riding it like that here – http://www.bikepacking.com/routes/highland-trail-550/Posted 10 months ago
Another ITT rider off today – Mark Armitage http://trackleaders.com/highland17i.php?name=Mark_ArmitagePosted 10 months ago
After a short diversion to Square Wheels for more brake pads and a wait for the Spar to reopen to stock up on cake and porcine products Tom and Rich put in a few more miles last night.Posted 10 months ago
They have made a start this morning already – hopefully the weather holds for them. Tom so wants to get back to see the main start.He will be the one who is setting the alarm.
As they go into uncharted territory I know he will appreciate support from fellow dotwatchers. They are checking Twitter feeds @richpips where they can.
Mainly a bump since riders (including myself) will be heading up to Tyndrum tomorrow in readiness for Saturday morning.
Minipips and his dad are still going strong on their ITT, they are approaching the Torridon descent as I type this.
The first 5Km or so of the group start will be neutralised and where the route leaves the West Highland Way there’ll be a few minutes’ pause to pay tribute to Mike Hall.Posted 10 months ago
When I spoke to them at elevenes they were going for the finish tonight but Tom has a split rim which is slowing them down. They aren’t carrying a lot of lumens so it is going to be a crossed finger job. Looking at the spot they are still going for it. Tom wants to get back to do the tribute to Mike so I think they will ride as much as they can and walk the rest where they can’t see. Expect them in Tyndrum tonight or early tomorrow.Posted 10 months agonbtMember
My mate Pete G is out there at the moment. Just had this update from his wife:
Pete got his pizza (yey!) and is sounding very chirpy and energetic, so is going to press on a bit further this evening.
The morning was quite tough going for many of them due to heat & humidity, so the rain this afternoon was a relief (it has rained since Laggan).
Well done Pete, keep it up 😉Posted 9 months ago
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